Las Vegas Attack
In Las Vegas Attack At 12 when people were enjoying the O show at Bellagio, the Breathtaking the performance of world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, and divers, people witnessed something so scary that it may leave Goosebumps to them who only listen to what happened there. There had a mass shooting where almost 59 people died and more than 520 were injured. A gunman firing from a Las Vegas hotel had rained a rapid-fire barrage on a huge concert festival on Sunday night. Thousands of people were fleeing from the venue until SWAT units found him dead in his hotel room. Amid this chaos there people who just got injured because of the chaos that happened there.
It was a nightmare for all, as the bloomy day ended up with all of these events. Sunday evening had started on an exciting note as we embarked on a Las Vegas by Night tour with a trip to the Volcano show, followed by dinner at Panda Express.-
No one knew that a little later, the area around the restaurant, so close to the Mandalay Bay, would see a bloodbath. The show, which had begun at 9.30pm, ended at 11.10pm.
Las Vegas Attack
There was a heady hangover of O’s tribute to the beauty of theatre. But within minutes, Bellagio felt changed drastically. There was panic all around with people running here and there in the lobby. Initially, we thought some big movie star had suddenly come in leading to this mass hysteria. But the scared faces told a different story.
Some of the 30-odd tourists standing ahead of us suddenly started screaming hysterically. Someone screamed about hearing gunshots fired. We could hear sirens of police vehicles and ambulances. Suddenly, resort hotels like Venetian and Bellagio shut their main entrances for no entry. We learned there was shooting near Mandalay Bay but none could say if it was a terror attack. All of us rushed inside Bellagio and took shelter in the lobby.
The Uber app wasn’t functioning normally because the internet wasn’t working normally. Unlike India, people in Vegas are a different lot, trying to get any information with blank stares. Not just the authorities, even the man on the street was quick to warn against spreading rumors. In desperation, I started messaging people back home on WhatsApp. For the next hour, I received information about what was happening on the Las Vegas Strip from friends back home. To my horror, the number of casualties outside kept climbing. One message said the toll had touched 50.
After what felt like a never-ending wait but was, in reality, a little over an hour we finally got a cab and left Bellagio with great trepidation. Even while leaving the hotel, I asked the janitor to share what had happened, but he wasn’t ready to share any unconfirmed news. The cabbie, too, was equally protective towards this. Constant radio feeds navigated us which roads to avoid and which to take.
Vegas, it is said, it never sleeps. On Sunday night too, it didn’t. Shop’s shutters were open while we were returning to our hotel. The cafes hadn’t closed their shutters also. But unlike other nights, there were no tourists or travelers thronging these places.
Countless ambulances were there flashing red and blue lights as we negotiated the traffic to take a different route to our hotel. It was almost 1.15am when we finally reached our hotel. Exhausted and drained, we retired hoping the mayhem would end by the morning.
The attack, at least initially, was as inexplicable as it was terrifying. Law enforcement officials said they could not immediately tell what drove Stephen Paddock to fire at thousands of unsuspecting concertgoers without any reason from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before killing himself.
Mass Shooting at Las Vegas 59 Dead, More than 520 Injured (Las Vegas Attack)
Authorities said a sweep of law enforcement databases showed Paddock had no known run-ins with police and FBI, and — despite the Islamic State’s repeated claims otherwise — investigators also could not find any connections with international terrorist groups. He was the son of a notorious bank robber and his own crime demonstrated some amount of sophisticated planning, as it seemed a plan.
Police said he stayed in a large hotel suite for several days and aroused no suspicions, bringing with him an arsenal of 23 weapons — their calibers ranging from .223 to .308, some with scopes — authorities said. One of the weapons he apparently used in the attack an AK-47 type rifle gun, with a stand used to steady it for firing, people familiar with the case said. He fired, without warning, from an elevated position on an open-air venue, leaving his victims few options to avoid harm.
“I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath,” said Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which is leading the investigation.
Investigators on Monday searched Paddock’s home and another piece of property he owned, and they hoped to review surveillance footage and other electronic equipment to determine how and why Paddock perpetrated an unprecedented massacre.
Among the questions they have: How a former accountant with a penchant for high-stakes gambling obtained a weapon that sounded to those on the ground like it could fire as an automatic, and how he was able to bring it and many other weapons into a Vegas hotel suite undetected.
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A gunman on a high floor of a hotel rained a rapid-fire barrage on an outdoor concert festival on Sunday let night, leaving at least 59 people dead, injuring 527 others, and sending thousands of terrified survivors fleeing for cover, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
Online video of the Las Vegas Attack near Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino showed the singer Jason Aldean’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music Function, being interrupted by the sound of gunfire. The music stopped, and as victims fell bleeding, concertgoers screamed, ducked for cover, or run. “Get down,” one shouted. “Stay down,” screamed another.
Who was the gunman? (Las Vegas Attack)
Mr. Paddock, 64, described as a high-flying gambler who lived in a quiet retirement community. Officials said he had no significant criminal history and drew little attention to himself.
Investigators are trying to piece together his financial history to search for clues that could help determine what set him off.
Details about Mr. Paddock’s career and livelihood were sparse, aside from observations by neighbors and family members. That he routinely gambled large amounts of money. “He was a wealthy guy, playing video poker, who went cruising all the time and lived in a hotel room,” a brother, Eric Paddock, said.
Mr. Paddock and his three brothers raised by their mother, who told the children their father had died when in fact he was in prison, Eric Paddock said. Mr. Paddock’s father was convicted in 1961 of committing a series of bank robberies, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but escaped from La Tuna federal prison in Texas in 1968. And then became a used-car dealer and bingo parlor operator in Oregon.
The family moved around the country, from Iowa to Tucson to Southern California, another brother, Patrick Paddock II, said.
In an interview with CBS, Eric Paddock said that his brother Stephen was “not an avid gun guy at all.”
“The fact that he had that kind of weapons is just — where the hell did he get automatic weapons?” he asked.
Guests at the Mandalay Bay are in shock. (Las Vegas Attack)
The hotel was on partial lockdown Monday. While guests allowed in the hotel through the parking structure in the back of the complex. Also, the exits to the Strip closed.
The casino floor was largely empty, though a few gamblers played slots. Several guests napped on couches, some covered in towels and bathrobes they given overnight.
A bellman at the hotel said the gunman’s car was still in the valet, which shut down.
Melissa Ayala, 41, came to the country music festival with four friends from Orange, Calif. They were drinking and laughing when they heard what they thought was fireworks. She did not realize it was gunfire until a man near them grazed by a bullet. And fell to the ground, blood coming from his neck.
“It seemed like rapid fire,” she said. “There was blood pouring everywhere.”