This is the first image of the suspected gunman who killed at least 50 people when he opened fire on a packed music festival in Las Vegas.
Stephen Paddock has been named as the suspect who shot dead crowds of revellers at the country music event on the US city’s world famous strip.
Police say the 64-year-old, from Nevada, killed himself before they stormed his room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
As well as the 50 people tragically confirmed dead, around 406 others have been left injured after the gunman opened fire on revellers.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The terror group claims Paddock converted to Islam months ago, according Amaq news agency.
However, police said they had no information about Paddock’s motive, that he had no criminal record and was not believed to be connected to any militant group.
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Crowds were enjoying the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when the shooter reportedly started spraying bullets from a hotel balcony.
As terrified revellers fled for safety, officials received reports of an “active” gunman and patrol vehicles descended on the popular US Strip.
Some officers were seen taking cover behind their vehicles, while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) later confirmed that one suspect was dead and that he is believed to have acted alone.
Later the full extent of the carnage was released with over 200 rounds fired by the gunman leaving 50 dead.
There are over 400 injured with from the 22,000 at the concert. Tens of thousands sheltering from the shooter.
Donald Trump has offered his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
The President took to Twitter shortly after sheriff Joe Lombardo confirmed the massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Trump tweeted: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
Below, we look at everything we know so far about the shooting…
Revellers were attending the Route 91 Harvest festival when the gunman allegedly opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
He is believed to have used a high-powered assault rifle to blast his victims. He then killed himself.
The incident took place at the end of a performance by Jason Aldean. Police responded to the shooting at about 10pm local time.
Video clips posted online captured what sounded like automatic weapons as panicked concert-goers fled and dropped to the ground, screaming.
Witnesses later described how they saw victims fleeing as shots rained down. Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.
Pictures of the scene showed many victims lying on the ground, covered in blood. Others captured people, both young and old, running for their lives.
After quickly arriving at the scene, some police officers were seen taking cover behind their vehicles, while others carrying assault rifles ran into the hotel.
How many people died?
More than 50 people were killed in the shooting, with over 200 others injured.
Speaking at a media briefing at around 1.30am, Sheriff Lombardo said the number of those wounded in the attack is “well in the excess of 100 plus”.
Later on the Sheriff confirmed 50 had died, while over 200 had been injured in the attack.
Off-duty police are believed to be among the victims – with one confirmed among the dead.
Earlier, a Las Vegas hospital spokeswoman had confirmed at least two people were killed and 24 others were wounded in the attack.
The spokeswoman, of the University Medical Center hospital, said 14 patients were in a critical condition and that all had suffered gunshot wounds.
The identities of those killed and wounded are currently unknown.
Who was the gunman?
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has confirmed that one suspect – a local man – is dead following the mass shooting.
The force said the suspect is believed to have acted alone. He is not believed to have been connected to any militant groups, the sheriff said.
The suspect was later named as Stephen Paddock, who it is claimed had converted to Islam.
The Amaq news agency said: “The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to
target states of the coalition.
“The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”
Sheriff Lombardo described how the gunman had been apprehended by police at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. He
Officers are now searching for the suspect’s female companion and ‘roommate’, Marilou Danley, who had travelled with him before the shooting.
They are also looking for two vehicles associated with the shooter – a Hyundai Tucson Nevada/114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Nevada/79D401.
In an earlier media briefing, held shortly after midnight, police reported that one suspect was “down”, but warned people to stay away from the area.
LVMPD wrote on Twitter: “”Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time.”
The force later said officers believe there were no other shooters in the incident.
Who is Marilou Danley?
Marilou Danley had at first been described as a female companion and “roommate” of the suspect. It was later reported that she was identified as the shooter’s wife.
The police department later confirmed she is ‘no longer a person of interest’.
She is said to have travelled with Paddock before the attack.
LVMPD tweeted: “Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1!.”
The force also posted a picture of Ms Danley.
Later Sheriff Jim Lombardo confirmed they had located Ms Danley.
What were the moments after the shooting like?
One witness, Jon Bessette, who was at the music festival, described how it was “pandemonium” as people fled for safety amid gunfire.
Speaking to NBC, he said: “The band ran off stage and it was pandemonium. Everyone was running, people were getting trampled.”
Some witnesses claimed they heard possibly hundreds of gunshots. Police tactical teams were seen searching the casino hotel for attackers.
Brit Andy Williamson was among those caught up in the chaos after the attack.
He was being interviewed on Good Morning Britain from the Bellagio Hotel when he was forced to cut off the interview amid screaming and sobs .
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Andy revealed that he and many others had been running along the Strip when they were told to go into the hotel’s ballrooms to hide.
At the beginning of the interview, he had said that they were being given the all-clear and spoke about his ordeal.
But noise was suddenly heard around him and he swore: “Oh s***, hold on. Hold on, sorry – I’m going to have to go. Everyone’s running, like mad.”
Poker player Dan Bilzerian was also caught up in the shooting. The 38-year-old shared a video to Snapchat as he ran from the sound of gunshots.
As he sprinted from the chaos to try to find a safe place, he declared: “Holy f***, this girl just got shot in the f****** head.”
He also admitted that he regretted not being armed during the shooting.
“Stupid a** me didn’t bring a gun,” he complained.
Have flights been affected?
Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs and shopping hotspots are a major draw for some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year.
The area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out.
The Mandalay Bay hotel is near McCarran International Airport, which said on Twitter it had temporarily halted flights after the shooting.
Later, the airport said that some flights had resumed.
Where was the music festival?
The music festival took place over the weekend.
The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels.
Other artists scheduled to play the main stage include Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, and more.
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