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OCTOBER 3, 2017
America is great and will persevere. A lone gunman released a rapid-fire barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel late Sunday, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500 others attending a country music festival below, officials said. It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
The shooter, identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, fired shot after shot from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down on the crowd of about 22,000, sending terrified concertgoers running for their lives.
•59 people were killed, more than 527 injured in deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
•Gunman identified as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada.
•At least 10 weapons were found inside Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
•President Trump, who will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday, called the shooting "an act of pure evil."
Police responded to reports of the shooting
just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET). Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph
Lombardo told reporters Monday that authorities believe Paddock killed
himself before police entered his room. Earlier, officials had said police
fatally shot Paddock. Authorities were digging into Paddock's history.
Other than a citation he received several years ago that was "handled as
a normal practice" by the courts, Lombardo said he had no criminal background.
Paddock is believed to have checked into the hotel on Sept. 28, Lombardo
said, and had an "excess of 10 rifles" in his room.