The Country Music Association (CMA) honored victims of the mass shooting attack at a Las Vegas country music festival with a candlelight vigil on Monday night. The CMA partnered with Nashville mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. More details are forthcoming. CMA took to Twitter to share the news that the vigil was hosted at Ascend Ampitheater at 6PM CT Monday evening. Free parking was offered at Nissan Stadium’s Lot R.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic event in Las Vegas, especially the victims, their families and friends, and the fans, artists and crews from our Country community in Vegas,” a press release reads. “This festival brought together people from all backgrounds united in enjoying life through music.”
Las Vegas police have found at least eight guns in the 32nd floor hotel room from which a gunman opened fire at concertgoers below, killing at least 50 and injuring more than 200, police say.
Crowded clubs and music venues have come under attack several times in the past. After the shooting at a Las Vegas concert that killed at least 58 people late on Sunday, here is a recap of some of the deadliest attacks on such venues around the world over the past 15 years.
Manchester pop concert
On May 22 this year, a suicide bomber kills at least 22 people and wounds 59 at the 21 000-capacity Manchester Arena after a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.
The attacker claims to be a supporter of the Islamic State group.
Shortly after Turkey rings in 2017, a gunman bursts into the exclusive Reina nightclub, spraying partygoers with bullets and killing 39 people, mostly foreigners. Another 65 people are wounded at the venue which is packed with more than 700 people. The attack is also claimed by the IS group.
Florida gay club
In June 2016, a gunman opens fire inside the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50. US authorities say the attacker had pledged allegiance to IS, with the extremist group later identifying him as one of its militants.
Three armed men wearing explosive belts storm the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015, killing 90 people during a gig by US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. At the same time other gunmen open fire on bars and restaurants in the city while others blow themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium. Claimed by IS, the attacks kill 130 people and wound another 350 in the worst-ever terror attacks on French soil.
In July 2003, a double suicide attack during a rock concert at the Tushino airfield near Moscow kills 15 people and wounds around 50. Two women identified by Russia as Chechen separatists mixed with around 20 000 fans who had come to hear some of Russia’s top bands at the annual Krylya (Wings) festival.
Chechen rebels disrupt a musical in Moscow and take more than 912 people hostage over three days in October 2002. Russian special forces storm the theatre after sending in gas to subdue the gunmen; when the smoke clears, 130 hostages are dead, almost all of them because of the gas.
The Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar in Bali are hit by a huge car bomb in October 2002. Both are filled with foreign tourists and 202 people, 88 of them Australians, are killed. The attack is attributed to the Jemaah Islamiyah, a south-east Asian network linked to Al-Qaeda.
17:55 FBI says Las Vegas shooter had no connection to international terrorist group.
“It was pretty much like a war scene inside.Emergency crews used anything to hand as makeshift stretchers, including tables and metal railings normally used to control the crowds, said Hayes. Asked if he thought it was an inexperienced gunman, he responded: “With 30 000 people in the arena area, it was kind of like shooting goldfish … He didn’t have to be good.” – AFP
Stephen Craig Paddock was a retired accountant who lived on a desert golf course in Mesquite Nevada, with no known history of violence – until he shot dead 50 people in a hail of gunfire from his Las Vegas hotel window.
Paddock’s family was in shock after the 64-year-old sowed terror on the Vegas strip in the worst mass shooting in recent US history, which the Islamic State group early Monday claimed was carried out by one of its “soldiers”.
His brother, Eric Paddock, told CBS News his brother was “not an avid gun guy at all”. “Where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background or anything like that,” he said. “He’s a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite, drove down and gambled in Las Vegas. He did stuff. Eat burritos. “Paddock was found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, when a police SWAT team burst in to his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel. The gunman, who photographs showed as greying with a trimmed beard and moustache, was a former accountant and a licensed pilot with no criminal record, according to ABC News.
At least eight weapons, including a number of long rifles, were recovered in his hotel room. Las Vegas police said 50 people were confirmed dead and more than 400 people were transported to hospitals in the horrific shooting. ISIS’ propaganda outlet Amaq said in online statements the attack was carried out by a “soldier” who had “converted to Islam several months ago”. Security officials earlier said Paddock appeared to have been working alone, and his brother told US media he had no known religious affiliation. “Nothing. No religious affiliation, no political affiliation, he just hung out,” Eric Paddock told CBS.
The 55-year-old Paddock, who lives in Orlando Florida, told media the family was shocked by the shooting. “It’s like an asteroid just fell on top of our family,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We have no idea how this happened.” Stephen Paddock also had a hunting license for Alaska, where hunting for big game like elk and bear is popular. According to publicly available information, he resided in a new golf course development carved into the desert just outside Mesquite, Nevada on the border with Arizona. – AFP
16:56 Trump says Las Vegas mass shooting ‘was an act of pure evil’, praises first responders to the scene.
After a gunman killed more than 50 people at a Las Vegas concert on Sunday, here are some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States in the past 25 years.
Florida club: 49 killed
A heavily-armed gunman opens fire inside a gay nightclub in the city of Orlando on June 12, 2016 and kills 49 people. The attacker is killed in a shootout with police; he pledges allegiance to the Islamic State group, which later claims responsibility.
Virginia Tech: 32 killed
A 23-year-old student of Korean origin goes on a rampage at Virginia Tech University in the town of Blacksburg in April 2007. He kills 27 students and five teachers before committing suicide.
Sandy Hook: 26 killed
A disturbed 20-year-old man kills his mother in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 before blasting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shooting dead 20 six- and seven-year old children and six adults. He commits suicide.
Texas restaurant: 22 dead
In October 1991 a man shoots dead 22 people in a restaurant in the town of Killeen, Texas and then kills himself. Another wounded victim dies later.
California office party: 14 dead
A newlywed radicalised Muslim couple storm a Christmas office party at a social services center in San Bernardino in December 2015 and gun down 14 people, wounding 22 others. They are shot dead by police.
Fort Hood military base: 13 dead
In November 2009 a US army psychiatrist opens fire at his military base in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 42, before being overpowered by police.
New York immigrant center: 13 dead
A Vietnamese immigrant shoots dead 13 people at a civic center in the New York state city of Binghamton in April 2009, before killing himself.
Columbine High: 13 dead
Two teenage boys shoot and kill 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, in April 1999, before killing themselves.
Marines: 12 dead
A troubled former serviceman shoots randomly at workers at the Washington Navy Yard headquarters in September 2013, killing 12 people before he is shot dead by officers.
Denver cinema: 12 dead
A young man wearing body armor storms a cinema showing a late-night premiere of a Batman film in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012, opening fire and releasing tear gas. Twelve people and 70 wounded. He is sentenced to life in prison
15:13 The US Homeland Security Department says there is no “specific credible threat” involving other public venues in the US. after the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 50 people. The gunman, identified by police as Stephen Paddock died at the scene. Police said he fired from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino onto an outdoor country music festival Sunday night. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. In Washington, A Homeland Security spokesperson, David Lapan, tweeted on Monday the department has “no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country”. Police have not yet determined a motive in the shootings.
Heavily armed police are searching the Nevada retirement-community home of a man authorities say killed more than 50 people when he opened fire at a country-music concert in Las Vegas. Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner says police surrounded and entered the single-family home where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock lived with 62-year-old Marilou Danley early Monday morning. He says Danley was not at the house and police saw “no movement” inside before serving a search warrant at the one-story, three-bedroom home in the Sun City Mesquite retirement community, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. Tanner says detectives from Las Vegas and North Las Vegas were at the scene in the resort community of Mesquite, located near the Arizona state line.
5:15am. Las Vegas police say they’ve determined that a woman they were seeking is no longer considered a “person of interest” in the deadly mass shooting at a country music festival. Police say they don’t believe 62-year-old Marilou Danley was involved in the Sunday night shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200. Police initially said they were seeking the woman who may have been the roommate of the shooter.
4:40am Authorities say the on-duty police officer who was wounded at the deadly Las Vegas concert attack is out of surgery and in stable condition. The unnamed officer was one of two on-duty Las Vegas police officers wounded on Sunday night. The other sustained minor injuries.
AP UPDATE: Trump tweets condolences to Las Vegas shooting victims
Washington – President Donald Trump is extending condolences to the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas and their families. In a tweet on Monday, Trump offered “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was “briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas”. Sanders said that “we are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials. All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers.” A gunman’s attack on the Sunday night country music concert killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200.
Country music star Jason Aldean took to social media to say he and his crew are safe after a gunman killed 50 people at an outdoor concert on Sunday. Aldean was in the middle of his performance when the bullets rained down on the crowd. He posted on Instagram hours later, calling the shooting “beyond horrific”.
CAIRO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded over 400 in Las Vegas early on Monday and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago.
“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 group’s news agency Amaq said in reference to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.
“The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago,” Amaq added.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 others before the shooter was killed by police.
Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” he said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”
Authorities were seeking a woman they named as Marilou Danley, he said. He gave no details of whether she was suspected of involvement in the attack but described her as an “associate”.
He said rumors of other shootings or explosives such as car bombs in the area were false.
Las Vegas is a major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping and nightlife, which would have been packed at time the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m. ET.
And police said the toll may yet rise: “I don’t want to give you an accurate number because I don’t have it yet,” Lombardo said.
The shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.
U.S. media, including Fox News, reported that Aldean was performing when the rampage began but that he had been bundled safely off stage at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling mecca. CNN reported all the artists were safe.
Lombardo said the gunfire came from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, where the gunman was killed.
Police have disclosed no information that would suggest a motive for the shooting or revealed the identify of the suspect.
Even so, the rampage was reminiscent of a mass shooting at a Paris rock concert in November 2015 that killed 89 people, part of a coordinated attack by Islamist militants that left 130 dead.
A witness named Christine told CNN both she and her husband had separately taken shooting victims to two hospitals, the University Medical Center and the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.
“The shots just kept coming,” she said. “Everyone was telling us ‘run, run as fast as you can’.”
Off-duty police were believe to be among the victims, the sheriff said.
The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels.
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.