LOS ANGELES – At least 50 people were killed and over 200 others wounded in a mass shooting at a concert Sunday night outside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas in the U.S. state of Nevada, local police said on Monday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
The death toll, yet preliminary and tentative, would make the mass shooting the deadliest in U.S. history.
In an earlier report, a local police spokesman Joe Lombardo told a press conference that the key suspect was firing an automatic rifle from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and was killed by police shortly.
In video clips posted online, the sound of an automatic weapon being fired can be heard. It was reported that the kind of firearm that made that noise cannot be easily purchased at US gun stores.
Local media reported that the shooting occurred at 11.30 pm and ABC 7 news channel reported that there were hundreds of shots.
A female officer of Las Vegas Metropolis Police Department (LVMDP) told Xinhua via phone that she did not know how many people died and only confirmed that “the strip has been closed.”
The concert was interrupted after people gathering there run away when they found it was the sound of machine gun instead of fireworks.
Earlier, CBS Los Angeles and FOX 11 both said two were killed in the shooting, while 24 were injured and 12 in critical condition.
The report also said another suspect was still at large, but LVMDP tweeted at 12.30 am Monday morning on its official page “we don’t believe there are any more shooters.”
LVMPD tweeted early that “Please do not live stream or share tactical positions of our officers on scene, this may put emergency responders in danger.” – BERNAMA