At least 50 people were killed and 200 injured overnight on the Las Vegas Strip marking the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. A crowd had gathered to watch country musician Jason Aldean perform when the shots rang out.
Videos captured the terrifying moments of the rapid-fire shooting.
In the video, you can hear some people mistaking the gunshots for fireworks.
“They’re not real gunshots,” one man said. “...It’s fireworks. It’s fireworks.”
Others feared a stampede. “We’re going to get trampled if we don’t go,” someone can be heard saying, according to USA Today.
According to CNN, some of the injured were hurt during a stampede.
Another video showed the moment that the concert turned deadly.
The shooter, who has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel according to Sheriff Joe Lombardo of Las Vegas Police. He said at a news conference that when police arrived at his room, Paddock was already dead. Several firearms were found along with his body. According to USA Today, Paddock is a local resident.
"Right now, we believe it's a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor," Lombardo said. He added that some of the victims were police officers.
Witness Ivetta Saldana hid in a sewer during the shooting. She told The Las Vegas Review-Journal, “It was was a horror show. People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”
Rachel De Kerf began recording cell phone footage after the first shots went off. "The gunshots lasted for 10-15 minutes. It didn't stop," she said. "We just ran for our lives."
Her sister, Monique Dumas, said everyone got down and crouched when they realized there was a shooting.
"The band was rushed off the stage, the floodlights came on the crowd, and you see on the right hand of the stage the person who was injured, so they're calling for medics, calling for security, then there was gunfire again," Dumas said.
According to CNN, it is believed the shooter used a military-style weapon.
"Automatic weapon(s) like that -- had to be numbers of magazines or a very large drum, it sounded to me like a belt-fed weapon, a military-style weapon and then to be shooting down, to use the analogy, it was like shooting fish in a barrel in that space," CNN law enforcement analyst James Gagliano said.
"Tonight has been beyond horrific," Aldean posted on Instagram. "I still dont (sic) know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night."
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