by Countable | 10.2.17
A single gunman, firing from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, sprayed a crowd of concert-goers with multiple bursts of automatic gunfire late Sunday night.
Police SWAT teams rushed into the building, The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, locking down entire floors until they located the shooter.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed that the man was 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. He was engaged by the SWAT team, and killed himself before officers entered his hotel room.
Current police estimates are that the man killed 59 people and 527 were injured.
Police identified "a companion" of Paddock, a woman named Marilou Danley. They believe they have located her.
Local hospitals were packed to capacity, as hundreds of wounded were rushed into emergency rooms. Responders ferried the wounded in wheel barrows and luggage carts.
President Trump was briefed on the situation by his Chief of Staff, John Kelly.
At 7:48am, President Trump tweeted:
BREAKING: Without providing evidence, Islamic State claims Las Vegas attack, says shooter converted to Islam months ago.— The Associated Press (@AP) October 2, 2017
At 3pm the Senate observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the shooting.
It has been reported that 19 weapons were retrieved from the hotel room used by the suspect, although no details have been officially released yet. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is conducting a trace on the guns. A Las Vegas gun store owner told ABC News that Paddock purchased guns from his store and that all necessary background checks and other procedures were completed successfully, and he gave no indication of instability.
At 6:50pm the House observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the shooting.
Countable will continue to update this story as facts become available
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When will the US come to its senses? How many of these do we need to endure before we learn from the example of our allies in Canada, Europe, and Australia? While it is true we can never completely eliminate the risk of gun violence no matter what, we know there are steps we can take to lower that risk--and this has been shown both in the examples of our allies AND in the scientific literature. This is no mystery. Our refusal to implement even the most basic and sensible legislation makes us all complicit.
Do SOMETHING about the DAMN GUNS! Ban assault rifles, enact sensible gun laws, background checks, licensing, require insurance, oppose the damn NRA. Do something!! This is 20 mass shootings past the time to do something. America is an embarrassment
Stop being cowards to the NRA and DO SOMETHING!!!!
This is becoming commonplace. My fear is that again nothing will be done and politicians will spout platitudes and do nothing. When 20 children were murdered at Sandy Hook even that did not spur legislation. Pathetic.
Enough is enough. It is time to take a stand against assault weapons with no other purpose than to kill lots of people. We must take these weapons out of the hands of private citizens. What will it take for you to act. If only criminals will have them, fine. Over time there will be fewer of these guns and rounds. Ban these weapons. Make it so that if you have them you are a criminal. Allow the police to arrest you and confiscate these weapons. STOP THIS.
Let me guess, an old white tRump supporter who felt attacked by perceived "immorality" of the concert/concert goers? I certainly wouldn't be surprised. Plus, they'll never call this man a terrorist if he's white, despite the insane body count. And, AGAIN, why the hell do you need an AUTOMATIC weapon as a civilian?! We seriously have to get these off the damn streets!
Please enact gun control NOW. There are a lot of toxic forces behind the domestic terrorism we keep seeing, which we need to address as a nation. In the mean time, if terrorists like Stephen Paddock could not purchase guns - and not only guns, but automatic weapons designed specifically for mass killing - maybe the 50+ people who were just murdered in Las Vegas would still be alive. We can’t know who is going to be a responsible gun owner, who is going to have an accident with a gun, and who is going to turn out to be a terrorist. Aren’t civil liberties supposed to extend as far as they do not infringe on others’ rights and liberties? It was completely within the murder victims’ liberties to assemble at a concert, and the fact that this domestic terrorism has become a trend means that anyone going to a large public event has to make that decision knowing that they could be killed for it. Gun availability has been threatening and harming all of us for a long time now. We have asked for you to do something about it before. This shooting is on you.
When are we going to learn. Guns kill. Do we need to arm every citizen? Issue bullet proof vests to every man woman and child? The second amendment was not for this. I'm ashamed of our country's inability to control guns.
For those anti-gun uninformed commenting on this get your facts first. 1 You cannot own a class 3 automatic weapon without an incredibly extensive investigation and background check and a valid reason for owning one. 2 You are not allowed firearms in any of the casinos in Las Vegas. 3 Nevada is an open carry state. Was the weapon legally owned and licensed? Early information indicates the perpetrator has a domestic violence history so the weapon was illegally obtained. Let facts come to light so we can all know the truth.
This man is a domestic terrorist, and now so is the NRA. The second amendment to the Constitution allows for self defense, not a mass shooting. Gun control is important
Another in a long line of gun related tragedies that America seems immune too and powerless to stop. Feckless politicians will do nothing, the NRA will advocate for more guns and looser carry laws and a week from now this event will be old news. We continue to outdo ourselves sinking to new lows. How awfully sad and how terrible for those cut down by an assault weapon that has no other purpose than to kill people. I sure am glad tRump is making America so great again. What’s next?
Automatic weapons are already illegal unless you have a class 3 license (extremely hard to get), handguns kill more people per year than “assault rifles” (aren’t a real classification of weapon). Background checks are already federally required for weapon purchases, it’s already illegal to buy a gun for someone who can’t. All these gun laws you want enacted, already are and have been for a while, won’t change anything except make it harder for those which can legally and rightfully own firearms obtain said firearms.
Time to SERIOUSLY address gun control. There's no need for any non military ownership of automatic weapons. Americans shooting Americans continues yet you're still concerned about immigrants and a Muslim country ban?? WAKE UP!!
Let me start by saying I support the 2nd Amendment.... let me tell you how. We defined, and encourage a well-armed militia - it is called the National Guard, the Army, the Marines, the Air Force, the Navy, our local police force. For those who like or need to hunt to provide food for their families- rifles and pistols are a requirement. That being said... so you understand we have common ground - we do not need automatic weapons in the hands of the general population, we do not need silencers in the hands of the general population, we do not need hollow point bullets in the hands of the general population. We do not need open carry or concealed carry laws, and we do not need reciprocity between cities and states for any of these things. I say this as 50 lay dead and 200+wounded in Las Vegas. I know that ALL of my representatives disagree with me, and all of them are supported by the NRA. I am tired of this death spiral we are intent on keeping in place. There is so much hate in our country right now, and so much pure stupidity around guns, with little to no background checks. We need laws changed and put into place to turn this around. NOW!
What do you people not understand. Get a education. All I hear is stop the sale of automatic weapons. These weapons have been banned for sale back in 1934 in the national firearms act. Weapons of war have not been on the market.
If someone ran over 50 people with a truck or killed them by running over them in a car, we should ban trucks and cars. If someone flew an airplane into a crowd, we should ban airplanes too. If someone killed people with a pressure cooker (like when they did at the Boston Marathon ), we should ban pressure cookers too. If someone kills several people with knives, we should ban knives too. If someone kills people by contaminatING Tylenol or aspirin like before, we should ban Tylenol. Listen! - PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!!!!!!
Guns do not kill people, the wacko people kill people! They are inspired by hate and/or loss and will use what ever means they have to kill. What right does one have to take another’s life? It is sad. My heart goes out to family and friends.
This is not what the 'right to bear arms' is all about. It's time there was a serious discussion about removing these weapons from the general public or at least enacting a national weapons database to identify owners of these dangerous weapons. I can guarantee despite all the personal ownership of handguns, none of those owners had a chance against this perpetrator.
America is long overdue for common sense gun law reform. Please don't let this shooting in Vegas be just another tragedy. Let it be the catalyst for change.
Sad, very sad. I am not a gun enthusiast, however, understand people kill people. And listening to the news, if it was a semi, it could of been modified. It's people killing people! Focus on that! Condolences to those that lost their life or where hurt.