What We Know About the Las Vegas Shooting

The Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was going smoothly up until the last performer of the weekend. Moments after Jason Aldean hit the stage, gunfire erupted and chaos ensued.

Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada shortly after 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1. The death toll has risen to 58, with the number of injured reportedly at more than 500, as of noon on Oct. 2.

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The Las Vegas Strip Shooting is now the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, surpassing the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Miami last year.

The attendance of the concert was approximately 22,000 people, officials say.

Jake Owen was also on stage with Aldean when the gunfire started. Once safe, he sent out a series of tweets.

Country artists and celebrities throughout the world are sending their love and support for those hurt or killed and their families.

After the shooting, Jason Aldean posted a photo stating “Pray for Las Vegas” with the caption, “”Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t 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. #heartbroken #stopthehate.”

The FBI and investigators currently have no reason to believe that the shooter had any affiliation with a terrorist organization. The shooter’s brother, Eric Paddock, told the Las Vegas Review Journal, “There is no reason we can imagine why Stephen would do something like this.”

This is the second attack at a concert this year, the first being the Manchester suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert earlier this year.

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