Horror at Las Vegas shooting: 50+ Killed and 200 Hurt near Mandalay Bay

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01 People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Horror and tragedy has struck at a Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night as a lone shooter opened fire on a music concert.

According to NBC News, more than 50 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern American history when a lone gunman opened fire into an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel on Sunday night, police said.

More than 200 people were injured as performer Jason Aldean was onstage, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference.

The gunman was identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada. Apparently, the gunman was previously known to police authorities, but the shooting is not believed to be connected to international terrorism.

Police responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET), and the suspect was fatally shot in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, officials said.

Eyewitnesses tell of the horror as what initially sounded like firecrackers ramped up to automatic rifle speeds as people dropped everywhere as they tried to run for cover.

It is unclear at this point what his mission is. Undoubtedly, that will become clear in the coming days as authorities find out more about him. For now, our hearts go out to the families of the deceased and hope for healing for those injured by this maniac.

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