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Over 20 dead, 100+ injured in Las Vegas shooting – Police

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More than 20 dead in Las Vegas shooting – Police
 

More than 20 people were killed and at least 100 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.

University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the hospital is still evaluating the condition of “many patients” with gunshot wounds in the wake of the shooting, but at least 14 were in critical condition.

Police reported that the suspect, a Las Vegas resident whose name was not immediately released, was dead. “Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone wolf attacker,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. Authorities said the gunman appeared to have begun firing at 10:08 p.m. from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel toward the concert venue across the street.

Officers entered the room and engaged the suspect. “He is dead, currently,” Lombardo said.

The sheriff said police are seeking to interview a woman, identified as Marilou Danley, who was believed to be traveling with the suspect. “We have not located her at this time, and we are interested in talking to her for a follow-up,” Lombardo said. Two of the dead may include a pair of off-duty police officers who were attending the concert, Lombardo said.

Authorities established a command post and triage center, and shut down parts of the Strip. Police initially investigated reports of a “suspicious device” down the street, outside the Luxor Hotel, but said later there appeared to be no explosive devices related to the incident, other than that used by the SWAT team breaching the room where the suspect was located.


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