Las Vegas shooter murders more than 50 before killing himself - Los Angeles Post-ExaminerLos Angeles Post-Examiner

Las Vegas shooter murders more than 50 before killing himself

LAS VEGAS: A gunman opened fire Sunday night with a fully automatic rifle from a room window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and killed at least 50 people and wounded another 400 in the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The shooter fired downward into a crowd of concert goers at a Jason Aldean country music concert that was occurring in a lot adjacent to the hotel, across Las Vegas Boulevard.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that 400 people had been wounded and at least 50 have died. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, died of a self-inflicted wound at his hotel, police said. He is a local resident and believed to be lone wolf. No motive is known.

Authorities were looking for a companion of the shooter, Marilou Danley, and authorities later said this morning, “We’re confident — but not 100 percent sure — we have located the female person of interest.”

Authorities were looking for a companion of the shooter, Marilou Danley, and authorities later said this morning, “We’re confident — but not 100 percent sure — we have located the female person of interest.”

Local news outlets played videos from concert goers showing persons dropping to the ground after being shot and others running from the area. The sound of the automatic weapon fire is easily heard on the videos that were released.

The gunfire sounded like a .30 caliber fully automatic weapon.

This is the worst shooting incident in Las Vegas history. As a former security director for two hotels in Las Vegas, this was my worst nightmare.

LVMPD released the photo of a person of interest, Maryilou Danley, an Asian female, 4’11”.

Police are also looking for two vehicles, 2017 Hyundai Tucson, Nevada plate 114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica, Nevada plate 79D401.

Top photo is a YouTube screenshot of Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo giving a press conference


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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a United States Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 35 years of real-world investigative experience. He has 19 years experience in a hotel and casino environment, 14 of which were in security management positions. In 1986 he was awarded Criminal Investigator of the Year by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. Contact the author.
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