At least 20 people including off-duty police officers have been killed and more than 100 other people injured in a mass shooting at an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said.
Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active gunman near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) October 2, 2017
Las Vegas police later killed a suspect on 32nd floor of a hotel across from the concert, and said they did not believe there were any other attackers.
Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the music festival and the sound of what they described as automatic gunfire.
Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said he and his girlfriend were watching country star Jason Aldean’s performance when he heard what sounded like fireworks. The music stopped temporarily and then started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.
Thousands fled as bursts of gunfire could be heard for more than five minutes, Mr Yazzie said.
Witnesses said they saw multiple victims and dozens of ambulances near the concert venue. Some attendees later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.
Officers carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.
Flights were temporarily halted at McCarran International Airport because of the shooting, the airport said on its verified Twitter account.
Limited flight activity has resumed at @LASairport. Please monitor flight status with your airline. Expect on going delays.
— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) October 2, 2017
Country music star Jason Aldean took to social media to say he and his crew are safe after the shooting.
Aldean was in the middle of his performance when shots were fired into the crowd.
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Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont 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
He posted on Instagram hours later, calling the incident “beyond horrific”.