The Las Vegas Shooting Revealed: The Telling Facts Behind a Massive Tragedy

A gunman opened fire at a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The suspect shot and killed at least 50 people, wounding more than 200 others in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. Police shot and killed the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Here’s what we know so far.

Shooting represents deadliest in modern U.S. history

People scramble for shelter in a Las Vegas shooting

People scramble for shelter in a Las Vegas shooting People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. | David Becker/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a statement, following the attack. Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday evening at approximately 10:08 p.m. The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rang out.

Police said an estimated 406 people were taken to area hospitals after the shooting, The Washington Post reported. Authorities did not immediately clarify how many were wounded by gunfire or injured in resulting panic. Las Vegas SWAT officers found Paddock dead in his hotel room when they responded to the call.

Some bystanders compared the shooting to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016. The death toll surpasses that one so far, which reached 49 when the gunman opened fire on a crowded nightclub. He later credited the Islamic State with inspiration for the attack.

Next: Police apprehended the suspect in his hotel room.

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