UPDATE: At least 58 people were killed and 515 were injured during Sunday night's shooting. Although it was initially reported that Stephen Paddock was killed by authorities after they raided his room, the Las Vegas massacre suspect actually committed suicide, police say.
ISIS has claim responsibility for the attack, saying the shooter had converted to Islam months ago, however, US officials say there were no signs that indicate Paddock had ties with an Islamic terrorist group.
This story was originally published on October 2, 2017 at 9:05 am.
A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel at a country music festival in Las Vegas late Sunday night, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 200.
The gunman, who was identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, from Mesquite, Nevada, was shot and killed after officers breached the room. Authorities found several weapons after being forced to use explosives to enter. The shooting is not believed to be linked to a terror group.
An eyewitness, Meghan Kearney, described the panic-stricken horror during the attack. “We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground,” she told MSNBC.
"People kept dropping and dropping. … People were getting shot one foot away from us," Kearney added. “People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”
Country star Jason Aldean, who was performing when the gunfire began, took to Instagram to send his thoughts and prayers to everyone.
"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," the singer shared with his followers.
President Donald Trump also took to Twitter Monday morning to pay his respects to those affected by the horrific attacks. "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you," the former businessman wrote.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
Sunday night shooting surpassed the death toll from the 2016 Orlando nightclub massacre that killed 49 people and wounded 58 others, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.