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Two hours of horror, disbelief, as gunman opens fire in Las Vegas

Two hours of horror, disbelief, as gunman opens fire in Las Vegas”

The shooting left at least 59 people dead and hundreds injured.

Stephen Paddock was identified by police as the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

While some concertgoers hit the ground Sunday night, others pushed for the crowded exits, shoving through narrow gates and climbing over fences as 40- to 50-round bursts of fire rained down on them from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel.

USA officials also discounted a claim of responsibility by the militant Islamic State group.

The announcement came after ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting without providing evidence. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

Paddock had 16 guns in his hotel room when his body was found by police, according to law enforcement authorities; another 18 were found at his home, they said, plus various explosives, including ammonium nitrate, a common fertiliser that can be turned into a bomb.

"It's scary to know that you lose contact with people and you don't know what happened, whether they were injured or even worse, killed", he said. Both stocks plummeted following the surprise win by Trump, who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Paddock is much older than the typical shooter and was not known to be suffering from a mental illness.

In a brief interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Eric Paddock said he can't understand what happened.

Bruce Paddock told NBC News the family grew up in Sun Valley, California, and his brother earned money from managing apartment buildings with his Florida-based mother.

"No affiliation, no religion, no politics". He was a guy.

Investigators are working to determine if Paddock modified the AK-47 with mechanical components to make it fully automatic, which is illegal, or if he used a legal modification like an attachable crank, which depresses the trigger faster than a finger and can be bought online for as little as US$40 (S$54).

Al Mancini was waiting to give blood when he tweeted, "Las Vegas cares".

Paddock was living in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, at the time of the shooting.

According to police, Paddock had booked into the hotel four days earlier, on 28 September, reportedly using some of Ms Danley's identity documents.

Police and federal investigators still do not have a motive.

He called the mass shooting "an act of pure evil", adding "In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one - and it always has".

A person lies on the ground at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 1, 2017.

"[The bullets] were coming out very quick, and you heard a large number of shots very quickly".

"We're hunting down and tracing down every single clue that we can get in his background", Clark County Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo told reporters.

In a Facebook post, his wife, Dr Heather Gulish Melton, said she "lost my true love and knight in shining armor".

Best-selling country singer Jason Aldean was on stage and near the end of his concert when the shooting began.

He also praised the first responders and said that acts like these will not break American spirits.

Paddock's brothers in interviews with NBC News struggled to reconcile how Stephen, without a history of violence, could have carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. "He didn't have to be good".

Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas spurred a ritual-like response from U.S. politicians following the mass shootings that have left a trail of victims across the country: Democrats renewed demands for tougher gun laws while Republicans offered up prayers but showed no signs of supporting such legislation.

It was also the latest in a series of deadly attacks at concert venues.



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