The massacre took place at the Route 91 Harvest festival, an outdoor event on the Vegas Strip. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired shots from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel. He subsequently shot and killed himself.
After locating a person of interest named Marilou Danley, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say they believe Paddock acted alone.
At this time there is in excess of 50 deceased and over 200 injured individuals.— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
The shooting rampage began at 10:00 p.m. local time. Witnesses claim that the stream of gunshots lasted for longer than five minutes and that it sounded like hundreds of shots were fired. Many also claim that they thought the sounds were just faulty fireworks or power lines at first.
Chaos quickly erupted as 30,000 concertgoers tried to flee the scene or take cover under vehicles and the stage. Radio host Cam Brainard told CBC that, in addition to seeing many people wounded from the gunshots, many others were "getting trampled."
At least three Canadians are among the dead. One of those has been identified as 23-year-old Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge, BC, while a second Canadian who died in the attack is reportedly a woman from Alberta. Two Manitoba women were also injured in the attack, as were two men from Saskatchewan.
Facebook has since set up a safety check for those in the affected area, as well as their families and friends.
Disturbing footage of the attack has surfaced on social media. Aldean and his band can be seen fleeing the stage in the video below. Watch at your own discretion.
Aldean has since confirmed that he and his crew escaped the incident safely, but shared a message of condolences for those who did not.
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
A number of artists who also performed at Route 91 Harvest, as well as many others, have also shared messages in the aftermath of the violence. Read a selection of those below.
Spent I don't know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage... know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire...— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 2, 2017
There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 2, 2017
fuck. feel sick for the victims of las vegas and their families. i'm so sorry— Lorde (@lorde) October 2, 2017
Saying a prayer for all the victims & their loved ones, also for the residents & visitors of Las Vegas! This was a horrific act of terror!!— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 2, 2017
This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now #guncontrol 🇺🇸— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 2, 2017
Woke up to the heartbreaking news from Las Vegas, my thoughts are with everyone and their families. Love. H— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) October 2, 2017
Devastated waking up to the news of the shooting in Las Vegas. Praying for the victims and their families and friends. #PRAYERSFORVEGAS— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) October 2, 2017
Smh it was never this bad. Places u go to enjoy have become so unsafe!😢Prayers 4 those in Las Vegas who was there & the victims families🙏🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) October 2, 2017
Oh god at a music concert!?— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) October 2, 2017
The news about Vegas is devastating. Sending all our love to the people there right now ❤️❤️❤️— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) October 2, 2017
I blame you gun loving Americans for this tragedy! It's all your faults! If you were more like me you would not respect weapons ! - Lil B— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) October 2, 2017
So sad what's happened in Las Vegas when will it all stop peace n love to all my brothers n sisters LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) October 2, 2017
Horrified to hear about the shooting in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Praying for everyone's safety 🙏💔— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) October 2, 2017