UPDATE: Gunman opens fire on Las Vegas concert; Valencia man among the dead
By Austin Dave
Monday, October 2nd, 2017

LAS VEGAS –– At least 59 people were killed and 500 more injured Sunday night after a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, police officials confirmed early Monday morning.

The shooter, a 64-year-old Nevada resident, was killed.

Update: Monday 3:10 p.m.
SWAT teams are standing by to breach a northern Nevada home with ties to the suspect, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

At least 527 people were injured in the initial shooting. The number of people killed ticked up one to 59.

Eighteen weapons and various explosives were recovered from the gunman’s home, Lombardo said.

Update: Monday 11:54 a.m.
Three Los Angeles County firefighters were shot during the Las Vegas shooting, fire department officials confirmed in a news release.

“Preliminary information indicates that three Los Angeles County Fire Department members were struck by gunfire and sustained non-life threatening injuries. Due to privacy concerns, the names of these members will not be released. The Los Angeles County Fire Department will continue to monitor the situation and provide support to our members and their families,” the release states.

Read more about the firefighters here.

Update: Monday 11:27 a.m.
The Signal has learned John Phippen of Santa Clarita killed in the Las Vegas shooting. The Santa Clarita man and his son, a Valencia High School grad, were among scores of people shot in Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, claiming the life of the elder and leaving his son in hospital. Read more about Phippen here.

Update: Monday 10:52 a.m.
University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen confirmed the youngest patients treated at the hospital were 16 and 17 years old.

Update: Monday 8:37 a.m.
“I don’t know if I have words to describe what we’re going through and what these poor and unfortunate victims are going through,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a televised news conference.

“We’re angry, we’re grieving, we’re confused, people are hurting,” he said.

The number of people injured has climbed to 515, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

“We have determined to this point no connection to an international terrorist group,” said Aaron Rouse, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Las Vegas division.

Police officers have completed the execution of a search warrant at the Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada and are preparing to execute another at a separate location with ties to the suspect.

The Mandalay Bay hotel is back to full service, Lombardo said. The 32nd floor will be excluded from normal operations for an unknown amount of time.

At 1 p.m., family members of victims will be requested to travel to the Las Vegas Convention Center where they will be provided with victim advocates, Lombardo said.

The Las Vegas Village will be closed for an unknown amount of time as Clark County crews work to process the dead and law enforcement continues to collect evidence.

Update: Monday 8:27 a.m.
President Donald Trump Flags ordered the U.S. flag to half staff.

“In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half staff,” Trump said from a podium in The White House.

Trump plans to visit Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders and victims impacted by the shooting.

“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one,” the president said.  “We call upon the bonds that unite us – our faith, our family and our shared values. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it’s our love that defines us today and always will.”

Original Story
At 10:08 p.m. multiple calls reporting shots fired came in to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s dispatch center. 911 callers reported hearing multiple shots fired from the direction of the Mandalay Bay hotel, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a televised press conference.

Videos posted to Twitter show the incident as it unfolded during the Route 91 Harvest country music concert at the Las Vegas Village.

From an elevated stage at the south end of the venue, performer Jason Aldean is seen playing the last session of the three-day concert. About ten minutes into his performance, several loud pops are heard.

Initially, little reaction is seen. The pop sounds, later determined to be gunshots, pause. The rapid fire shots resume and Aldean is seen fleeing the stage as screams become audible.

The shots again pause and resume as several thousand people attempt to move away from the stage and eventually collapse to the ground.

Police determined the shooter had opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel near on 3900 block of Las Vegas Boulevard.

“Officers responded and engaged the shooter,” Lombardo said during a 1:30 a.m. news conference.

“We are comfortable that the primary aggressor in this event has expired or passed away and is no longer a threat,” the sheriff said.

The shooter, later identified as Mesquite, Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, was killed, the sheriff confirmed.

Police set their sights on locating Paddock’s companion and roommate, Marilou Danley. Lombardo labeled the woman a “person of interest.”

Initially, the number of fatalities had climbed to 20. Two hours later, the number had pushed past 50. At least two off-duty police officers were shot and killed. Two other police officers were injured, one of them in critically.

More than dozen Santa Clarita Valley residents were in attendance. The Signal was able to confirm at least nine of those local residents in attendance were safe.

Reports of multiple shooters at other resorts had been proven false, Lombardo said. Additional reports of explosives involved were also false.

“We are pretty confident that there is no longer a threat other than we are attempting to locate the person of interest,” the sheriff said.

At 3:35 a.m., officials revealed more progress had been made in the investigation.

Joined by FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Las Vegas field officer Aaron Rouse and Clark County Fire Department Chief Greg Cassell, Lombardo announced Danley and two vehicles registered to the suspect, a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica, were located.

At 4:20 a.m., University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 104 patients were being treated at the hospital.

“We had upwards of eight patients who went to (operating rooms),” Cohen said during a televised interview.

Several patients with minor injuries had been discharged.

Anyone that may have video associated with the event are encouraged to turn it over to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department resources were made available in the event Las Vegas law enforcement requested additional manpower. Local officials remained in contact with their Clark County colleagues throughout the night, a spokesman confirmed to The Signal shortly after 4:30 a.m.

“We are ready to assist in any way,” said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The situation is still unfolding and additional details will be released as information is received and vetted for accuracy.

About the author

Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.

UPDATE: Gunman opens fire on Las Vegas concert; Valencia man among the dead

LAS VEGAS –– At least 59 people were killed and 500 more injured Sunday night after a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, police officials confirmed early Monday morning.

The shooter, a 64-year-old Nevada resident, was killed.

Update: Monday 3:10 p.m.
SWAT teams are standing by to breach a northern Nevada home with ties to the suspect, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

At least 527 people were injured in the initial shooting. The number of people killed ticked up one to 59.

Eighteen weapons and various explosives were recovered from the gunman’s home, Lombardo said.

Update: Monday 11:54 a.m.
Three Los Angeles County firefighters were shot during the Las Vegas shooting, fire department officials confirmed in a news release.

“Preliminary information indicates that three Los Angeles County Fire Department members were struck by gunfire and sustained non-life threatening injuries. Due to privacy concerns, the names of these members will not be released. The Los Angeles County Fire Department will continue to monitor the situation and provide support to our members and their families,” the release states.

Read more about the firefighters here.

Update: Monday 11:27 a.m.
The Signal has learned John Phippen of Santa Clarita killed in the Las Vegas shooting. The Santa Clarita man and his son, a Valencia High School grad, were among scores of people shot in Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, claiming the life of the elder and leaving his son in hospital. Read more about Phippen here.

Update: Monday 10:52 a.m.
University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen confirmed the youngest patients treated at the hospital were 16 and 17 years old.

Update: Monday 8:37 a.m.
“I don’t know if I have words to describe what we’re going through and what these poor and unfortunate victims are going through,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a televised news conference.

“We’re angry, we’re grieving, we’re confused, people are hurting,” he said.

The number of people injured has climbed to 515, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

“We have determined to this point no connection to an international terrorist group,” said Aaron Rouse, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Las Vegas division.

Police officers have completed the execution of a search warrant at the Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada and are preparing to execute another at a separate location with ties to the suspect.

The Mandalay Bay hotel is back to full service, Lombardo said. The 32nd floor will be excluded from normal operations for an unknown amount of time.

At 1 p.m., family members of victims will be requested to travel to the Las Vegas Convention Center where they will be provided with victim advocates, Lombardo said.

The Las Vegas Village will be closed for an unknown amount of time as Clark County crews work to process the dead and law enforcement continues to collect evidence.

Update: Monday 8:27 a.m.
President Donald Trump Flags ordered the U.S. flag to half staff.

“In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half staff,” Trump said from a podium in The White House.

Trump plans to visit Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders and victims impacted by the shooting.

“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one,” the president said.  “We call upon the bonds that unite us – our faith, our family and our shared values. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it’s our love that defines us today and always will.”

Original Story
At 10:08 p.m. multiple calls reporting shots fired came in to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s dispatch center. 911 callers reported hearing multiple shots fired from the direction of the Mandalay Bay hotel, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a televised press conference.

Videos posted to Twitter show the incident as it unfolded during the Route 91 Harvest country music concert at the Las Vegas Village.

From an elevated stage at the south end of the venue, performer Jason Aldean is seen playing the last session of the three-day concert. About ten minutes into his performance, several loud pops are heard.

Initially, little reaction is seen. The pop sounds, later determined to be gunshots, pause. The rapid fire shots resume and Aldean is seen fleeing the stage as screams become audible.

The shots again pause and resume as several thousand people attempt to move away from the stage and eventually collapse to the ground.

Police determined the shooter had opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel near on 3900 block of Las Vegas Boulevard.

“Officers responded and engaged the shooter,” Lombardo said during a 1:30 a.m. news conference.

“We are comfortable that the primary aggressor in this event has expired or passed away and is no longer a threat,” the sheriff said.

The shooter, later identified as Mesquite, Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, was killed, the sheriff confirmed.

Police set their sights on locating Paddock’s companion and roommate, Marilou Danley. Lombardo labeled the woman a “person of interest.”

Initially, the number of fatalities had climbed to 20. Two hours later, the number had pushed past 50. At least two off-duty police officers were shot and killed. Two other police officers were injured, one of them in critically.

More than dozen Santa Clarita Valley residents were in attendance. The Signal was able to confirm at least nine of those local residents in attendance were safe.

Reports of multiple shooters at other resorts had been proven false, Lombardo said. Additional reports of explosives involved were also false.

“We are pretty confident that there is no longer a threat other than we are attempting to locate the person of interest,” the sheriff said.

At 3:35 a.m., officials revealed more progress had been made in the investigation.

Joined by FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Las Vegas field officer Aaron Rouse and Clark County Fire Department Chief Greg Cassell, Lombardo announced Danley and two vehicles registered to the suspect, a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica, were located.

At 4:20 a.m., University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 104 patients were being treated at the hospital.

“We had upwards of eight patients who went to (operating rooms),” Cohen said during a televised interview.

Several patients with minor injuries had been discharged.

Anyone that may have video associated with the event are encouraged to turn it over to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department resources were made available in the event Las Vegas law enforcement requested additional manpower. Local officials remained in contact with their Clark County colleagues throughout the night, a spokesman confirmed to The Signal shortly after 4:30 a.m.

“We are ready to assist in any way,” said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The situation is still unfolding and additional details will be released as information is received and vetted for accuracy.

About the author

Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.