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Over 50 Killed, 400 Injured In Las Vegas Shooting, 1 Suspect Also Killed

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| October 2 , 2017 , 21:28 IST

In a deadly mass shooting in the United States, at least 50 people were killed while over 400 others were left injured as a shooter opened gunfire near a casino in Las Vegas on Sunday night (in local time). The suspected shooter was taken down by the police as well.

The police identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, a local resident of the state.

An active shooter was reportedly spotted in the area around the Mandalay Bay Casino and the police had released a lookout ahead of the fatalities.

Later on the same day, terrorist group Islamic State released a statement through its news agency Amaq claiming the responsibility for Sunday's night mass shooting.

On the other hand, police has said that Paddock was not found to be associated with any terrorist organisations and was described as a "distressed individual".

There were thousands of people at the concert for the three-day music festival when the shooter began firing indiscriminate rounds around 10.30 p.m. on Sunday. According to police estimations, there were around 22,000 people at the concert.

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Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Police has appealed to the public not to share information of the policemen on the scene nor conduct any live-streaming for the safety of the emergency responders.

Some of the concertgoers came forward to share the horrific incident.

Kayla Ritchie said, "We thought it was fireworks at first or trouble with the speakers. They had been having technical difficulty all weekend. Then everything went dark."

"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 on the ground," said another.

US President Donald Trump posted a tweet offering his sympathies to those caught in the Las Vegas attack.

"My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!," the President tweeted.

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also tweeted condolences to the Las Vegas shooting victims. 

"Las Vegas, we are grieving with you -- the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, & all affected by this cold-blooded massacre," she said.

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange also observed a moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas shooting.