Tragedy struck last night at around 10 pm when a local resident, Stephen Paddock a 64-year-old man opened fire on the Vegas Strip. Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel facing the route 91 concert. Paddock was armed with an automatic weapon and according to witnesses, he reloaded multiple times. Police engaged the man and he committed suicide before being captured. His motives are still unknown.
Jason Aldean was in the middle of his performance when it sounded like what many people first thought were fireworks going off. Aldean, he was rushed off the stage when they realized what had happened.
Police believe that the shooter had an accomplice and have a person of interest: Marilou Danley. She is an Asian female who stands at 4ft 11″ and weighs 111lbs. Update: She has been located and is no longer thought to be linked to the incident.
As Reported By Susannah Cullinane, Euan McKirdy and Holly Yan, CNN
Updated 7:31 AM ET, Mon October 2, 2017
“It seemed there was a pause in the gunfire and the people in the yellow shirts were telling the people to ‘go, go, go, go’ … the gunfire never ended, it seemed like it went on and on and on,” Dumas said.
SiriusXM Country radio host Storme Warren was on the side of the stage as Aldean was performing when the shots rang out.
“I thought it was fireworks going off and maybe it mistriggered, and then it happened again. And when it happened the third time, we knew something was wrong,” Warren said.
Warren said he heard “more than 50 shots fired and probably in the hundreds.”
“The shells were hitting the deck of the stage when I was on it,” he said, adding that he could still hear the shells as he went under the stage for protection.
A concertgoer told CNN affiliate KLAS that everybody was lying on top of each other trying to get out of the shooter’s way.
“Everybody’s hiding everywhere, they’re hiding under the bleachers and the stanchions, anywhere they could and everyone is telling us to ‘run, run as fast as you can,'” she told KLAS.
“And my husband and I ran out toward our car, and there were people hiding underneath my car for cover and there was a gentleman who was shot and he said, ‘Can you help me?’ And so I put him in my car and I had like six people in my car, people without shoes, running, just to get away.”