Play Video 1:01 Police shut down part of Las Vegas strip due to reported shootingPolice arrived at the Las Vegas Strip, responding to reports of an active shooter in the area Oct. 2. (The Washington Post) This story will be updated.A gunman opened fire on concertgoers at a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, killing at least 20 people and injuring “in excess of 100” before being killed by authorities, police said.Witnesses told the Associated Press that they could see muzzle flashes coming from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino’s high floors and described the sound of automatic gunfire. Police said they confronted the gunman on the hotel’s 32nd floor. Police said the gunman was a local resident but did not identify him.The shooting appeared to take place near the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music concert held over the weekend that reportedly drew 30,000 attendees. The concert grounds are adjacent to Mandalay Bay. The shots began as Jason Aldean, one of the final performers, was playing.One witness, Ivetta Saldana, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Aldean was rushed off stage when the shots rang out. “It was a horror show,” she said. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”Videos posted to Twitter from people claiming to be witnesses showed people screaming and running for cover amid the sound of gunshots. The shooting continued intermittently for more than five minutes, according to the Associated Press.“The gunfire never ended, it seemed like,” concert attendee Rachel Dekerf told CNN. “It just went on and on and on.”Police converged on the area and blocked off roads. Some officers could be seen taking cover behind squad cars as other officers ran into the casino, the Associated Press reported.Some of those with gunshot wounds were taken to University Medical Center, a spokeswoman told the Associated Press. Police urged everyone to avoid the south end of the Strip.Morning Mix newsletterStories that will be the talk of the morning.One of the victims was an officer with the Bakersfield Police Department in Southern California, according to a statement from the department. Several of the department’s officers were off-duty and attending the concert when the gunfire erupted. One of them was struck by a bullet and was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. His name was not released.“I understand the people of Las Vegas want to help,” Sgt Jeff Clark said in a news briefing early Monday. “I see a lot of people out here that are coming down wanting to help. Please, steer clear of the area … Please, stay away from the area.”Multiple flights bound for the McCarran International Airport were diverted because of the shooting, the airport tweeted. All other planes were temporarily grounded, with a few flights resuming Monday morning.The Route 91 Harvest Festival has been held for the past four years on a 15-acre lot across an intersection from Mandalay Bay. The concert’s main stage is situated near the northeastern side of the gold-colored hotel-casino, which towers more than 400 feet above the Strip.
Las Vegas strip shooting: More than 20 dead, 100 injured after gunman opens fire near Mandalay Bay casino
KARMA ALLEN and EMILY SHAPIRO,Good Morning America 5 minutes ago
Scroll back up to restore default view.More than 20 people were killed and 100 injured in a horrific shooting near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night, police said.The „nonstop gunfire,” according to one witness, sent bystanders outside the resort on the Vegas strip ducking for cover and fleeing for their lives. Tourists hid in their hotel rooms and flights headed into the McCarran International Airport airport were held elsewhere.Bystanders sprang into action, caring for the wounded and at least one described someone dying in their arms.Videos filmed by onlookers gave a window into the chaos that ensued, with some thinking that fireworks were going off. The final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was taking place across the street from Mandalay Bay when the shooting took place and concertgoers were caught off-guard.In the wake of the shooting, the Las Vegas Police Department said that „one suspect is down” and they did not believe there were any more shooters.