At Least 58 Dead, 515 Injured In Las Vegas Shooting

At least 58 people have been killed, and 515 others injured, in a shooting at a outdoor festival in Las Vegas, according to the latest figures released by police.

Las Vegas police said the shooting, which targeted the Route 91 music festival,  began at 22:08 local time on Sunday.

The gunman, named as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards the festival.

Paddock opened fire with automatic weapons, firing hundreds of shots in the direction of the festival. He killed himself as police stormed the room, where 10 guns were found.

Approximately 22,000 people were in attendance of the festival when the shooting occurred. The attack is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

Islamic State had made a claim to the attack, claiming Paddock had recently converted, though investigators have found no link to international terrorism and Islamic State as been known to make false claims in the past.

According to the perpetrator’s brother, Paddock had no known religious or political motivations, nor was he known to have any mental health problems.

Las Vegas police said they did not understand the gunman’s motives at this time.

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