At 11:08 p.m. PST, police shut down the Las Vegas Strip; it wasn’t until 11:20 p.m. PST that reports of injured persons being taken to hospitals came in. It was reported that, by 11:32 p.m. PST that inbound flights to McCarran International Airport had been diverted.
By 11:34 p.m. PST, a portion of the I-15, the major freeway passing through Las Vegas, had been shut down. The first reports to come out of the hospitals occurred at 11:56 p.m. PST, stating two had died, 24 were injured, 12 in critical condition.
Finally, at 12:01 a.m. PST, police confirmed that they had one suspect down — approximately two hours after the shooting had begun. At 1:06 a.m. PST, Southern California police department stated that an off-duty officer was among those shot. More information about the downed suspect came in at 1:32 a.m. PST, where it was confirmed that the gunman had been shot by officers on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
At 1:34 a.m. PST, Las Vegas police updated the media, stating that at least 20 people were dead and more than 100 were injured. A further update at 1:54 a.m. PST confirmed that two off-duty officers were among the dead. Further updates on officers continued, with news of one off-duty officer reportedly in critical condition and another wounded coming in at 2:05 a.m. PST.
It was at 2:13 a.m. PST that officials announced they were searching for the suspect’s roommate, Marilou Danley, and that she was a “person of interest”. At 3:30 a.m. PST, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo reported that in excess of 50 people had lost their lives and at least 200 were injured.
By 3:37 a.m. PST, police detained Danley and seized the vehicles in question. At 5:33 a.m. PST, LVMPD tweeted an official press release regarding the incident.
Danley has been located. The investigation is ongoing.
The gunman’s brother, Eric Paddock, spoke with the FBI at his home in central Florida, and told CNN that the last time he talked to his brother was in the wake of hurricane Irma.
Paddock was stunned that his brother got hold of such a weapon since he did not have any military background.
“He’s not an avid gun guy at all. The fact that he had those kind of weapons is just – where the hell did he get automatic weapons?” Paddock told CBS, adding that he was afraid for Danley’s life as well.
President Donald Trump addressed the shooting just a little before 8 a.m. PST, saying, “It was an act of pure evil. The FBI and the Department of Homeland security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.”
The Mandalay Bay Hotel has announced that guests may return may return to their rooms.
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