Police expect the death toll to rise after a 64-year-old man opened fire on a crowd of 30,000 concert-goers in Las Vegas, from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Sunday night [10.10 pm local time].
More than 50 people have been confirmed dead, and over 200 injured, after the lone shooter’s rapid-fire barrage into the crowd at the sold-out 3-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, during country artist Jason Aldean’s set.
Despite reports on social media of shots fired elsewhere, Las Vegas Police say they are confident that the attacker was a ‘lone wolf’. The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino was put into lock down, and floors 29 to 32 were evacuated by SWAT teams, who found the gunman, who had apparently taken his own life. No motive for the shooting has yet been confirmed.
Australia’s Consulate General in LA is making urgent inquiries with local authorities to determine if any Australians have been injured or killed. DFAT advises those concerned about loved ones to attempt direct contact in the first instance.
People unable to make contact with loved ones should phone the DFAT emergency hotline on 1300 555 135 or +61 2 6261 3305.
IMAGE: Las Vegas – Steve Marcus/Reuters