2017 Las Vegas shooting

2017 Las Vegas shooting
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Mandalay Bay hotel
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Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds
Location Las Vegas Strip, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Coordinates 36°5′42″N 115°10′18″W / 36°5′42″N 115°10′18″W / 36.09500; -115.17167
Date October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)
c. 10:05 – 10:15 p.m. ( PDT; UTC−07:00)
Target Audience of the Route 91 Harvest music festival
Attack type
Mass shooting, murder–suicide
Weapons 23 guns, including four DDM4 rifles, three FN-15 rifles, one AR-15 rifle with forward front grip, one .308-caliber AR-10 rifle, one AK-47, at least one made-to-order LMT rifle, and one handgun. [1]
Deaths 59 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
546
Perpetrator Stephen Paddock

On the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured. Between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m. PDT, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, fired more than 1,100 rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. About an hour after Paddock fired his last shot into the crowd of 22,000, he was found dead in his room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive is unknown.

The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States. The shooting reignited the debate about gun laws in the U.S., with attention focused on bump fire stocks, which Paddock used to allow his semi-automatic rifles to fire at a rate similar to that of a fully automatic weapon.

Background

Location

The Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada, immediately south of the City of Las Vegas. The Strip is known for its concentration of casinos and resort hotels, including the 43-story Mandalay Bay southwest of its intersection with Mandalay Bay Road, in the unincorporated town of Paradise. [2]

Las Vegas Village is located diagonally across the intersection to the northeast; the 15-acre (6.1-hectare) lot is used for outdoor performances. [2] [3] The annual Route 91 Harvest country music festival has been held there since 2014; the 2017 festival ran from September 29 to October 1. [3] [a]

Preparation

Paddock may have considered attacking other outdoor concerts. He reserved a room that overlooked the August 2017 Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, but did not use it. He appears to have stayed in Downtown Las Vegas from September 14 until the night of the shooting. Between September 22 and 24, he rented rooms at The Ogden, which overlooked the open-air Life Is Beautiful festival. [4]

Paddock arrived at the Mandalay Bay on September 25, 2017, and the hotel booked him into a complimentary room, because he was a frequent gambler at the casino. [5] Three days later, he moved to the 32nd floor suite, which overlooks Las Vegas Village. [6] [b] He placed a "Do not disturb" sign on the door, organized the room, and stockpiled an arsenal of weapons. [7] [8] Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock carried more than ten suitcases into his hotel suite during his preparation for the shooting. [7]

Animation of a bump fire stock, showing how the trigger (red) is pulled by the trigger finger when the receiver is moved forward. It is reset when the receiver moves back due to recoil.

Twenty-three firearms, a large quantity of ammunition, and numerous high-capacity magazines capable of holding up to 100 rounds apiece were found in the suite. [9] [10] The firearms included four DDM4 rifles, three FN-15 rifles, one AR-15 rifle with forward front grip, one .308-caliber AR-10 rifle, one Kalashnikov, and at least one made-to-order LMT rifle and one handgun. [11] [12] [13] Two of the rifles were equipped with telescopic sights and mounted on bipods. [14] [15] Twelve of the guns were fitted with bump fire stocks, [11] which allowed for recoil to actuate their triggers at a rate of 90 rounds in 10 seconds. [16] The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the firearms found in his hotel room, along with more guns found in his homes, had been legally purchased in the states of Nevada, California, Texas, and Utah. [17] In the month preceding the shooting, he had attempted to purchase a large quantity of tracer ammunition, but the gun dealer he approached did not have the item in stock. [18]

Investigators found hidden surveillance cameras that were placed inside and outside the hotel room, presumably so Paddock could monitor the arrival of others. [19] The cameras were not in record mode. [20] Police said a handwritten note found in the room indicated Paddock had been calculating the distance, wind, and trajectory from his 32nd floor hotel suite to the concertgoers he was targeting on the festival lot. [21] [22]

At a press conference on October 4, Sheriff Lombardo stated there was evidence—which he declined to discuss—that Paddock intended to escape the scene, and that he may have had assistance from an accomplice. [23] Investigators searched Paddock's room and found a " bulletproof vest" and breathing apparatus, which were survival gear that Paddock never used. [24]

During subsequent investigations, ammonium nitrate, which is often used in improvised explosive devices, was found in the trunk of his Hyundai Tucson SUV, along with 1,600 rounds of ammunition and 50 pounds (23 kg) of Tannerite, a binary explosive used to make explosive targets for gun ranges. [25] [26] Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said that while Paddock had "nefarious intent" with the material, he did not appear to have assembled an explosive device. [18] [27]

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