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

24 guns in total, including: [1]

Deaths 59 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
851 (422 by gunfire)
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 851 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 he fired his last shot into the crowd, he was found dead in his room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive remains unknown.

The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States. It 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 immediately south of the city of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada. 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, a 15-acre (6.1-hectare) lot used for outdoor performances, is located diagonally across the intersection to the northeast. [2] [3] From 2014 onward, the venue hosted the annual Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The 2017 festival ran from September 29 to October 1, [3] [a] with over 22,000 attendees on the final day. [4]

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. [5] He also researched other large-scale venues in cities like Boston as far back as May 2017. [6]

Paddock arrived at the Mandalay Bay on September 25, 2017; he was booked into Room 32135, a complimentary room on the 32nd floor, because he was a frequent gambler at the casino. [4] [7] Four days later, he checked into the neighboring suite of Room 32134, which was connected to Room 32135 via connecting doors. Both suites overlook Las Vegas Village. [4] [8] [b] He placed a "Do not disturb" sign on the door, organized the rooms, and stockpiled an arsenal of weapons there between September 25 and October 1, the day of the shooting. [4] [9] [10] Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock carried more than ten suitcases into his hotel suite during his preparation for the shooting. [9] He interacted with Mandalay Bay employees more than ten times during his stay, including two on the day of the shooting, though an MGM Resorts International spokesperson said they were all "normal in nature". [11]

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-four firearms, a large quantity of ammunition, and numerous high-capacity magazines capable of holding up to 100 rounds apiece were found in the suite. [1] [12] [13] Fourteen of the firearms were .223-caliber AR-15-type semi-automatic rifles: three manufactured by Colt, two by Daniel Defense, two by FN Herstal, two by LWRC International, two by POF-USA, one with a .223 Wylde chamber by Christensen Arms, one made-to-order by LMT, and one by Noveske. The others were seven .308-caliber AR-10-type rifles, one .308-caliber Ruger American bolt-action rifle, and one .38-caliber Smith & Wesson Model 342 revolver. [1] [14] [15] [16] The AR-15 rifles were fitted with vertical forward grips and bump fire stocks, [1] [14] the latter of which allowed for recoil to actuate their triggers at a rate of 90 rounds in 10 seconds. [17] The AR-10 rifles were equipped with various telescopic sights and mounted on bipods. [1] [18] [19] 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. [20] 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. [21] However, he at some point managed to purchase another large quantity of tracer ammunition from a private seller at a Phoenix, Arizona gun show. [22]

Investigators found hidden surveillance cameras that were placed inside and outside the hotel room, presumably so Paddock could monitor the arrival of others. [23] The cameras were not in record mode. [24] 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. [25] [26]

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. [27] Investigators searched Paddock's room and found a " bulletproof vest" and breathing apparatus, which were survival gear that Paddock never used. [28]

During subsequent investigations, ammonium nitrate (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. [29] [30] Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said that while Paddock had "nefarious intent" with the material, he did not appear to have assembled an explosive device. [21] [31]

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