2017 Las Vegas shooting

2017 Las Vegas shooting
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The music festival was held at Las Vegas Village, on the right, behind the two gray columns. Mandalay Bay is the gold building. [a] [b] [c]
2017 Las Vegas shooting is located in Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Village
Las Vegas Village
Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay
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 Daniel Defense v4, Lewis Machine and Tool Company LM308MWS, FN Herstal FN-15, AR-10, Kalashnikov rifle, revolver
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 hundreds of rifle rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. About an hour after Paddock fired his last shot, 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. [1]

Background

Location

Since 2014, the Route 91 Harvest country music festival has been held annually at Las Vegas Village, a 15-acre (6.1-hectare) lot on the Las Vegas Strip used for outdoor performances. The venue is 450 meters (490 yards) [2] from the Mandalay Bay hotel in Paradise, Nevada, [3] diagonally across the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Mandalay Bay Road. [4] [d]

Preparation

Paddock may have researched the possibility of attacking other outdoor concerts, including the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August 2017. [5] The week before the shooting, he booked an apartment at The Ogden in Downtown Las Vegas, which overlooked the open-air Life Is Beautiful festival. [6] [7]

Paddock arrived at the Mandalay Bay hotel on September 25, 2017. He booked a suite on the 32nd floor of the hotel, which was diagonally adjacent to his shooting targets in the festival lot. [8] [a] He placed a "Do not disturb" sign on his door, organized the room, and stockpiled an arsenal of weapons. [9] Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock carried more than ten suitcases into his hotel suite during his preparation for the shooting. [8]

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. [10] [11] The firearms included AR-15 variants manufactured by Daniel Defense, FN Herstal, and Lewis Machine and Tool Company; Kalashnikov and AR-10 pattern rifles; and a handgun. [12] [13] Two of the rifles were equipped with telescopic sights and mounted on tripods. [14] [15] In the month preceding the shooting, he attempted to purchase a large quantity of tracer ammunition, but the gun dealer he approached did not have the item in stock. [16] Audio recordings of the attack indicated Paddock sustained a high rate of fire, using either a fully automatic weapon, or a semi-automatic weapon utilizing devices to simulate fully automatic fire. [17] Bump fire stocks were found on twelve of the guns, which allowed for the recoil to actuate the trigger at a rate of 90 bullets in 10 seconds. [e] The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined the guns were legal and legally acquired by Paddock. [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 Paddock may have had assistance from an accomplice. [6] Investigators searched Paddock's room and found a bulletproof vest and breathing apparatus, which were survival gear that Paddock never used. [23]

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