Las Vegas Strip Shut Down After Mass Shooting

At least 2 dead after country music festival fired on
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2017 1:49 AM CDT
Updated Oct 2, 2017 2:24 AM CDT
Las Vegas Strip Shut Down After Mass Shooting

Las Vegas police say one suspect is "down" after a mass shooting at a country music festival that has left at least two people dead and dozens wounded. University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen says 26 people were admitted to the hospital, the AP reports. Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip after receiving reports of an active shooter near the Mandalay Bay Casino late Sunday. The shooter or shooters apparently fired on the Route 91 Harvest music festival from upper levels of the Mandalay Bay across the street, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

On a live feed of a police scanner, officers could be heard saying that a suspect was down on the 32nd floor of the hotel and that they were investigating reports of shots fired at other casinos, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Witnesses say country singer Jason Aldean was playing near the end of the concert when gunfire rang out. "The band ran off stage and it was pandemonium," a witness tells NBC News. "Everyone was running, people were getting trampled." Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after the incident and some flights destined for the McCarran International Airport were diverted. (More Las Vegas stories.)

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