Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo recently gave a press conference regarding last night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, one which Lombardo described as a “lone wolf attack” in which the gunman killed “in excess” of 50 people and injured more than 200 others by firing towards the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Although information is still coming in, here are the main points Sheriff Lombardo made at his press conference, which he delivered at 3:40am local time.
“At approximately 10.08pm we had calls coming of multiple shots being fired from the Mandalay Bay hotel towards the Route 91 concert, on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard.”
“There was a shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. Officers engaged the suspect at that location. He is dead. He has been identified. He is a local resident. I will not release his name at this time.” The gunman has since been identified as Stephen Paddock.
“We are confident that the primary aggressor in this event has expired, or passed away and is no longer a threat.
“We do not know what his belief system was at this time. We believe he is the sole aggressor at this point and the scene is static. “Right now we believe it is a sole actor, a lone wolf-type actor and we have the place under control.”
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The Sheriff confirmed more than 200 people have been wounded and more than 50 have died from their wounds. He declined to give an exact number because both figures are expected to rise dramatically in the next few hours.
“I have two police officers who are currently at the hospital, one in critical condition and the other with minor injuries. There were other police officers that were off duty attending the concert, that have expired. We don’t have those individuals identified at this point.”
Sheriff Lombardo also confirmed that law enforcement officials have recovered two vehicles they were searching for – a Hyundai Tucson with Nevada plate 114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, Nevada plate 19D401 – have been recovered.
Lombardo confirmed the capture of “person of interest” Marilou Danley by police officers and that she is currently being questioned in the events.
“There has been multiple conjecture coming through social media that there are multiple shooters at other resorts. That has been proven to be false. Additionally, there have been accusations or beliefs that there is some explosive going off. That is also false. The only explosive contained in this event was our Swat team breaching the room. We are pretty confident that there is no longer a threat other than we are attempting to locate the person of interest.”
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