Las Vegas shooting: is it terrorist attack?

Las Vegas shooting: is it terrorist attack?

At least 50 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after a suspect opened fire at a country music festival across the road from the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel in Las Vegas.

"We have in excess of 100-plus injured and excess of 20-plus that have died at this point," Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told a press conference, adding that off-duty police officers are believed to be among the dead.

One eyewitness said the hotel was on lockdown, while another claimed there there possibly two gunmen on the 32nd floor of the hotel who had shot at a bodyguard and police. 

University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the Las Vegas hospital is taking in “several” people with gunshot wounds. 

Las Vegas police say a suspect is ‘down’ after the shooting and that they do not believe there are any further suspects at large, the Guardian reported.

Officers said Las Vegas Boulevard is shut down at Tropicana, southbound past Russell Road. The Las Vegas international airport is currently also on lockdown. Flights into the city’s McCarran International Airport have been diverted due to incident.

Police have warned the public to stay away and confirmed that the investigation is still active. 

The attack came during the last performances on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest country music festival, which has been held for the past four years on an 15-acre lot across Las Vegas Boulevard from Mandalay Bay. Country singer Jason Aldean was playing near the end of the concert when gunfire rang out.

The shooting went on for about 10 seconds before the music stopped. Another wave of gunshots followed soon after.

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