There are reports of an active shooter at a country music concert at Mandalay Bay, and eyewitnesses are reporting rapid-fire gunshots at the scene. Although details were still unfolding on October 2, it’s clear that a major incident was unfolding in Las Vegas.
There are reports of multiple shooters, strike teams, explosive devices, and possibly shots fired at multiple hotels. You can listen to scanner traffic here.
The answer is that this is not yet known. The shooting was still unfolding just after 2 a.m. on the east coast. Police had released very few details on it. They said on Twitter, “We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino. Asking everyone to please avoid the area. #LVMPDnews.” They also said they were setting up a media staging area and further advised,
Musician Luke Combs confirmed there was an active shooter on Twitter.
You can listen to the police scanner traffic here:
It was not yet clear how many people were injured or whether anyone was deceased. However, police were referring to “casualty collection points” in live scanner traffic, and were also discussing sending teams into other hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. The suspect and motive had not been released, as the situation was active and fluid. “One suspect down inside the room,” scanner traffic said shortly after 2:24 a.m. on the east coast. Police said the downed suspect was on the 32nd floor.
Numerous reports said that there were large crowds running in panic, and there were unconfirmed reports of multiple suspects running.
This man said he was at the scene and added, “Bullet flying everywhere….they were ricocheting everywhere from where we were….multiple shooters. It has to be.”
One woman wrote on Twitter, “OMG omg someone just started shooting!!!!!!! @crazykiller1320 and I are at MGM locked in with others @Ddm1870 @cbarrow711 – at Mgm Grand KÀ Box Office.”
There were reports that the active shooter was at a country music festival.
Route 91 Harvest bills itself on Twitter as “a three day country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip / Sept 29- Oct 1!” Country singer Jake Owen, tweeted, “Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.”
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