Marilou Danley was identified by the Las Vegas Sheriff as a “person of interest” in the mass shooting that took the lives of at least 20 people at a country music concert at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas strip.
Danley was described by police as a 4’11” Asian woman. She was described as a “companion” of the still unidentified shooter. Police stopped short of calling Danley a suspect in the early morning hours of October 2, but they said they wanted to talk to her about the carnage. The sheriff also revealed that at least 20 people had died and 100 people were injured late on October 1 when the shooter opened fire on the crowd at a Route 91 Harvest country music festival near the Mandalay Bay.
The gunman was down at the scene.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Authorities Released Danley’s Name as a ‘Person of Interest’ at a News Conference
Authorities released Danley’s name at an early morning news conference on October 2, even before they released the name of the suspected shooter.
“We have not located her at this time and we are interested in talking to her for followup,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a press conference. Police are also looking for two vehicles with Nevada plates, a Hyundai Tucson with license plate number 114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring with plate number 19D401. They are registered to the gunman.
There were reports that a woman had come out and told concertgoers that everyone was going to die, but it was unconfirmed and unclear who the woman was:
There were photos circulating from a Facebook page in Danley’s name, but those are still unconfirmed. Authorities did not release a photo of Danley. However, this page is being updated as information becomes known.
2. The Shooter Was Reported ‘Down’ in the Mandalay Bay Hotel
The horrific sequence of events unfolded when an active shooter opened fire at a country concert near or at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas strip, sending panicked crowds fleeing throughout the area. Las Vegas police confirmed on Twitter, “We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino. Asking everyone to please avoid the area. #LVMPDnews.” Be aware that some of the videos and photos later in this story from the scene are disturbing and graphic.
Police said in the press conference in which they released Danley’s name that the shooter was “local.” They said that the shooter was down on an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, and they also revealed that they do not believe there is more than one shooter.
3. Videos Captured the Moment That Gunfire Broke Out
This video shows the moment gunshots rang out at the Route 91 concert. One man wrote with the video, “Video courtesy of Drew Akioshi. He was attending the concert at mandalay bay when shooting started.”
4. At Least 20 People Were Killed But the Casualty Count Might Grow
At least two were dead and 24 injured, 14 of them critically, according to The Los Angeles Times. Unconfirmed reports put the casualty count as much higher; the situation remained fluid and chaotic in the early morning hours of October 2.
5. Chaotic Reports Emerged From the Scene as It Remained Fluid for Hours
Despite widespread reports that there were possibly multiple shooters, police said later, though, that they think there was just one gunman, who is down in the Mandalay Bay hotel, writing, “At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters. More information to come shortly from @Sheriff_LVMPD.”
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Frantic police dispatch audio throughout the morning contained reports of possible multiple suspects, casualty “collection points,” crowds running in panic, shootings at other Vegas hotels, 1,000 people holed up at a Michael Jackson venue, and reports of explosives.
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