Las Vegas massacre: How it happened

LAS VEGAS — A gunman in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino opened fire Sunday dusk on a concert that was 32 floors below. It was the deadliest mass shooting in complicated U.S. history.

America was a republic in anguish Monday night for the 59 people who were killed and the 527 who were injured. Police pronounced a heavily-armed gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, fired down on thousands of concertgoers in what President Trump called “an act of pristine evil.”

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Officials have not dynamic a motive, but pronounced they have found no links to terrorism and acted alone.

Country music star Jason Aldean was on theatre when the banishment began shortly after 10 p.m. internal time. It took a full 20 seconds for people to comprehend it was not fireworks, reports CBS News’ John Blackstone.

“Oh my God. Get down get down. Stay down,” one person was listened observant on video posted to social media.

Then came chaos: the sound of involuntary arms fire churned with pandemonium.

Calls flooded 911 and radios blared: “We’ve got shots fired. There’s many people down.”

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The shooter paused several times, once for scarcely a minute, presumably to reload. Gail Davis held onto a police officer for dear life.

“You could hear the shots going back and onward and ricocheting,” Davis said. “They would stop, we suspicion ‘OK, it’s over. It’s over.’ Then it would start again.”

Some people ran while others sought cover behind walls and gates. Still others froze in the open.

One lady simply ducked. She described the mayhem to CBS News.

“There were people just like literally laying on top of any other, trying to get out of the way,” she said. “The shots just kept coming!”

People desperately sought help for the bleeding any way they could.

Meanwhile, police searched for the gunman.

Las Vegas police dispatch audio described a panicked scenario.

“We can’t worry about the victims,” an officer can be listened saying. “We need to stop the shooter before we have some-more victims. Anybody have eyes on the shooter?”

Meanwhile, police searched for the gunman.

The police radio audio continued: “We’re holding fire. It’s going right over the heads. There’s waste coming over the heads. So we’re pinned down here with a garland of civilians. Be suggested we are holding fire from a very high building … every officer that comes up is going to be a aim if they’re pushing on the Las Vegas Boulevard given it’s coming up from the Mandalay Bay on the highway side.”

The shooter was in fact banishment from 400 yards divided — the homogeneous of 4 football fields divided — by two windows, 32 stories up. SWAT officers eventually changed in on the gunman.

More police dispatch audio described what happened next.

“Zebra 20 hit on the suspect’s door. we need everybody in the corridor to be wakeful of it and get back. We need to cocktail it and see if we can get any kind of response from this man to see if he’s in here or he’s actually changed somewhere else.”

Dispatch is then listened saying: “All units from 32nd building need to pierce back for bomb breach. SWAT has an bomb breach. Everyone in the corridor needs to pierce back.”

Then a man is listened saying, “Breach. Breach. Breach.” Then a shrill crash is listened in the background.

Inside, where Paddock had been a guest given last Thursday, officials found an arsenal of weapons.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo summarized the investigation.

“He had killed himself. We’ll have to go by the body-worn camera and existent video either we intent him at the same estimate time or not,” Lombardo said.

When it finished those who had come for a night of fun were left sticking to any other and to life.

Gail Davis pronounced the terror seemed to last forever.

“I’ve never been so frightened in my life. In my life. Ever,” Davis said.

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