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Las Vegas Massacre latest: Toll rises to 59 dead, 527 injured

Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer

Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017, 11:47 AM

A wounded person is taken away in a wheelbarrow as Las Vegas police respond during an active shooter situation on the Strip in Las Vegas.

A gunman armed with rapid-fire weapons sprayed bullets from a 32nd floor hotel room in Las Vegas on a crowd of 22,000 attending an outdoor country music concert in the plaza below, leaving at least 59 people dead and 527 others wounded by gunfire or injured in the stampede seeking safety. The toll makes it the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in modern U.S. history. Here’s the latest of what we know.

People run for cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunman Stephen Paddock open fire killing 59 people on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. DAVID BECKER / Getty Images
People carry a person at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunman Stephen Paddock open fire killing 59 people on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. DAVID BECKER / Getty Images
A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire killing 59 people on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. DAVID BECKER / Getty Images
People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire killing 59 people on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. DAVID BECKER / Getty Images
A nighttime view Monday of the scene (bottom right) after a mass shooting Sunday on the Las Vegas Strip. MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / AP
Investigators working the scene Monday of a mass shooting at a music festival near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. CHRIS CARLSON / AP
Comfort and tears the day afterr: Sean Bean, of Livermore, Calif., (second from left) hugs his girlfriend Katie Kavetski, of San Leandro, Calif., and Travis Reed, of Mexico, Ind. holds girlfriend Anna Travnicek on Las Vegas Strip, All had attended the concert Sunday where a mass shooting occurred. MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / AP
Two women embrace outside of a family assistance center Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. The makeshift center was set up to help families and others reconnect after the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. JOHN LOCHER / AP
Two women embrace in front of the concert venue where a mass shooting took place on the Las Vegas Strip. MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / AP
Police tape blocks off the home of Stephen Craig Paddock on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Mesquite, Nev. Paddock killed dozens and injured hundreds on Sunday night when he opened fire at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. Heavily armed police searched Paddock's home Monday. CHRIS CARLSON / AP
This photo shows a home that FBI agents searched Monday in Reno, Nev. The home was owned by Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on a crowd at a country music concert Sunday on the Las Vegas Strip. SCOTT SONNER / AP
Police personnel stand outside the home of Stephen Paddock on Monday in Mesquite, Nev. Police identified Paddock as the gunman at a music festival Sunday evening. COURTESY / Mesquite, Nev., Police
Eric Paddock, left, brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Craig Paddock, speaks to members of the media outside his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Paddock told the Orlando Sentinel: "We are completely dumbfounded. We can't understand what happened." JOHN RAOUX / AP
Investigators load a body into a van from the scene of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. CHRIS CARLSON / AP
Investigators load a truck next to a body from the scene of a mass shooting at a music festival near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 in Las Vegas. CHRIS CARLSON / AP
Students from University of Nevada Las Vegas hold a vigil Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel rained automatic weapons fire down on the crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival Sunday. GREGORY BULL / AP
Luminaries for victims of the the Sunday evening shooting tragedy in Las Vegas are lit on the front steps of Greene Memorial United Methodist Church surrounded by those brought together in prayer and solidarity on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Roanoke, Va. HEATHER ROUSSEAU / The Roanoke Times via AP
University of Nevada Las Vegas student Johanna Munoz sits at a table with a candle during a vigil Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel rained automatic weapons fire down on the crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival Sunday. GREGORY BULL / AP
Natalynn Rivis (right), a student at University of Nevada Las Vegas, takes part in a vigil Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. GREGORY BULL / AP
University of Nevada Las Vegas students Raymond Lloyd, right, and Karla Rodriguez take part in a vigil Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel rained automatic weapons fire down on the crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival Sunday. GREGORY BULL / AP
Pastor William McCurdy holds a candle during a prayer vigil in honor of those affected by the shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, in front of Las Vegas City Hall in Las Vegas, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. The vigil was held in honor of the over 50 people killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at an outdoor music concert late Sunday. STEVE MARCUS / Las Vegas Sun via AP
Rosa and Alan Duarte of Las Vegas become emotional during a vigil at City Hall in Las Vegas on Monday. GREGORY BULL / AP
Eric Paddock, brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Craig Paddock, speaks to reporters near his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Paddock told the Orlando Sentinel: "We are completely dumbfounded. We can't understand what happened." JOHN RAOUX / AP
Police arrive at the scene to escort people to safety after hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a lone gunman fired upon the Route 91 Harvest country festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Al POWERS IMAGERY / INVISION via AP
A young woman hides inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a lone gunman fired upon the Route 91 Harvest country festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Al POWERS IMAGERY / INVISION via AP
People hold hands in prayer while hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a lone gunman fired upon the Route 91 Harvest country festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Al POWERS IMAGERY / INVISION via AP
Concertgoers wait inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a lone gunman fired upon the Route 91 Harvest country festival oon Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Al POWERS IMAGERY / INVISION via AP
A woman cries while hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a lone gunman fired upon the Route 91 Harvest country festival on Sunday in Las Vegas. Al POWERS IMAGERY / INVISION via AP
A group of women wait for their ride outside the Thomas & Mack center, which served as a refuge, following a mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. YAMINA CHAVEZ / Las Vegas Sun via AP
People arrive to Thomas and Mack via bus after hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a lone gunman fired upon the Route 91 Harvest country festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Al POWERS IMAGERY / INVISION via AP
Concertgoers head for shelter outside of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a lone gunman fired upon the festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Al POWERS IMAGERY / INVISION via AP
Debris is strewn through the scene of a mass shooting at a music festival near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. JPHN LOCHER / AP
A roadblock is shown at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue shortly after sunrise Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. A mass shooting occurred late night Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip RONDA CHURCHILL / AP
Las Vegas Metro Police and medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. STEVE MARCUS / AP
People load into buses destined to different Strip Casinos following a mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. UNLV�s Thomas & Mack Center was opened as a place of refuge. YAMINA CHAVEZ / Las Vegas Sun via AP
Drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, on the Las Vegas Strip following a deadly shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. A gunman was found dead inside a hotel room.
Drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, on the Las Vegas Strip following a deadly shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. A gunman was found dead inside a hotel room.
Las Vegas police respond during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip near Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. CHASE STEVENS / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
A police officer takes cover behind a police vehicle during a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER / AP
Police officers take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER / AP
Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER / AP
A police officer runs along a sidewalk near a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER / AP
Police run to cover at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. JOHN LOCHER / AP
A police officer stands at the scene of a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER / AP
Las Vegas Police stand at the scene of a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER / AP
A police officer takes cover behind a truck at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER / AP
Medics treat the wounded as Las Vegas police respond during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Stirp in Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. CHASE STEVENS / AP
A wounded person is taken away in a wheelbarrow as Las Vegas police respond during an active shooter situation on the Strip in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. CHASE STEVENS / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
People assist a wounded woman at the Tropicana during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. CHASE STEVENS / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. JOHN LOCHER / AP
People wait as the Tropicana Las Vegas goes on lockdown during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals. CHASE STEVENS / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
People are searched by Las Vegas police at the Tropicana Las Vegas during an active shooter situation on the strip on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. CHASE STEVENS / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
A wounded woman is moved outside the Tropicana during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. CHASE STEVENS / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
A wounded woman is moved outside the Tropicana during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. CHASE STEVENS / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
Photo Gallery: Stephen Paddock, mass murders kills 59 and wounds hundreds

• In an address to the nation, President Trump called the massacre an “act of pure evil,” spoke of how the nation unifies in times of tragedy, praised police and first responders for their quick response, promised prayers for the victims and their families and announced he would go to Las Vegas on Wednesday.

• The gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound by police who made entry to his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel, said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

SOURCE: Aerial image from Google Earth Staff Graphic

• Investigators have not disclosed if they have established a motive for the mass shooting but believe he acted alone. Speaking from Florida, Paddock’s brother Eric Paddock told the Las Vegas Review Journal he had no idea why his brother would commit such a horrible crime. “It’s like an asteroid just fell on top of our family,” he said.

• The FBI said there is nothing to support a reported ISIS claim that Paddock was inspired by Islamic extremism.

@FBILasVegas "As this event unfolds we have determined at this point there is no connection to an international terrorist group" (1/3) pic.twitter.com/u6c9pJk6Zv

— FBI Las Vegas (@FBILasVegas) October 2, 2017

• Officials on Monday night announced that 23 firearms were recovered from Paddock’s room, which he checked into on Thursday. Also found in the room were thousands of rounds, and several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives.

• A search of Paddock’s home in Mesquite, yielded 19 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition.

• Officials say there is ‘no information or evidence’ there was more than one shooter; Paddock acted alone.

• There are unconfirmed reports that Paddock had sued another Las Vegas casino and settled the case in arbitration.

• Officials said they had found two cars registered to Paddock that they had been seeking and Lombardo said they located Marilou Danley, 62, a woman described as Paddock’s companion and who had been sought in the aftermath of the shooting. She was in Tokyo. Lombardo says says she will be interviewed when she returns.

• After being briefed on the mass shooting at the White House, President Trump, in his first comment on the massacre, tweeted condolences to the victims and their families. He was scheduled to address the nation at 10:30 a.m.

My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017

• A hotline — 1-866-535-5654 — has been set up for anyone seeking information about loved ones in Las Vegas.

• The shooting occurred about 10:08 p.m. Sunday (1:08 a.m. Monday Philadelphia time) while performer Jason Aldean was on stage at the close of three-day county music festival.

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• The previous deadliest mass shooting by an individual in the United States occurred June 12, 2016, when Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50 others. Police shoot and kill Mateen during an operation to free people trapped in the club.

Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer

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