20 dead, more than 100 injured in shooting on Las Vegas strip

Multiple shots can be heard at concert

Shots fired on Las Vegas strip

LAS VEGAS (WSYR-TV/CNN) - At least 20 people were killed in a shooting on the Las Vegas strip early Monday morning, Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters. Lombardo said at least 100 people have been injured.

The shootings occurred Sunday night across from the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas strip. The injured were attending a Route 91 Harvest country music festival performance by country music star Jason Aldean.

Two Las Vegas police officers are being treated at a local hospital for injuries they sustained during the shooting, Lombardo said. One is in critical condition and the other sustained minor injuries.

In addition, the sheriff stated that there were off duty officers attending the concert who may have died. The identities of the officers involved have not been released.

In the wake of the shooting, the Las Vegas Police Department said that "one suspect is down" and they did not believe there were any more shooters.

Lombardo did not identify the dead gunman, but he said the police were seeking “a companion” named Marilou Danley, a woman he described as Asian and 4-foot-11.

 

ATF agents have responded to the scene and the FBI is assisting with the investigation.

The incident occurred near McCarran International Airport, which said it had temporarily halted flights after the shooting. Later, the airport said that some flights had resumed.

Concertgoers describe shooting
Route 91 Harvest, a large country music festival, was being held at the Mandalay Bay Center this weekend.

CNN spoke to three people who were attending the concert at the Las Vegas Village outdoor arena when gunfire broke out, causing them to flee. They described hearing the sound of gunfire while Jason Aldean was performing.

"We were close to the stages -- about six rows from the front on the left hand side and he was just performing," Rachel Dekerf said.

"People went down on the Mandalay side of the stage," Joe Pitzel said. "I don't know if people were ducking or if people were hit."

Derkef filmed her escape from the venue using her cell phone, starting just after the first shots were fired.

She described ongoing gunfire, and played out the video she had recorded during which more than five minutes of gunfire were intermittently audible.

"The gunshots lasted for 10-15 minutes. It didn't stop," she said. "We just ran for our lives."

'Go, go, go, go'
Derkef's sister, Monique Dumas, said that everyone instantly crouched when they heard the shots.

"The band was rushed off the stage, the floodlights came on the crowd, and you see on the right hand of the stage the person who was injured, so they're calling for medics, calling for security, then there was gunfire again," Dumas said.

"It seemed there was a pause in the gunfire and the people in the yellow shirts were telling the people to 'go, go, go, go' ... the gunfire never ended, it seemed like it went on and on and on," she said.

A concertgoer told CNN affiliate KLAS that everybody was lying on top of each other trying to get out of the shooter's way.

"Everybody's hiding everywhere, they're hiding under the bleachers and the stanchions, anywhere they could and everyone is telling us to 'run, run as fast as you can,'" she told the news station. "And my husband and I ran out toward our car and there were people hiding underneath my car for cover and there was a gentleman who was shot and he said, 'can you help me?' and so I put him in my car and I had like six people in my car, people without shoes, running, just to get away."

'Sounded like firecrackers'
Eyewitness Bryan Heifner spoke to CNN from a room in a hotel across from the Mandalay Bay, which he said he could see from his window.

"Mostly I heard the shots, just so many shots -- I just thought it was a semi braking with the air brakes, but then I went downstairs and saw people running and looking for family," he said.

"I immediately went back to my room, locked the door, turned the lights off."

Another witness told CNN affiliate KSNV that the shooting sounded like firecrackers at first.

"It didn't sound normal, it sounded like machine guns and it was like several rounds, it was like hundreds of rounds," she told the news station.

"My boyfriend had me move behind a building here because it just didn't sound right," she told KSNV. "And then we hid behind a building and we could just hear hundreds of rounds going off and then about 10 minutes later the police came and just blocked off all the streets."

She said she was about a block from the Harvest 91 Festival.

Facebook has set up a crisis response page to help people establish whether their loved ones are safe.

 


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