Valley residents relate the terror of Sunday's events in Las Vegas


The man who opened fire on an outdoor concert on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday, killing at least 58 people and wounding 515 more before he was found dead in a 32nd floor hotel room, has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, authorities said.

Stephen Paddock transferred $100,000 to the Philippines in the days before the shooting, a U.S. official briefed by law enforcement but not authorized to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

A woman lights candles at a vigil on the Las Vegas strip following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, US.

Police officials said Paddock possibly also had a device similar to a hammer to smash the hotel windows at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, from where he carried out the murders.

Republican Senator Dean Heller, who represents Nevada in Washington, said on Twitter that he was praying for the victims of the "senseless, horrifying act of violence" and that he'd spoken to Sandoval and would continue to monitor the situation.

The shooter appeared to fire unhindered for more than 10 minutes as Las Vegas police frantically tried to locate the man in one of the Mandalay Bay hotel towers, according to radio traffic.

Eric Paddock said he had not spoken to his brother in months, but said Stephen Paddock was an accountant and a multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate. "My four Chinese colleagues and I hid in a room with seven Guatemalans and two Germans for four hours", he said.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo described the shooting as a "lone wolf" attack. Paddock had committed suicide by the time police breached the door to the room from which he had opened fire.

How did the attack unfold?

He frequently visited Las Vegas to gamble and had been staying at the hotel since September 28, according to authorities.

"Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one", Trump said. Law enforcement and emergency personnel responded quickly to the incident and secured the scene.

Las Vegas's casinos, nightclubs and shopping draw some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year and the area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out shortly after 0400 GMT.

Public records point to an itinerant existence across the American West and Southeast: Florida, a few years in California, a few years in other parts of Nevada. You can also hear sirens blaring as the sounds of gunfire echo.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, has been a common fixture in national media recently. "This is about survival", ALERRT's website said. "You didn't know what to do or where it was coming from", he said. She said she was devastated by the carnage and would cooperate with authorities as they struggle to get inside Paddock's mind. "He's just a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite, drove down and gambled in Las Vegas".

Bodies were lying on the artificial turf installed in front of the stage, and people were screaming and crying.

"Everybody has demons, but it's hard to believe" that he was responsible for the mass shooting, she said. Aldean had shows on his "They Don't Know" tour scheduled in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim.

But he has taken steps to roll back some restrictions on gun use and sales put into effect while his predecessor, Barack Obama, was in office.

The original goal for the fund was $500,000.

The next option, Blair said, is to deny the shooter access to one's location. Victims fell to the ground, while others fled in panic. Police said he killed himself as police entered his hotel room, ending the massacre.