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Emerging: More than 50 killed in Las Vegas shooting

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At least 58 people were killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The death toll makes the incident the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The gunman fired from the 32nd floor of a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip into an open-air music festival across the street. The country musical festival, Route 91 Harvest, was attended by more than 22,000 people.

Police named the attacker as Stephen Paddock, 64, but did not offer any information on a potential motive.

An off-duty Las Vegas police officer was among the dead, according to police. The force said more than 400 people were transported to local hospitals after the incident.

Police initially said Paddock was shot and killed by officers. However, the department later said officers responding to the incident found the suspect dead in his hotel room. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department described the suspect as a local man who was believed to have acted alone.

Police said they were looking to question a woman named Marilou Danley in relation to the investigation. However, CNN and Fox News have reported police forces now regard her as unrelated to the case.

Police have also located two cars thought to have belonged to the dead suspect.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump tweeted: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on their Aamaq news website, referring to the assailant as “Abu Abd el-Bar al-Amriki,” which translates to “the American”. Authorities have found no evidence of the mass shooting being connected to the militant group or any other terror organization.

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