Last night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino onto crowds of concert goers that sent 22,000 people running for their lives. The shooting occurred during the performance of singer Jason Aldean, who was the last act of a 3-day-long country music festival.
In a news briefing this morning, Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that over 58 people are confirmed dead and 515 are injured. However, as the day continues the numbers may rise. This horrific event has been officially named the worst mass shooting in American history, surpassing the one that took place in Orlando in June 2016, where 49 innocent people were killed.
Both President Mauricio Macri and Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie condemned the shooting on their social media platforms a few hours after it happened.
“With all my energy I condemn these demonstrations of irrational violence. I stand in in solidarity with the government and the people of the United States. #LasVegas,” Faurie tweeted.
Mi más enérgica condena a estas manifestaciones de violencia irracional. Toda mi solidaridad con el Gobierno y pueblo de EEUU. #LasVegas
— Jorge Faurie (@JorgeFaurie) October 2, 2017
Macri soon followed with a tweet this morning, stating, “In this difficult moment I accompany the American people after the terrible shooting in Las Vegas that left dozens dead and wounded.”
En este difícil momento acompaño al pueblo estadounidense tras el terrible tiroteo en Las Vegas que dejó decenas de muertos y heridos
— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) October 2, 2017
The shooter was identified as Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. Upon accessing his hotel room, SWAT units found Paddock dead by suspected suicide accompanied by at least 10 automatic weapons. Paddock, who had been staying in the room since September 28th, had no prior police record.
Currently, authorities are conducting a search into Paddock’s Nevada home as well as his past locations of residence in Texas and California. This morning, ISIS released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. However, the claim was later dismissed by the US authorities. An FBI spokesperson said the the bureau had “determined to this point no connection of an international terrorist group.” A formal investigation is underway.
President Trump delayed his visit to Puerto Rico – devastated by hurricane María – to give a speech where he called the shooting an “act of pure evil.” He is set to visit Las Vegas on Wednesday. The full transcript as well as a video of his speech can be found here.