Las Vegas authorities have named 64-year-old Stephen Paddock as the gunman who opened fire on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Paddock is said to be a resident of Mesquite, Nev.
Police also said that “we are confident we have located” Marilou Danley, believed to be Paddock’s companion, as well as two vehicles believed to be associated with Paddock.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed that at least 50 people have died and more than 200 were injured in the shooting – the worst in U.S. history. According to local reports, the victims were shot with a high-powered assault rifle from the 32nd floor of the hotel. Police responded to the incident about 10 p.m. local time. In a media briefing held shortly after midnight, police reported that a suspect was down.
A Las Vegas hospital first reported that two people were killed in the attack, with 24 injured. But later in the night, Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed that at least 20 had died. That number was then updated to “in excess of 50” shortly after 3:30 a.m. local time.