Las Vegas: 58 dead, more than 500 injured in deadliest shooting in US history - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

Las Vegas: 58 dead, more than 500 injured in deadliest shooting in US history

LAS VEGAS: A gunman opened fire Sunday night with a fully automatic rifle from a room window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and killed at least 58 people and wounded another 500 in the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The shooter fired downward into a crowd of concert goers at a Jason Aldean country music concert that was occurring in a lot adjacent to the hotel, across Las Vegas Boulevard.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that 400 people had been wounded and at least 50 have died. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, died of a self-inflicted wound at his hotel, police said. He is a local resident and believed to be lone wolf. No motive is known.

Authorities were looking for a companion of the shooter, Marilou Danley, and authorities later said this morning, “We’re confident — but not 100 percent sure — we have located the female person of interest.”

Authorities were looking for a companion of the shooter, Marilou Danley, and authorities later said this morning, “We’re confident — but not 100 percent sure — we have located the female person of interest.”

Local news outlets played videos from concert goers showing persons dropping to the ground after being shot and others running from the area. The sound of the automatic weapon fire is easily heard on the videos that were released.

The gunfire sounded like a .30 caliber fully automatic weapon.

This is the worst shooting incident in Las Vegas history. As a former security director for two hotels in Las Vegas, this was my worst nightmare.

LVMPD released the photo of a person of interest, Maryilou Danley, an Asian female, 4’11”.

Police are also looking for two vehicles, 2017 Hyundai Tucson, Nevada plate 114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica, Nevada plate 79D401.


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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.
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