Watch: Mistaken for 'firecrackers,' rounds of gunfire heard at Las Vegas festival

Witnesses described the first moments of chaos in which thousands of spectators who came to the music festival at the Mandalay Bay Resort thought at first that the ‘firecrackers’ they heard over the music were part of the show. Yet, soon after, they realized it was gunfire and began to drop to the ground. Police report that at least 20 people were killed and more than 100 wounded by at least one shooter.
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The mass shooting in Las Vegas took place at the Route 91 Harvest country musical festival where at least 3,000 people were in attendance. During country music artist Jason Aldean’s performance, possibly two shooters opened fire on the crowd. Local police report that atleast 20 people have been killed and over 100 have been injured.

One witness said they thought what they heard at first were “firecrackers” but realized soon after, once the audience fell silent, that it was a shooting.

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"We did not see anything, we are all worried," said Doron Etzioni, an Israeli eyewitness. "There are a lot of sirens and people talking into a megaphone. I did not understand whether it was a terror or criminal incident."

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An eyewitness who was in a room in a hotel across from the Mandalay Bay, which he could see from his window, told CNN: "Mostly I heard the shots, just so many shots - I just thought it was a semi braking with the air brakes, but then I went downstairs and saw people running and looking for family.”

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Jack Freedman told Sky News that he and his friend saw the shooting unfold from the Delano hotel overlooking the concert venue.

"We saw bodies hitting the ground. We saw people getting shot," he said. "It was so well lit up because of all the lights of the concert, you could clearly see dozens and dozens of bodies on the ground, just piled up on the ground."

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As previously reported by JOL, a spokesperson for the University Medical Center in Las Vegas confirmed that a "number" of casualties had been evacuated from the scene for treatment. Their current medical condition is unclear.

Las Vegas police confirmed that they had been called to the scene in response to the active shooter and that one suspect has been neutralized. "We're investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino. Asking everyone to please avoid the area,” tweeted the Las Vegas Police. “Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time.”

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