Local police report an active shooter situation is currently taking place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where at least 200 have been injured and 50 people have been killed so far. Hotel guests and bystanders have been asked to remain in their rooms and avoid the area.
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Some 200 people have been injured and 50 have been killed so far in an active shooting early Monday morning at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. According to reports, at least one armed man entered the casino where the Route 91 Harvest Country Music festival was being held and began firing at the crowd during one of the performances. The shooter was reportedly killed in his room by local SWAT and police, who made it clear that this was a local incident by a “lone wolf” and that there were no further shootings. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry reported that no Israeli casualties are known of at this time.
Las Vegas police confirmed that they had been called to the scene in response to the active shooter: “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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People running from the scene of the active shooter Photo Credit: Sky News/Channel 2 News
Guests staying at the hotel reported that they had been instructed not to leave their rooms. Reports indicate that local authorities responding to the shooting have blocked parts of the Las Vegas Strip. While police confirmed that the shooter had been killed, they continue their search for a woman suspected to have been the shooter’s accomplice.
According to reports from US media outlets, a large number of people were evacuated to hospitals following the shooting, with at least 14 of them in critical condition. A spokesperson for the University Medical Center in Las Vegas confirmed that a “number” of casualties had been evacuated from the scene for treatment. The exact number of casualties is estimated to be higher than reported. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman tweeted on the event: “Pray for Las Vegas, thank you to all the first responders out there now.”