Oct. 2 (UPI) — At least 20 people died and more than 100 injured in a shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip during a music festival late Sunday night.
Las Vegas Metro Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters one unidentified suspect, a “local man,” was killed by police on a high-level hotel floor at the casino.
“Right now we believe it’s a sole actor, a lone wolf type actor,” said Lombardo at a 1:30 a.m. briefing.
He said reports of multiple shooters and explosives were false but they also were looking for Mary Lou Danley, a woman described as Asian, 4-foot-11, who was traveling with the suspect.
Also, police were seeking two vehicles, a Hyundai Tucson, license plate 114 B40, and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, license plate 19D 401.
Lombardo said he was unable to give an accurate number of fatalities and wounded but he said he believes off-duty police officers are among the dead. Also, two officers were also being treated for injuries — one officer is in critical condition and the other has minor injuries.
Lombardo said the shooter had fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay around 10:10 p.m. onto the 15-acre lot.
The attack occurred on the final night of the three-day Route 91 country music festival.
“It was was a horror show,” concertgoer Ivetta Saldana told the Review-Journal. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”
She said was attending the concert with a friend and hid in a sewer.
Jason Aldean was rushed off the stage during the concert.
“We met someone at the gas station, a nurse, she was at the concert and she treated someone who was shot in the face, someone who was shot in the chest and someone who was shot in the liver,” a man identified as Todd told CNN.
Victims were sent to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital Medical Center.
Las Vegas police were seeking footage or photographs of the events at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The Bakersfield Police Department in California said several off-duty officers witnessed the shooting and one was injured, according to KGET News reporter Danny Freeman.
Roads around the area, including Interstate 15, were closed down
At midnight, more than 25 flights were diverted from nearby McCarran International Airport, according to airport spokeswoman Christine Crews.