59 people have been killed and multiple victims more injured in a mass shooting during an open-air country music festival in Las Vegas. The city’s famous strip was on lockdown after reports of at least one active gunman near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, with video capturing the sound of what appears to be prolonged automatic gunfire. Flights in and out of McCarran Airport have been temporarily halted.
Thousands of people dived for cover when shots broke out out during the Route 91 Harvest Festival at about 10.20pm on Sunday local time (6.20am Monday BST). Police said one suspect was “down”, but it is not known if any other attackers are at large. Several unconfirmed reports claimed that “two or three” gunmen were shooting from the 32nd floor of the hotel after gunning down a security guard.
As emergency services swarmed the area, a police officer was among several people who were reported to have been shot as Jason Aldean, the American country music singer, performed on stage.
“We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino,” police said on Twitter as urged they urged people to avoid the area.