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Las Vegas mass shooting photos: Scenes of chaos and confusion

A gunman in a high-rise hotel opened fire on a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday, killing at least 59 people and leaving 527 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

The gunman, identified by police as Stephen Paddock, 64, was later killed during a standoff with officers on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a news briefing.

The carnage surpassed the death toll of 49 people slain when a gunman in Orlando, who later said he was inspired by the Islamic State, opened fire inside a crowded nightclub in June 2016.

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People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel across the street.At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.

 

Under the neon glow and glitz of the Vegas Strip, concertgoers dove for cover or raced toward shelter through a sea of water bottles, hats, shoes and other items lost in the stampede as a hail of gunfire rained down from the Mandalay Bay around 10 p.m. local time.

THE SHOOTER: What we know about Stephen Paddock so far

Police believe Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada, was a "lone wolf" attacker. Lombardo did not give further details, however, on Paddock's background or possible motivation.

"We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said. "Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static."

The shooting occurred at the end of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music concert held over the weekend that reportedly drew 30,000 attendees. The concert grounds are adjacent to Mandalay Bay. The shots began as Jason Aldean, one of the final performers, was playing.

THE SHOOTING: Graphic details how the shooting unfolded

A witness to the shooting, Ivetta Saldana, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Aldean was rushed offstage when the shots rang out. "It was a horror show," she said. "People were standing around, then they hit the floor."

Videos posted to Twitter from people claiming to be witnesses showed people screaming and running for cover amid the sound of gunshots. The shooting continued intermittently for more than five minutes, according to the Associated Press.

"The gunfire never ended, it seemed like," concert attendee Rachel Dekerf told CNN. "It just went on and on and on."

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A body lies under a sheet as fire and rescue personnel gather at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue after a mass shooting at a country music festival on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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A person lies on the ground covered with blood at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a gunman opened fire on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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People tend to the wounded outside the festival grounds after an shooting on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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People carry a person from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a gunman opened fire on the crowd on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a gunman opened fire on the crowd on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

John Locher | Associated Press

Police run to cover at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

 

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A crowd of people at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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A police helicopter circles the Mandalay Bay and Luxor hotels after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival across the street.

 

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Police and rescue personnel gather at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on Oct. 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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A cowboy hat lies in the street after shots were fired near a country music festival on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

John Locher | Associated Press

A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a country music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 wounded, police said.

 

Ronda Churchill | Associated Press

People walk near the Las Vegas Strip shortly after sunrise Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 after the deadly shooting that killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500.

 

Carolyn Kaster | Associated Press

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

 

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People are directed to rides outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at a country music festival on Oct. 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. People who could not go to hotel-casinos that were closed after the shooting are temporarily staying at the center.

 

Chase Stevens | Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

Las Vegas police sweep through a convention center area during a lockdown Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at the Tropicana Las Vegas after an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip. Multiple victims were transported to hospitals after a deadly shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

 

Information from the Washington Post was used in this report.

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