Las Vegas Massacre: 58 Dead, 500+ Wounded by Lone Shooter

“Shooting fish in a barrel from where he was.”

Thus far, 58 people are dead and 515 injured after a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. The gunman, 64 year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the crowd from his 32nd story window at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. 22,000 were in attendance.

“Currently the Clark County Fire Department is estimating the injuries to be well over 400” said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the New York Times reported. When they entered the shooter's room, they found “in excess of 10 rifles,” he said, as well as Paddock's body. “We believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry.”

Country music star Jason Aldean was performing at the time the shooting began. Singer Jake Owen, who had just finished his performance and was also onstage, told CNN “shooting fish in a barrel from where he was.” Not only that, it lasted an incredibly long time. “This is not an exaggeration: This shooting was going on for at least 10 minutes,” he added. “It was nonstop.”

While ISIS has claimed responsibility for the shooting, there is no evidence to support that as of this writing, and ISIS often claims responsibility for acts that they did not commit in an attempt to make them appear more powerful than they are. In fact, the FBI says that Paddock has no connection to the terror group.

Currently, officials do not know Paddock's motive, and his family is also at a loss. His brother Eric Paddock said he had “no idea” why he would do such a thing. “Mars just fell into the earth,” he told NBC News. “We’re completely dumbfounded.” His brother Bruce had not been in contact with him for more than ten years, but said "I don't know how he could stoop to this low point, hurting someone else.”

It is currently unconfirmed what type of gun was used in the shooting. 

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