Las Vegas: A shooting at a music festival has reportedly killed as many as 20 people and injured more than 100 others. Many of the people injured in the shooting incident are in serious condition and there are fears that the death toll may go up in the coming hours.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the media that the shooting took place at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. He also said that the death toll at the time of writing this report was 20.
Joe Lombardo went on to add that there was just a single gunman who resorted to firing and killed at least 20 people. Later, according to the Clark County Sheriff the sole gunman was neutralized by police on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard.
He went on to add “We have in excess of 100-plus injured and excess of 20-plus that have died at this point”. He also told the media during the press conference that the gunman was a local man, nonetheless he didn’t divulge his identity.
Reports suggest that the police descended on the scene as the sound of heavy gunfire started coming from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, a hotel-casino next to the concert venue. Thousands of fans were attending the concert, which was part of a three-day country music festival known as Route 91.
An eyewitness who was present during the concert said, “At first it sounded like someone was setting off a whole lot of firecrackers, but then we realised it was gunfire and everybody started running. The scene was insane – it was absolute chaos”.
Country singer Jason Aldean was reportedly playing near the end of the concert when gunfire began. He took to Instragram, saying, “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate.”
40-year old Jason Aldine Williams is among the top male country singers in the world. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released seven albums and 24 singles. His 2010 album My Kinda Party is certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His 2012 album Night Train is certified double-platinum, while his 2005 self-titled debut, 2007 album Relentless, 2009 album Wide Open, 2014 album Old Boots, New Dirt are all certified single-platinum.