The 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting was a mass shooting that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Paradise, Nevada on the night of October 1, 2017. During a closing performance by singer Jason Aldean, a shooter fired into the crowd from a 32nd-floor balcony of the Mandalay Bay hotel, located to the southeast of the Las Vegas Village outdoor concert venue.
The shooter was identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, apparently of Mesquite, Nevada, who was killed by police at the scene. With more than 50 fatalities and 200 injuries, it is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The 2017 Route 91 Harvest festival was a three day country music festival held from September 29 to October 1, 2017, at Las Vegas Village, a 15-acre (6.1 ha) lot on the Las Vegas Strip across from the Luxor and Mandalay Bay hotels. The festival was headlined by Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Sam Hunt, with Aldean as the closing act.
At approximately 10:08 p.m. PDT on October 1, during Aldeans performance, the suspect is believed to have started firing from an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. Footage indicates that audible rapid gunfire started when Aldean began singing "When She Says Baby".
At 11:58 p.m. PDT, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated that one suspect, a Nevada resident, was "down". The suspect was killed on the 32nd floor of the hotel.
Police stated that no other shooters were believed to be involved and the motive of the shooter is unknown. The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.[2
At least 50 people died, among them two off-duty police officers. More than 200 were wounded. Victims were sent to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. At least 14 of the victims were reported to be in critical condition.
A large portion of Las Vegas Boulevard was shut down as police strike teams combed the venue and neighboring casinos, hotels, and businesses. McCarran International Airport was temporarily closed and multiple flights were rerouted or cancelled in response to the shooting as evacuees entered airport property as they fled.
Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada, called the shooting "a tragic and heinous act of violence [that] has shaken the Nevada family". Later, national and international figures including President of the United States Donald Trump and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May expressed condolences to the victims of the attack.
The US has more mass shootings than any other country.
In one study, it has been estimated that 31% of public mass shootings occur in the U.S, although it has only 5% of the worlds population. CNN cites a study by criminologist A. Lankford that finds that "there are more public mass shootings in the United States than in any other country in the world". The study concludes that "The United States and other nations with high firearm ownership rates may be particularly susceptible to future public mass shootings, even if they are relatively peaceful or mentally healthy according to other national indicators." Criminologist Gary Kleck criticized Adams findings stating the study fails to provide evidence that gun ownership increases mass shootings. Mass shootings have also been observed to be followed by an increase in the purchase of weapons, but this phenomenon seems to be driven by a minority since neither gun owners nor non-owners report an increased feeling of needing guns.
In contrast to Adam Lankfords findings, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development stated from its Rampage Shooting Index that per capita the United States ranks behind Norway, Finland, Slovakia, Israel, and Switzerland with 0.12 mass shootings per 1 million people.
The frequency in which mass shootings occur depends upon definition. In "Behind the Bloodshed", a report by USA Today, said that there were mass killings every two weeks and that public mass killings account for 1 in 6 of all mass killings (26 killings annually would thus be equivalent to 26/6, 4 to 5, public killings per year). Mother Jones listed seven mass shootings, defined as indiscriminate rampages in public places resulting in four or more victims killed, in the U.S. for 2015. The average for the period 2011-2015 was about 5 a year. An analysis by Michael Bloombergs gun violence prevention group, Everytown for Gun Safety, identified 110 mass shootings, defined as shootings in which at least four people were murdered with a firearm, between January 2009 and July 2014; at least 57% were related to domestic or family violence. This would imply that not more than 43% of 110 shootings in 5.5 years were non-domestic, though not necessarily public or indiscriminate; this equates to 8.6 per year, broadly in line with the other figures.
Other media outlets have reported that hundreds of mass shootings take place in the United States in a single calendar year, citing a crowd-funded website known as Shooting Tracker which defines a mass shooting as having four or more people injured or killed. In December 2015, the Washington Post reported that there had been 355 mass shootings in the United States so far that year. In August 2015, the Washington Post reported that the United States was averaging one mass shooting per day. An earlier report had indicated that in 2015 alone, there had been 294 mass shootings that killed or injured 1,464 people. However, an article from RT stated that 42 percent of the incidents involved zero deaths, and 29 percent one death. Shooting Tracker and Mass Shooting Tracker, sites that the media have been citing, have been criticised for using a criterion much more inclusive than that used by the government—they count four victims injured as a mass shooting—thus producing much higher figures.