Jordan Stowe - Managing Editor
On the night of October 1, 2017 Las Vegas and the Nation suffered a great tragedy, a gunman opened fire on a crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured. Between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m. The shooter, Stephen Paddock shot from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. About an hour after Paddock fired his last shot into the crowd, he was found dead in his room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive is unknown.
Country music singer Jason Aldean was giving the closing performance for about 22,000 people on the third and final day of the festival.
Shortly before 10 p.m. Hotel security guard Jesus Campos was sent to the 32nd floor to investigate an open-door alert of a guest’s room. He ran into a barricaded door that stopped him from immediately accessing the floor. After arriving on the floor, he was shot at about 10:05, the approximate time when Paddock began firing into the crowd. It is unclear whether Campos was shot before, after, or at the same time Paddock began firing into the crowd. Campos was hit in the right thigh and immediately informed the hotel by radio and cellphone that he had been shot.
At the same time, maintenance worker Stephen Schuck was on the same floor to check out a report about a jammed fire door. Schuck contacted hotel dispatchers over his radio, informed them of the ongoing shooting, and told them to call the police. Campos stayed until the police arrived.
Paddock used a hammer to break two of his suite's windows. He began shooting through the broken windows at about 10:05p:m, ultimately firing hundreds of rifle rounds into the festival audience. Many people in the crowd initially mistook the gunfire for fireworks. During the shooting, a security fence hindered concertgoers from fleeing the 15-acre concrete lot. The gunfire continued, with some momentary pauses, over the span of ten minutes and ended by 10:15 p.m.
During the shooting, police officers and the concertgoers were initially confused whether the shots were coming from the Mandalay Bay, or the festival grounds. There were also multiple false reports of additional shooters at other hotels on the Strip. Officers eventually spotted multiple flashes of gunfire in the middle of the Mandalay Bay, on the northern side, and responded to the hotel. At 10:12 p.m., two officers on the 31st floor reported the sounds of gunfire on the floor above them. When officers arrived on the 32nd floor at and encountered Campos a minute later, he directed them to Paddock’s room and helped others evacuate until being directed to seek medical attention for himself.
Between 10:26 and 10:30 p.m., an additional eight officers arrived at the 32nd floor. They could no longer hear gunfire and moved systematically down the hallway, searching and clearing each room. At 10:55 p.m., the officers finished evacuating guests. Police entered Paddock's room with explosives.Paddock was found dead, having shot himself in the head before the police entered.
Fifty-eight people died as a result of the shooting, most by gunshot wounds. An additional 546 people were injured. In the aftermath, many victims were sent to area hospitals.
The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States. With this we remember the families of the dead ones and give our condolences for them in their time of need. We will remember this in our hearts forever just as we do for 9/11. We remember the brave who saved lives and the good hearted people who served their fellow neighbors in that time of need. They went down as heros to many.