At least 59 people were killed and 527 injured on Monday in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down onto an outdoor country music festival, security officials told local press.
The attacker, who police identified as a white 64-year-old man named Stephen Paddock, shot himself before police entered the hotel room where he fired from. His motive is according to sources not yet known and officials initially held back from describing the incident has ‘domestic terrorism’.
Sources report that Police found at least 10 guns in his hotel room where he had been staying since September 28.
President Trump delivered remarks at the White House the same day calling the shooting an “act of pure evil” and condemning the shooter as a murderer.
“My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief,” said Mr. Trump.
Quoting Psalm 34 he went on: ‘Scripture teaches us “the Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. Trump said that he, along with the first lady, are praying for the nation to “find unity and peace.”
‘We seek comfort in those words for we know God lives in the hearts of those who grieve.’
Trump also announced that he ordered the flags flying at the White House to be flown at half staff “in memory of the fallen.”
In a statement released by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department said, “increased security in and around public places and events may be experienced as officials take additional precautions.”
Hundreds of people fled the scene and videos posted on social media showed an extended period of gunfire, according to Christian Today.
The suspect’s girlfriend was named as a person of interest, but sources confirm police said he acted alone and that authorities would interview the woman after she returned from a trip to Tokyo.
The three day music festival began on Friday and has been held for the past four years on an 15-acre lot across Las Vegas Boulevard from Mandalay Bay.
Survivors of the shooting and several public figures have expressed outrage at the inability of US politicians to control guns in the country.