At least two people were killed and 24 others injured at a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, the BBC reported on Monday. Multiple people are being treated for bullet wounds at a nearby hospital.
Las Vegas police confirmed that one suspect has been neutralised. They advised people to avoid the area near Mandalay Bay Casino.
TV visuals showed concertgoers ducking for cover. Witnesses said they heard machine gunfire and people screaming for help.
1.35 pm: At least 14 of the 24 injured are said to be critical, according to the BBC.
1.24 pm: Meanwhile, limited flight activity has resumed at McCarran International Airport in Nevada.
1.10 pm: Las Vegas police tweeted a statement: “At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters.”
1.00 pm: Jake Brown, a singer who performed at the three-day music festival, said his heart goes out to Vegas.
“Hearts out to Vegas. Route 91 concert, stage I played two nights ago. Musicians, fans, workers, you are all in our prayers right now..,” he tweeted.
Another fellow performer, Lee Brice tweeted: “Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray.”
12.52 pm: For those just joining us, here is a quick recap. The shooting happened on the last day of the Route 91 Harvest festival. Police confirmed that one of the suspects is down. However, two people were killed and 24 others are being treated for gun wounds. Unconfirmed reports suggest that another suspect is currently holed up inside the nearby Mandalay Bay Casino.
12.42 pm: It appears one of the suspects is holed up inside the Mandalay Bay Casino. Gunfire can be heard from the upper floor of the hotel-cum-casino. Police are investigating.
12.39 pm: Horrifying visuals from the festival venue. The rapid staccato of gunfire can be heard ringing in the background. Here is a video put out by a Twitter user.
12.29 pm: Las Vegas police: “Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time.”
12.20 pm: The Vegas police made an appeal to media not to “livestream or share tactical positions” of security forces.
12.15 pm: BREAKING Two people were killed and 24 injured in the shooting, according to the BBC.
12.10 pm: UPDATE: “Flights in and out of McCarran Airport have been temporarily halted in response to reported shooting incident on Las Vegas Strip.”
12.05 pm: Flights heading towards the McCarran Airport in Las Vegas are being diverted..
11.58 am: CNN is reporting that multiple people are being treated at a nearby hospital for gunshot wounds.
11.55 am: The official Twitter handle of Las Vegas police asked people to avoid the south end of the strip. “Please avoid heading to the south end of the Strip. Las Vegas Blvd is shut down at Tropicana, southbound past Russell Rd at this time,” it tweeted.
11.50 am: The BBC is reporting that a gunman open fired at a country music festival being at the famous strip.