On the 32 floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, at 10:08 P.M. on Sunday, October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire to the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day music festival, across the street, killing at least 59 and injuring 527 people.
He was said to have had multiple illegal weapons with him, and shot through the window, completely destroying it in the process. When police broke down the door he then shot one guard, who is still alive, and fatally shot himself. They were then able to identify him as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Police are still searching for evidence but here is what we know about the shooter/shooting as of now:
- The Islamic State has claimed him as one of their soldiers, but there has been no other evidence to confirm that statement
- He cannot be confirmed a terrorist until the motive is revealed. A terrorist must include these three things:
- Commit unlawful violence or threats
- Mainly against civilians
- It must be in a political pursuit
- Since we cannot at this time check the last box, he cannot be named a terrorist
- Because of his suicide, he can only remain a suspect forever as he cannot go to trial
- In addition to that, the only time it would change is if new evidence pointed to someone else as the shooter
- He used multiple different rifles during the shooting
- He was said to have at least 17 different guns with him, some including scopes
- After searching his house they found more guns, thousands of rounds of ammo, and explosives
- At this time we cannot be fully sure if he had a mental illness, was intoxicated, or whatever else caused this
Here is what we know about the aftermath:
- President Trump has since tweeted about the shooting and said, “My warmest condolences to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God Bless You!”
- Many people who were originally injured have died the following day and are continuing to be in a critical condition
- Ambulances ran short so people who were uninjured put the injured in their cars and drove to the hospital themselves
- They had to turn down people in line to donate blood due to so many people being there and donating
- Police/authorities are continuing to search for motive and more evidence, and will likely continue to do so within the next week
- This shooting is now the largest mass shooting in the United States history, outweighing the Pulse Nightclub Shooting by ten victims
A list of the victims names:
Sonny Melton-29 years old. Jumped in front of bullet to save wife. He was a registered nurse at Henry County Medical Center, and his wife is an orthopedic surgeon there.
Rachel Parker-33 years old. She was a technician for the Manhattan Beach, California police department. She was there with three other employees, one of whom was shot, but is expected to recover.
Sandra Casey-34 years old. Special education teacher for nearly ten years before she was killed, she leaves behind her fiance, friends, and other loved ones
Jennifer Parks-35 years old. Kindergarten teacher, said to be the most loving person you would ever meet. She was there with her husband, who, though was injured, will survive. She was proud to do what she did and will be missed dearly.
Neysa Tonks-43 years old. Mother of three, worked at Technologent. One of her sons said, “She lived e=life like it was hr last each day, and she didn’t care what anybody thinks.”
Susan Smith-53 years old. Office manager for Vista Elementary School, in the district for 16 years. Mother of two. She was known for her kindness, and people were dropping flowers outside of he school as a memorial.
Bailey Schwietzer-20 years old. Helped run her family bakery, Bakersfield Speedway. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her.
Jennifer T. Irvine-42 years old. She practiced criminal and family law, she was a black belt in taekwondo, and was apart of many other physical activities. “She was an adventurous person, a very social, loving, caring, inclusive person,”
Lisa Romero-Muniz-48 years old. Secretary in New Mexico. She was known to be there for the students and they could depend on her. The concert tickets were an anniversary present from her husband, as he forgot their anniversary last year
Rhonda LeRocque-42 years old. A large believer in faith and a person who made others happy. She was in California with her family, they had planned to go to Disneyland after the concert. She was a very big giver.
Carrie Barnette-34 yeas old. Worked for Disney food service, a very kind and happy soul
Chrisiana Duarte-22 years old. A beautiful singer and a giver. “Incredibly driven, passionate about everyone and everything.”
Victor Link-52 years old. He had adopted son and lived with his fiancée, Lynne Gonzales. He was said to carry with him a deep passion for life.
Dana Gardner-52 years old. She worked as a document clerk for 26 years, and had one daughter
Stacee Etcheber-50 years old. She had two children with her husband, Vincent Etcheber, and worked as a hairdresser. She was shot and killed when her husband left her to help the police.
Angela Gomez-20 years old. She was a nursing student and was said to be one of the most genuine and loyal person you would ever meet.
Cameron Robinson-28 years old. He created an app for smartphones that would ease navigation for those attending the city governments annual conferences. He died in his boyfriend’s arms
Jack Beaton-54 years old. He was known to be a helpful person, and died as he used himself as a shield to cover his wife’s body from the gun shots. He is survived by his wife and son
Melissa Ramirez-26 years old. She was a daughter of two hard-working immigrants who are now United States Citizens. She majored in business and was apart of a loving family. She was hardworking, and will be missed.
Heather Alvardo-35 years old. She was a mother and friend who was always the first person who would offer help.
Hannah Ahlers-34 years old. Mother of three children, and had a loving husband, Brian Ahlers. In a statement, Mr. Ahlers had said, “She wasn’t too good for anybody. Beautiful, inside and out.”
Kurt Von Tillow-55 years old. He was a loving husband and father. His daughter and wife escaped the shooting unharmed, though his sister in the thigh, and his niece in the ankle. They are expected to recover. He will be survived by them and many more
Thomas Day Jr.-54 years old. Worker as a contractor and was a loving father and friend. He was shot in the head, and his father has not yet seen his body. He was said to often go to concerts with his children
Adrian Murfitt-35 years old. He could fix almost anything, he loved his dog, and his friends. He died in his friends arms, Brian MacKinnon. He has a big laugh and even bigger soul.
Jordan McIldoon-23 years old. A mechanic who was on vacation in Las Vegas with his girlfriend. He was supposed to return home on Monday Evening. His parents, distraught, mentioned he was their only son
Jessica Klymychuk-28 years old. She was a school librarian, and mother of four. She was visiting Las Vegas with her boyfriend. She was said to be the person who did a little bit of everything.
Quinton Robbins-20 years old. Everyone who met him smiled, claimed his aunt, Kilee Wells. She also asked for prayers and privacy for his family as of now
Dorene Anderson-49 years old. A loving mother and wife, she will be survived by her children, husband, and other loved ones.
Steve Berger-44 years old. He was at the concert celebrating his birthday with friends. Shortly after being shot in the torso, he passed away. He was known as loving, and a hardworking man.
Candice Bowers-40 years old. No additional information could be found.
Denise Burditus-50 years old. She was there with her high school love, Tony Burditus. Together they had multiple children and grandchildren. In a statement, Mr. Burditus said to CNN, “Denise always had a smile on her face. Denise never met a stranger.”
Andrea Lee Anna Castilla-28 years old. No other information could be found.
Denise Cohen-58 years old. She was known for her laugh, according to her child, Jeff Rees. Her, and her boyfriend she was with, Derrick Taylor, both died in the shooting.
Austin Davis-29 years old. Davis was supposed to be home, but made a last-minute choice to stay in Las Vegas longer. His supposed girlfriend, Aubree Hennigan, wrote to Davis saying, “I will love you until my dying day baby”
Brian Fraser-39 years old. No other information could be found.
Keri Galvan-31 years old. Mother of three and loving husband. Her husband tried to save her, but sadly it was too late.
Rocio Guillen-40 years old. She was with her fiance and was a mother of four. Her cousin stated, “She was a supermom, always working hard and juggling everything to be the best mom to her 4 children.”
Charleston Hartfield-34 years old. He was honored by President Trump along with all other military veterans who were victims of the shooting. Trump said, “Officer Hartfield was a proud veteran, a devoted husband and a loving father, his death is a tragic loss for this police force, for this city and for our great nation.” He was also a member of the Las Vegas Police Department. A colleague said “People would say he was the funniest guy,”
Chris Hazencomb-44 years old. His mother sadly was the one to have to tell the hospital to disconnect the ventilator that was keeping Hazencomb alive. He shielded his best friend’s wife, and was said to have done the same for anyone else.
Teresa Nicol Kimura-38 years old. She was known for her laugh, and big heart, she was also known by her middle name, Nicol. A friend wrote “She made you jealous of how much she loved life,”
Carly Kreibaum-33 years old. The welcome sign for her small town in Iowa read a message for her after the new of her passing came, “RIP Carly” She will be survived by her two children and husband.
Kelsey Meadows-28 years old. She was a substitute teacher for the highschool she graduated from. She was a “gifted teacher who demonstrated a skill and passion for her chosen profession.
Calla-Marie Medig-28 years old. She earned a promotion the day before left to go to Las Vegas. She was respected, loved, and happy. She was known for her love for country music.
Patricia Mestas-67 yeas old. She was the oldest person to die at the shooting. Her cousin had an interview with USA TODAY and said “If there weren’t people, if there wasn’t music, if there wasn’t laughter, she would find it.”
Austin Meyer-24 years old. He was passionate, loving, smart and more. A family member stated that he wish to open an auto repair shop one day, as well as getting married and having a family.
Carrie Parsons-31 years old. She as recently engaged and worked at the staffing firm Ajilon since 2014.
Lisa Patterson-46 years old. She was a strong believer in God and was apart of the Catholic church. She had a husband and one child, her friends and family say they cannot believe she is gone.
John Phippen-56 years old. He died while shielding a strange. He was there with his son, who was struck in the arm. His son is an emergency medical technician, and tried to help him, but was sadly not able to save him. He died in his son’s arms.
Jordyn Rivera-21 years old. She was known for her kindness, and people are mourning her greatly. She was in her fourth year of college, and will be survived by her friends and family.
Tara Roe-34 years old. She was a mother of two and a loving wife. She was originally listed as missing but was later confirmed dead. She had a kind soul and a friendly face.
Chris Roybal-28 years old. He was a navy veteran, and served from 2007-2012. He was moving to Colorado with his wife for a new job, before being fatally shot.
Brett Schwanbeck-61 years old. He was retired with three children and five grandchildren. His financee was there, bt was not hit. He did not die until Tuesday, at Sunrise Medical Center.
Laura Shipp-50 years old. She is survived by her son, who is currently serving in a unit based in Las Vegas.
Erick Silva-21 years old. He was a security guard at the festival, right in front of the stage. He went to help people over the barrier so they could escape, when he was shot.
Brennan Stewart-30 years old. He covered his girlfriend during the shooting to save her. He was remembered as fun, loving, and selfless.
Derrick Taylor-56 years old. He was with his girlfriend, who also died. He was a veteran, and a lieutenant, he was supposed to return to work that Tuesday. He had two grown sons.
Michelle Vo-32 years old. She was strong and independent. She lived a successful life and took advantage of the opportunities she was given. Her parents were Vietnamese immigrants. She was happy and strong, and that’s how she will be remembered.
Bill Wolfe-42 years old. He was originally reported missing before being confirmed dead. His relatives flew to Las Vegas to find him, before finding out the worst on Tuesday night. He was a Little League coach, and will be remembered by all those who were able to know him.
May the victims rest in peace, and may their loved ones be able to grieve peacefully and respectfully.
People are still in the hospital and others are still searching for loved ones. Below there will be a list of numbers to call for help finding relatives, or helping victims.
If you are looking for information about missing loved ones in the Las Vegas area, call 1-800-536-9488
If you want to volunteer in the Las Vegas area to help victims or offer transportation then check this Facebook page
At the moment, no blood is needed right now
You can look up different charities to help victims and their families on GoFundMe
If you know of any other ways to help victims, talk to politicians about gun control, or anything else that can help those who have been affected, or a way to prevent this from happening again, contact us or leave links in the comment section.