Vegas, a city known for its lively atmosphere, casinos, hotels and delicious restaurants is in a state of despair, along with the rest of the country.
59 people were killed and at least 527 injured after a mass shooting at the outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night.
While the beloved country super star Jason Aldean was performing on stage, a gunman opened fire on concert goers from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel across the street. There were 22,000 at the scene of what is now known as the deadly shooting in US history.
The shooter’s name was Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old Nevada local who killed himself before a SWAT team entered his hotel room, where they found 19 weapons, most of which were military-style rifles. Paddock had 18 more weapons found by authorities in his car and home, along with ammunition for those weapons.
Officials believe Paddock acted alone.
“Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone-wolf attacker,” said Joe Lombardo, Clark County sheriff. “We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat.”
So far, authorities haven’t determined the motive and family members have claimed to be shocked by the attack.
The terrorist group Isis has claimed responsibility for the attack and has said that Paddock converted to Islam a few months ago.
“We have determined, to this point, no connection to an international terrorist group,” said Aaron Rouse, a special FBI agent.
In the recent reports, Paddock has been discovered as a massive gambler. He often would gamble away $10,000 to $30,000 a day.
Paddock’s father, Benjamin had a criminal background and was featured on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted lists in the 70’s. He was indicted on three counts of robbery in Las Vegas.
President Donald Trump plans to visit the victims of the tragedy.
“It was an act of pure evil,” said Trump. “We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you, and we are here for you, and we ask God to see you through this very dark period.”
The tragedy already has had its impact on restaurant and hotel stocks. MGM Resorts shares dropped 4.69% this afternoon. Wynn Resorts saw a 1.42% drop in shares. Both of which are known for their award-winning restaurants.
Vegas attracts about 3.5 million visitors each year from around the world, but the shooting will evidently have a negative impact on the tourism in the city.