There are reports of a possible active shooter or multiple active shooters at a country concert near or at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas strip. Las Vegas police confirmed on Twitter, “We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino. Asking everyone to please avoid the area. #LVMPDnews.”
A few minutes later, police gave information on Twitter about a media staging area, but they have released no additional information. Scanner traffic was extremely grim, as the incident continued to expand, and police were dispatching “strike teams” to numerous other Strip hotels, for other unconfirmed reports, including that medics were being shot at. Some of those shooting reports did not pan out; police said on the scanner that one suspect was down in a hotel room at Mandalay Bay. It was not yet clear how many people were injured or whether anyone was deceased. However, police were referring to “casualty collection points” in live scanner traffic, and were also discussing sending teams into other hotels on the Las Vegas 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.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
Some videos of the scene were being posted to social media as news broke. There were not very many details confirmed about the incident early on October 2 as it was just breaking, but eyewitnesses described hearing multiple, rapid-fire gunshots, and some even said they believed there was more than one gunman. Be aware that some of the videos from the scene are disturbing.
There are reports of multiple shooters, strike teams, and possibly shots fired at multiple hotels. You can listen to scanner traffic here.
The suspect or suspects and motive had not been released, as the situation was active and fluid. “One suspect down inside the room,” scanner traffic said shortly after 2:24 a.m. on the east coast.
This man said he was at the scene and added, “Bullet flying everywhere….they were ricocheting everywhere from where we were….multiple shooters. It has to be.”
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) October 2, 2017
There were reports that the active shooter was at a country music festival.
Route 91 Harvest Festival bills itself on Twitter as “a three day country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip / Sept 29- Oct 1!” Country singer Jake Owen, tweeted, “Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.”
Some people wondered whether it was a terror attack, but there was no word from authorities yet on suspect, motive, or even confirmation of what was going on as the shooting broke out around 1:30 a.m. on the east coast.
“It’s unclear if anyone has been hurt. Police blocked Las Vegas Blvd. as officers searched the hotel for a shooter,” The New York Daily News reported.
Video courtesy of Drew Akioshi. He was attending the concert at mandalay bay when shooting started. pic.twitter.com/mbyh9Y387q
— David Sakach (@davidsakach) October 2, 2017