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More than 50 killed in Las Vegas massacre

A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel

Pictured: Police take cover outside the Mandaley Bay Las Vegas

More than 50 people have been killed and more than 500 injured after a shooting at a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel in Las Vegas.

The shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor of the hotel into a crowd of around 24,000 people. Police confirmed that the suspect shooter is dead.

Joseph Lombardo, sheriff of the Las Vegas police department, said that the man, named as Stephen Paddock, lived locally and his motives are not known. There were no explosives involved in the attack, but police used a controlled explosion to get to the suspect.

Authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest festival, taking place outside the hotel.

The public has been warned to stay away as the shooter’s companion is still at large. Those in the hotel report that it is on lockdown.

The shooting has led to some flights destined for McCarran International airport in Las Vegas to be diverted.

Country music star Jason Aldean was performing at the festival when the shooting took place.

Writing on Instagram he said: “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”

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