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Las Vegas shooting: Videos show concert-goers fleeing, ducking for cover

Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the country music festival and the sound of what they described as automatic gun fire.

world Updated: Oct 02, 2017 13:36 IST
Agencies, Las Vegas
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People carry a person at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gunfire was heard in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP Photo)

Videos circulating on social media showed concert-goers fleeing in panic during a shooting at the music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Las Vegas Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the country music festival and the sound of what they described as automatic gun fire.

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A witness said he heard what sounded like fireworks while he was watching Jason Aldean’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

A person lies on the ground at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire was heard. (AFP Photo)
People run from the New York New York during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. (AP Photo)
Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest. (AFP Photo)

Thirty-six-year-old Kodiak Yazzi said the music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.

As the 40,000 fans in the crowd began to flee, Yazzi took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above.

The bursts of pops would start and stop for more than five minutes. He says he saw dozens of ambulances as he ran for safety. He later got a Lyft driver to take him home to suburban Henderson.

Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.

Las Vegas police say one suspect is ‘down.’

A hospital spokesperson said at least two people were dead and 24 injured with suspected gunshot wounds after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals . Several people including a police officer had been shot at the outdoor concert, the Las Vegas Sun newspaper reported.

A man stands outside the the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported. (AFP Photo)

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 13:18 IST