At least 20 people were killed and over 100 left injured when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday. According to the authorities, the suspect was killed by police in a counter operation.
Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone. But authorities were still looking for an Asian female who police described as a companion of the suspect, the police said.
There were rumours of other shootings in the area, which the authorities confirmed were false.
According to the investigation reports, shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.
The spokeswoman for the University Medical Center hospital said 14 of the wounded were in a critical condition. All had suffered gunshot wounds, she said.
US media reported that Aldean was performing around 10:45 p.m. local time on Sunday when the shooting began at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling mecca. All the artists were reported to be safe.
The police said the gunfire came from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, where the gunman was killed. The gunman, who was a local man, was killed after police “engaged the suspect,” police officer Lombardo told reporters.
Police said on Twitter that at this time they did not believe there are any more shooters.
Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping and entertainment. The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels.
Police have disclosed no information that would suggest a motive for the shooting or revealed the identity of the suspect.
(With inputs from Agencies)