Casinos are being evacuated as armed police rush to deal with an active shooter on the Las Vegas strip.
A gunman has opened fire at the Mandalay Bay casino, causing multiple casualties. According to the BBC, 20 bodies have been found at the scene.
A Las Vegas Hospital spokesman has confirmed that at least two people have been killed and 24 injured with suspected gunshot wounds. Twelve of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.
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University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the Las Vegas hospital is taking in ‘several’ people with gunshot wounds.
Witnesses claim the Mandalay Bay Hotel, which is adjacent to the Four Seasons, is on lockdown. Other unverified witness reports on social media claim there were two or three shooters on the 32nd floor of the hotel who had shot at a bodyguard and police.
The attack took place close by to the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, from which hundreds of people fled after the gunfire was heard.
Footage shows the moment the sound of gunfire stops a Las Vegas concert. There are reports of multiple injuries pic.twitter.com/y5x0bA1F8N
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The shooting took place at around 22:30 (05:30 GMT) and police have advised people to avoid the area.
UPDATE: Las Vegas Police Department confirmed at least 50 fatalities and a further 400 civilian injuries have been reported.
Families looking to locate missing loved ones should call 1-866-535-5654. If you would like to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting visit the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, 7135 W. Sahara.
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