British tennis player Laura Robson has confirmed she is safe after attending the open-air music festival in Las Vegas where 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured after a gunman opened fire.
The assailant, known as 64-year-old local Steven Paddock, fired rounds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with an automatic weapon into the crowds below.
Robson took to social media to alert her worried fans.
I’m okay. We were right there… sounded like fireworks at first then everyone started running. Scary sh*t.
My friend who was deeper in the crowd has been helping people who were shot. We’re all in shock.
I'm okay. We were right there.. sounded like fireworks at first then everyone started running. Scary shit
— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) October 2, 2017
Robson had also been in the US state last month to watch Gennady Golovkin take on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarex at the T-Mobile Arena.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo identified the ‘lone wolf’ attacker as Steven Paddock, ‘with a date of birth of four, nine of 1953.’
Officers who were alerted to the scene said Paddock was dead and did not believe there were any other shooters involved.
Lombardo also revealed that ‘several’ firearms had been found in Paddock’s room.
We located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied. All’s we know is that they were rifles.
We are executing a search warrant on the room. We have officers at his residence, and we will be executing a search warrant there also shortly.
It is going to be a long and tedious investigation. We are bringing in all the resources of the FBI to assist us in this investigation, in particular to their victim witness advocates and their CSI folks to help us process the scene and ensure that we are getting all the evidence that we can possible obtain.
It is the deadliest mass shooting in US history, surpassing the Orlando terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016 that saw 49 people shot dead.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 2, 2017
Eye witness Mike Cronk told ABC News:
I was at the concert there and Jason Aldea was playing and it sounded like some fireworks going off and then I think that was the first volley and then all of a sudden there was this second volley.
My buddy was like ‘I just got hit’ and he got hit three times. People started diving for the ground and it just continued and it was pretty much chaotic and lots of people got hit.
It took a while to get him out, we had to get him over the fence and hiding under the stage to be safe and finally we had to move him because he had three chest wounds.
Shooter is 64 y.o., Steven Paddock fm Mesquite, NV. No motive yet. Police searching his house now. He was known to local police. #9news
— Corey Rose (@CoreyRoseTV) October 2, 2017
We got him out here and we got four people into the back of a truck but then we got turned around because there was an active shooter so we couldn’t go down that street.
We finally got an ambulance right across the street here and got two of the guys in and one guy ended up dying in my arms because he was bleeding.
My buddy got in there and we got three more people in that ambulance and I just got a message my buddy is going to be okay.
Owners of the Mandalay Hotel where Paddock was stationed, MGM Resorts, issued a statement on the tragedy.
Shooting in Las Vegas. People fleeing (video from the Mandalay Bay hotel) pic.twitter.com/hs98J5uK6T
— Eiki Hrafnsson (@EirikurH) October 2, 2017
This evening there was a tragic active shooter situation at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. Law enforcement and emergency personnel responded quickly to the incident and secured the scene.
Law enforcement requested that we put hotels in the vicinity on lockdown to ensure guest safety. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
For families looking to locate missing loved ones, 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.
More to follow.