Flags will be flown at half-staff to honor the victims who died in the tragedy.
Las Vegas, NV – In Las Vegas, where thousands of Guamanians live, the death toll has reached 59 with hundreds more injured after an active shooter opened fire at the Mandalay Bay Resort yesterday during a Route 91 Harvest Festival.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the death toll at 59 with 527 injured.
In a media briefing today, Metro Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo identified the suspect as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who reportedly rented a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay where he apparently launched the shooting spree.
Assistant Sheriff Fasulo says Metro recovered 23 firearms from Mandalay Bay and 19 firearms from Paddocks home in Mesquite, Nevada.
Several videos from the scene that have gone viral show concert goers scrambling and ducking for cover as screaming and gunshots from an automatic weapon could be heard in the background.
According to authorities, the suspect shot himself by the time police reached his hotel room.
Fasulo addressed the safety of the Las Vegas area in the wake of what is now recorded as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“We know of no known threats in our Las Vegas area. If we did know of anything that could harm the safety and security of our citizens, we would tell you that and our department would act upon that,” said Fasulo.
“I wanna emphasize that we believe Paddock is solely responsible for this heinous act,” he added. “These past 20 hours have been trying and we know we have a long way to go. I’m proud of the courage and resiliency displayed by all our first responders on this event.”
Fasulo added that donations from near and far have been pouring in and they have set up a gofundme account to help the victims and their families.
On Guam, Acting Governor Ray Tenorio has called for the lowering of flags to half-staff in honor of the shooting victims.
Read the acting governor’s full statement below: