More than 20 dead, over 100 injured in shooting on Las Vegas Strip

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Las Vegas: At least 20 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a gunman opened fire at a country music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday, police said.

The gunman, who police said was a local man, was killed by officers who engaged him in a gunfight. The police officers who responded to reports of multiple gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, a hotel-casino next to the concert venue in the gambling hub.

The concert-goers screamed and fled in panic as rumbling of automatic gunfire rang out at the venue shortly after 10.00pm local time.

“We have in excess of 100-plus injured and excess of 20-plus that have died at this point,” Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told an early morning press conference.

“Two of those killed are believed to be off-duty police officers”, said Lombardo.

“This is an ongoing investigation, but we are comfortable that the primary aggressor in this event … has expired or passed away, and is no longer a threat,” he added.

Reports suggest police are in search for the gunman’s accomplice.

Videos circulating on social media purportedly of the Mandalay Bay showed a crowd enjoying a country music concert before what sounded like volleys of automatic gunfire halted the performance, various news reports said.

The shooting is the deadliest in the United States since 49 people were killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.

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