A gunman opened fire at an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip killing and wounded people as they run for cover from the bullets were flying.
The killer was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was described as a retiree who loved to gamble. Mr. Paddock was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot in his room on the 32nd floor of the hotel, said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Clark County, which includes Las Vegas. At more than 30 guns were found in the hotel room, including several rifles, the authorities said.
From the Hotel Staff at the Mandalay Bay, the Associated Press say that the staff saw a man entering the building carrying a two duffle bags and they got suspicious and they called the hotel securities. But it was too late.
The gunman killed and wounded many people at the concert. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing when the gunfire began. AP.
Here is a look at other shooting sprees in the U.S.:
- June 12, 2016: Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, kills 49 people and wounds 58 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando that was hosting a Latin night. Police killed Mateen. It was the deadliest terror attack in the U.S. since 9/11, and at the time was the worst mass shooting in the nation by a single gunman.
- April 16, 2007: Seung Hui Cho, a 23-year-old student, went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., killing 32 people, before killing himself.
- Dec. 14, 2012: Adam Lanza, 20, gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself.
- Oct. 16, 1991: George Hennard, 35, crashed his pickup through the wall of Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. He shot and killed 23 people before committing suicide.
- July 18, 1984: James Huberty, 41, gunned down 21 adults and children at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, Calif., before being killed by police.
- Aug. 1, 1966: Charles Joseph Whitman, a former U.S. Marine, shot and killed 16 people from a university tower at the University of Texas at Austin before being shot by police.
- Aug. 20, 1986: A part-time mail carrier, Patrick Henry Sherrill, shot and killed 14 postal workers in Edmund, Okla., before killing himself.
- Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple living in Redlands, Calif., opened fire at a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party, killing 14 people and injuring 22 in a matter of minutes. Farook, an American-born U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, worked at the health department. Malik had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a Facebook post before the shooting.
- Nov. 5, 2009: U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan fatally shot 13 people and injured 30 others at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas. Hasan, a psychiatrist, appeared to have been radicalized by an Islamic cleric. He was convicted and sentenced to death.
- Sept. 16, 2013: Gunman Aaron Alexis, 34, fatally shot 12 people and injured three others at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. He was later killed by police.
- July 20, 2012: James Holmes gunned down 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Last year he was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder and sentenced to 12 consecutive life sentences plus 3,318 years without parole.
- Oct. 1, 2015: Christopher Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old student at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Ore., shot an assistant professor and eight students in a classroom. After a shootout with police, he committed suicide.
- June 18, 2015: A gunman opened fire at a weekly Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Nine people were killed, including the pastor Clementa Pinckney; a 10th victim survived. The morning after the attack police arrested a suspect, Dylan Roof, 21, who said he wanted to start a race war. In December 2016 Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crimes charges, and in January he was sentenced to death.
- July 16, 2015: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn. The first was a drive-by shooting at a recruiting center; the second was at a U.S. Navy Reserve center. Four Marines and a Navy sailor died; a Marine recruit officer and a police offer were wounded. Abdulazeez was killed by police in a gunfight.
- Nov. 27, 2015: A gunman attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., killing a police officer and two civilians and injuring nine others. Robert Lewis Dear was taken into custody after a five-hour standoff and charged with first-degree murder.
What was his motive? We would never know. When he purchases the weapons, it is legal to purchase the weapons in Las Vegas. How does one to purchase guns? I think clerks should be trained not to sell guns to every person who wanted a gun for no apparent reason. If they price a gun or weapons for a million dollars, does everyone have a million dollars? Probably so and probably not, but giving a gun to a mentally disturbed person is not a good idea.
How do we recognize it? It’s difficult to read people these days. One thing we have to do is ask a lot of questions. If they get annoyed or they get mad about the questions. Don’t sell it. Why would you sell it to a person of not controlling their emotional being? Having a clean record of no violence in their past does not mean they need a gun. Especially machine for hunting season, what they are gonna killed a fast rabbit during rabbit season? Price the gun a million bucks. And give them a million bucks (a male deer). Or ducks.
Did the clerk at the weapon store got suspicious of what he was going to do with it? If it were plan out, then it would be impossible to do a background check on the person, and it was too late. Don’t give guns who wanted it, if their background is clean. We have to stop violence in America and how do we do it? I don’t know. How do we get rid of guns?