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50 killed in worst US mass shooting

A presumed lone gunman has killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds after spraying opening fire from a high floor on more than 22,000 party goers during a Las Vegas music festival in what has been claimed to be one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history.

The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock was later found dead by the police in a 32nd-floor room with at least 10 guns. It is believed he killed himself as officers closed in on the room.

Police statement say at least 200 people were injured in the shooting that began at 22:08 local time on Sunday (05:08 GMT on Monday).

Witnesses reported that hundreds of shots were fired as hundreds of people fled the scene and the sound of what appeared to be prolonged automatic gunfire could be heard on videos posted on social media.

US President Donald Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to the victims and their families, and called the shooting “terrible”.

So-called Islamic State later claimed to be behind the attack, saying that Paddock had converted to Islam some months ago but have not provided any evidence for the claim.

So far, there is no indication of motive for the shooting.


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