At least 59 people were tragically killed Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd of thousands from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
At this time, authorities have not come forward with a motive for the shooting, and though several groups have come forward claiming responsibility for the attack, the shooter, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, has no known ties to any terrorist organization or hate group.
When police breached the hotel room where the shooter was staying, multiple firearms along with several loaded magazines were found, along with the shooter who had taken his own life before police arrived.
Jason Aldean, country music superstar and headliner for the event, was performing when Paddock opened fire with what is believed to have been multiple AR-pattern rifles that may have been modified to allow for more rapid fire.
Blake Shelton, another prominent country music performer joined the President and others in voicing support and sympathy for the families and loved ones of those involved.
My deepest sympathies and prayers to anyone has been affected by the Vegas shooting last night. I don’t even know anymore… Why?
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 2, 2017
Pew Pew Tactical would like to take this time to add our voice, such as it is, to the numerous voices offering sincere condolences to those involved in or affected by this incident. The loss of life at what should have been a fun-filled event is nothing short of tragic.
If you are in the area and are able, several hospitals in the area that are treating the over 500 wounded have made calls for blood donations, and the FBI and local authorities are requesting any video of photos from the event that may be helpful to investigators. You can find that information below.
We will be updating this story as it develops and more information comes to light.