LAS VEGAS – At least 50 people are dead and more than 200 injured after a gunman opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas from a nearby hotel. The shooting began at 10.08pm on Sunday night (4.08pm Monday AEST) and is the deadliest mass shooting in US history. The suspect, a local man named as 64 year-old Stephen Paddock was killed by police. Follow live updates below.
Gunman’s girlfriend Australian
Marilou Danley, the woman wanted by police in connection with the Las Vegas shooting is Australian.
The Australian understands that she was the girlfriend of the dead shooter Stephen Paddock. Ms Danley is understood to have shared a house in Las Vegas with Mr Paddock.
She holds an Australian passport and is possibly of Indonesian decent.
Las Vegas Police said in the last half an hour that they have located Ms Danley after earlier issuing her photo and naming her as a person of interest following the shooting.
Musicians express horror
Country music artists who performed at the Route 91 festival have expressed their support for those caught up in the shooting.
The performer who was on stage when the shooting started, Jason Aldean, uploaded an aerial photo of Las Vegas on Instagram with the caption: “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a short statement on Monday that it was still trying to determine whether any Australians had been caught up in the incident.
“The Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles is making urgent inquiries with local authorities to determine whether any Australians have been affected by a shooting incident at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas,” the spokeswoman said.”If you have any concerns for the welfare of family and friends in the Las Vegas area, you should attempt to contact them directly.”
Those unable to contact friends and family in Las Vegas are urged to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305.