Las Vegas shooting, death toll rises drastically

Las Vegas shooting, death toll rises drastically

LAS VEGAS: A gunman opened fire at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 200 others before the suspect was killed by police.

Police identified the suspect as a local Las Vegas man who acted alone, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at a briefing. But authorities were seeking an Asian female who police described as a companion of the suspect, he said.

Las Vegas police later identified the suspect as Stephen Paddock.

They said that rumours of other shootings in the area were false. Off-duty police were believed to be among the victims.

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