Donate

'No Direct Threats' As NYPD Monitors Las Vegas Mass Shooting

People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dashed Arrow
People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getty Images

The NYPD says it is monitoring the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert festival that has left at least 50 dead and 200 injured.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said, "We're monitoring the investigation and have deployed personnel to strategic locations in an abundance of caution. There are no direct threats to New York City but we're certainly maintaining our vigilance as we move forward to the fall, the winter and the holiday season."

The shooting took place just after 10 p.m. PST at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the strip, while singer Jason Aldean was performing. Video showed Aldean fleeing the stage when it became apparent gunfire had started:

A gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, had been aiming at concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. Police shot him in his hotel room. According to Reuters, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters that investigators did not believe the shooter was connected to militant groups, "We have no idea what his belief system was. We’ve located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied."

Featured in News