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Mass shooting reported in Las Vegas concert
An ambulance leaves the concert venue after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, US October 1, 2017. Photo:Agencies

A gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday.
 
The shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel around 11:00 pm (GMT0600 Monday) and was killed by police later, Joseph Lombardo, Sheriff of Las Vegas Metropolis Police Department (LVMDP) said at a press conference 1:30 am (GMT0830) Monday morning.
 
The death toll, which police emphasized was preliminary and tentative, would make the attack the deadliest mass shooting in US history, eclipsing last year's massacre of 49 people at an Orlando night club.
 
Thousands of panicked people fled the scene, in some cases trampling one another as law enforcement officers scrambled to locate and kill the gunman. Shocked concertgoers, some with blood on their clothes, wandered the streets after the attack.
 
The suspect was a local Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.
 
"We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said. "Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static."
 
Authorities were seeking a woman they named as Marilou Danley, the suspected gunman's roommate. Lombardo described her as Asian, 4 foot 11 inches (1.5 m) tall, 111 pounds (50 kg). He gave no details of whether she was suspected of involvement in the attack but described her as an "associate".
 
Police had located two cars that belonged to the suspect and also believed they had located the woman.
 
Lombardo said rumors of other shootings or explosives such as car bombs in the area were false. Video taken of the attack showed panicked crowds fleeing as sustained rapid gunfire ripped through the area.
 
Las Vegas's casinos, nightclubs and shopping draw some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year and the area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out shortly after 10 pm (0400 GMT).
 
In video clips posted online, the sound of an automatic weapon being fired can be heard. It was reported that the kind of firearm that made that noise cannot be easily purchased at US gun stores.
 
ABC 7 news channel reported that there were hundreds of shots.
 
The concert was interrupted after people gathering there run away when they found it was sound of machine gun instead of fireworks.
 
Metro Police officers pass by the front of the Tropicana hotel-casino after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, US October 1, 2017. Photo: Agencies
Las Vegas Metro Police officers gather near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, US early October 2, 2017. Photo: Agencies

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