LAS Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had a stockpile of 10 weapons in his hotel room before carrying out America's deadliest mass shooting, as the first victims of the tragedy have been revealed.

The 64-year-old killed at least 58 and left more than 515 injured as he unleashed thousands of bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas.

The shots rained down on Sunday night at 10:08pm (Monday 4.08pm AEST) on a 22,000-strong crowd, who had been enjoying the Harvest Country Music Festival on the famed Las Vegas strip.

Photographs have now revealed the view that Paddock would have had of the 22,000 concertgoers below him as he unleashed a deadly hail of bullets.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.Source:Supplied
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.Source:Supplied



Police officers could be heard whispering before using explosives to storm into the hotel room 32135, on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort, to find the man's body as well as an arsenal of at least 10 weapons.

In audio released to US media, SWAT teams could be heard speaking to each other before bursting into the room to stop the shooter, saying they needed everyone in the hallway to move back.

One officer can be heard saying: "We need to pop this and see if we get any further response from this guy to see if he's in here or if he's actually moved somewhere else."

An "explosive breach" can then be heard.

HOW THE MASSACRE UNFOLDED

In a statement, police said: "Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concertgoers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on Sunday evening at 10:08pm (Monday 4.08pm AEST).

"The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rang out.

"Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT responded to the call, breached the hotel room and found the suspect dead.

The Clark County Fire Department estimated 500 people were transported to area hospitals and 58 are dead following Sunday evening's shooting. Among the dead is an LVMPD officer who was off-duty at the time."

Two other LVMPD officers were injured in the shooting.



AUSSIE FAMILY TELLS OF SHOOTING 'TERROR'

A Melbourne family has described seeing people "running and screaming" with "blood over their face" as they tried to escape the carnage.

Speaking to Hack on the ABC, Melinda Simpson was leaving Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with her husband, son and daughter when the shooting began.

The family had just been to see a show at the hotel when they witnessed a stream of people running and screaming down the Las Vegas strip.

"The bottom floor of MGM is massive, there were tens of thousands of people running inside, some with blood over their face, some with blood over their arms," Simpson told the ABC from a hotel room in the MGM, which was in lockdown.

"There was a woman with ripped jeans and blood on her knees.

"I said to her 'You OK?'

"She just yelled at me and said, 'People don't f**king care, they tried to squash me to get out.'

"She was swearing and crying. She said 'people didn't give a shit they just ran over me'.

"I could just feel the terror in her voice."

Simpson said her 11-year-old daughter vomited when she saw the carnage.

"She said, 'I'm scared Mum,'" Simpson said.

Facebook Image of Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock.
Facebook Image of Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock.

FORMER GOLD COAST RESIDENT 'NOT CONNECTED' TO SHOOTING

Earlier, police had sought to speak to former Gold Coast resident Marilou Danley, 62, believed to be the "partner" of alleged shooter Stephen Paddock, in relation to the shootings.

She an Australian citizen who lived on the Gold Coast for more than a decade.

Police said Danley had been interviewed and they believed she was not connected to the shooting.

"Marilou Danley is no longer being sought out as a person of interest," Las Vegas police said about the 62-year-old woman, who has been living with Paddock in a retirement community.

"LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip," police said in a statement.

However, in an update on Tuesday morning, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the gunman's female companion was still a "person of interest" and she would be interviewed when she returns to the US.

Danley was reportedly in the Philippines at the time of the shooting.

A property linked to Paddock and Danley has since been raided.

TURNBULL TWEETS 'SOLIDARITY' WITH VEGAS

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tweeted in solidarity with Las Vegas victims after the worst mass shooting in US history.

When news of the attack broke in Australia, Mr Turnbull took to Twitter, saying: "Australia mourns with America tonight after shocking senseless attack in Las Vegas."
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His tweet followed President Donald Trump's first response on Monday morning.

"My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" President Trump said.

GUNMAN'S 'PSYCOPATH' DAD ONCE ON FBI'S MOST-WANTED LIST

The father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was a "psychopath" himself - a bank robber who escaped federal prison in the late 1960s and landed on the FBI's most-wanted list, according to reports.

Paddock's dad was serial felon Benjamin Haskins Paddock, according to the Daily Mail and a tweet from NBC.

Benjamin Paddock had been locked up in 1960 for robbing an Arizona bank, escaped in 1968 and spent nearly three years on the run before the FBI caught up to him in Las Vegas in 1971, at which point he tried to run down an agent with his car, according to archival editions of the Tuscon Daily Citizen.

"Since he has utilised firearms in previous crimes, has employed violence in attempting to evade arrest and has been diagnosed as being psychopathic, [Benjamin] Paddock should be considered extremely dangerous," Palmer M. Baken Jr., agent in charge of the Phoenix FBI office said at the time, according to the Citizen.


CIA URGES CAUTION AFTER IS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY

The CIA has advised caution on "jumping to conclusions" after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting.

Agency spokesman Jonathan Liu says US intelligence agencies are aware of the claim of responsibility. But he says people shouldn't rush to judgment "before the facts are in."

The CIA has deferred to Las Vegas police on the status of the investigation. Without providing any evidence, the Islamic State group on Monday said the gunman in the mass shooting in Las Vegas was "a soldier" from its ranks who had converted to Islam months ago.

"The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition," the group's news agency Amaq said in reference to the US-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.

"The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago," Amaq added, according to Reuters.

IS offered no evidence to support the claim.

DONALD TRUMP: 'IT WAS AN ACT OF PURE EVIL'

US president Donald Trump addressed the nation from the White House, describing the shooting as "an act of pure evil".

Mr Trump spoke of his "sadness, shock and grief" at the shooting, which left at least 58 people dead and 500 more injured.

He also praised the efforts of Las Vegas police and emergency responders who attended the dead and injured.

Mr Trump was scheduled to fly to Puerto Rico on Tuesday and will now reportedly fly to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with the injured and emergency responders.

DFAT MAKING 'URGENT INQUIRIES' FOR ANY AUSSIES INVOLVED

Australian authorities are making urgent calls to determine if any Australians have been caught up in the attack.

"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," a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said.

She urged Australians who had concerns for the welfare of family and friends in the Las Vegas area to contact them directly.

"If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1 300 555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305 if calling from overseas," she said.

"All of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun and people just started to scream that they were hit and to get down.

"About 20 seconds after that you would hear a round of ­machine gunfire and people just dropping and hundreds of bodies all over the ground."

EARLIER: POLICE are searching for a woman known to a gunman after more than 20 people are dead and more than 100 others were injured in a mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The lone gunman opened fire at the open-air Route 91 festival, unloading hundreds of rounds of ammunition from a room high up at the Mandalay Bay casino complex.

He is a local resident of Las Vegas, but police have not released his identity yet.

Witnesses say the shots appeared to come from a balcony on the adjoining casino, aimed at the crowd of 30,000 people on the ground below.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardi. has confirmed the suspect, described as a "local", has been killed and stated they believed there were no more active shooters.

The gunman was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, a media conference was told. Police used explosives to blast their way into the casino room where the gunman was situated.

Police are now urgently seeking the gunman's "partner", who has become a "person of interest". She has been identified by police as Marilou Danley.

She is described as an "Asian female" and is about 150cm tall and weighs 50 kilograms.

Two cars have been identified for the search, a Hyundai Tuscon NV plate 114 B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring NV plate 19D 401.

Police have appealed for anyone with information, including mobile phone footage to come forward.

Concertgoers reported seeing "multiple injuries and fatalities", with people being shot around them as they fled the concert grounds on foot.

Pictures taken at the scene showed revellers cowering in the street or running in terror, as well what appeared to be several bodies lying prone on the ground.

The relationship between the concert venue (B) and the Mandalay Bay casino (A), shown in this Google Earth view.
The relationship between the concert venue (B) and the Mandalay Bay casino (A), shown in this Google Earth view.

"We have well in excess of 100 plus injured, and 20 plus that have died," a police spokesman confirmed.

"Nurses said this all began with pair of officers running into UMC trauma entrance, helping carry a woman who was shot. Then, rush of patients," a reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal tweeted.

Local media reported a triage centre was being set up at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

Police report they had packed squad cars with injured in order to get them to hospital. "I am transporting 5 critical patients in my car," one distraught officer was heard to say.

Heavily armed SWAT teams have taken up positions around the multistorey building, sealing it and the area off.

Part of the Las Vegas Strip and buildings remain in lockdown as police work to ensure the scene is safe.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

Professional poker player and Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, who was at the concert, said on his IG story that he saw the shooting unfold and witnessed a girl getting shot right in front of him.

"Holy f-k this girl just got shot in the f-king head," Bilzerian said.

"So f-king crazy…So I had to go grab a gun, I'm f-king heading back…Some kind of mass shooting…Guy had a heavy caliber weapon for sure…Saw a girl f-king get shot in the face right next to me, her brains f-king hanging out."

In one video, an eruption of semiautomatic firing can be heard as the band plays. The band then breaks off as panic spreads.

"Oh my God, something's happening. Get down, get down," one woman can be heard saying.

Australian Brian Hodge, who was born in Wagga Wagga but now lives in the USA, said he was forced to take cover in the bushes outside the Mandalay Bay hotel when the shooter opened fire.

"I'm OK, hiding in bushes, ran outside the hotel," he told News Corp Australia from outside the hotel.

Hodge, who is in Las Vegas with his staff, said that he expected to remain in hiding for a while.

"It's going to be a long time before I get to a safe place, this place is in lockdown," he said.

An Australian witness staying at the Mandalay Bay hotel told CNN there was mayhem following the sound of machine gun fire.

"The initial gun shots were machine gun fire," he said. "We knew it was chaos and mayhem because people were running out of everywhere."

He also described the confusion when police came across a group of guests taking cover.

"We were tucked away, about 12 of us, in a carpark thing, and the SWAT team came and said hands up," he said.

"We didn't know where the shooter [was]. We knew [the police] were confused like we were. Police ushered us out."

Jon Bessette told NBC news he was attending the Route 91 music festival when he heard gunshots around 10pm local time. "The band ran off stage and it was pandemonium," Bessette said. "Everyone was running, people were getting trampled."

Artists performing at the open-air concert have tweeted their alarm at the shooting.

"We heard a round of (fire from) a machine gun, and people just started dropping," an eyewitness of the shooting told NBC News. "As people were running people were shooting ... no-one was safe."

"They were firing from somewhere high, and they were unloading clip after clip after clip after clip," a witness told Nathan O'Neal, a reporter for a local news station, KSNV News.

"It was hundreds of shots ... There were bullets flying everywhere. Everybody was running. It was really, really bad," he said.

"They were firing from somewhere high and they were unloading clip after clip after clip. Multiple shooters, has to be.

"There were obviously people hit. We saw one getting CPR in a truck.

"It sounded like two firecrackers ended up being hundreds of shots. It sounded like a firecracker and then didn't sound like a firecracker. "

His female companion described the chaotic scenes in the concert:

"There bullets ricocheting around my feet because we all got on the floor, crawling out, rushing. I just thought it was something technical, something wrong with the stage then everyone started rushing out," she said.

Twitter user StreetBeetle told Newshub a friend, who used to be in the military, "knew instantly it was an automatic weapon".

He said there's "lots of panic" and the hotel had sent people to the basement and to their rooms.

"It still seems very nuts. The MGM is now on lockdown and everyone is crying and panicking."

EARLIER: DOZENS of people have been shot after a gunman opened fire at an open-air concert from high among the Mandalay Bay casino complex in Las Vegas.

Witnesses say the shots appeared to come from a balcony on the 32nd floor of the adjoining casino, aimed at the crowd of at the Route 91 festival on the grounds below.

Witnesses report seeing "multiple injuries and fatalities", with people being shot around them as they fled the concert show on foot.

LA Police have tweeted: "Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time."

The Las Vegas University Medical Centre says they have begun receiving gunshot wound victims, and have been told to expect more.

The Los Angeles Times reports a hospital spokeswoman as confirming two dead and 24 injured have so far been received. About 12 are said to be in a critical condition.

Local media reported a triage center was being set up at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

Police report they have packing squad cars with injured in order to get them to hospital. "I am transporting 5 critical patients in my car," one distraught officer was heard to say.

Heavily armed SWAT teams have taken up positions around the multi-storey building, sealing it and the area off.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

In one video, an eruption of semi-automatic firing can be heard as the band plays. The band then breaks off as panic spreads.

"Oh my God, something's happening. Get down, get down," one woman can be heard saying.

Australian Brian Hodge, who was born in Wagga Wagga but now lives in the USA, said he was forced to take cover in the bushes outside the Mandalay Bay hotel when the shooter opened fire.

"I'm ok, hiding in bushes, ran outside the hotel," he told News Corp Australia from outside the hotel.

"I'm waiting for the police to come get us. There are multiple shooters with automatic weapons. One of the shooters was shooting from my hotel room floor."

Hodge, who is in Las Vegas with his staff, said that he expected to remain in hidiing for a while.

"It's going to be a long time before I get to a safe place, this place is in lockdown," he said.

Jon Bessette told NBC news he was attending the Route 91 music festival when he heard gunshots around 10pm local time. "The band ran off stage and it was pandemonium," Bessette said. "Everyone was running, people were getting trampled."

Artists performing at the open-air concert have tweeted their alarm at the shooting.

"We heard a round of (fire from) a machine gun, and people just started dropping," an eyewitness of the shooting told NBC News. "As people were running people were shooting... no-one was safe."

"They were firing from somewhere high, and they were unloading clip after clip after clip after clip," a witness told Nathan O'Neal, a reporter for a local news station, KSNV News.

"It was hundreds of shots."

Twitter user StreetBeetle told Newshub a friend, who used to be in the military, "knew instantly it was an automatic weapon".

He said there's "lots of panic" and the hotel had sent people to the basement and to their rooms.

"It still seems very nuts. The MGM is now on lockdown and everyone is crying and panicking."

VEGAS IN LOCKDOWN

Authorities have shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.

Mandalay Bay is on the south side of the Vegas strip, across from McCarran International irport.

The Route 91 Harvest Music Festival is in its final night, in an open-air performance venue across the street from the casino.

McCarran International Airport tweeted that several flights had been diverted, but it has since "temporarily halted" all flights in and out of the airport.

AUSTRALIAN CONTACT

Australian authorities are making urgent calls to determine if any Australians have been caught up in the attack.

"The Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles is making urgent enquiries 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," a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said.

She urged Australians who had concerns for the welfare of family and friends in the Las Vegas area to contact them directly.

"If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1 300 555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305 if calling from overseas," she said.

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