At Least 50 Dead in Las Vegas Concert Shooting, Over 400 Injured
A gunman opened fire last night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Fifty people have been reported dead so far with hundreds injured, and the numbers only continue to climb. Las Vegas police identified and killed gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, and were still seeking an accomplice, Marilou Danley. Officials are already saying it’s one of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
You can read a complete report of everything known so far, along with video and eyewitness recounts, at The New York Times.
As with the shooting in Paris nearly two years ago at an Eagles of Death Metal concert — although the Route 91 Harvest Festival is certainly a far cry from our world of metal — these kinds of incidents shake to the core ANYONE who attends any kind of live music events. Shows are where we go to escape, get lost in the music, forget about our troubles, and to have the specter of literal death hanging over us during those few hours of bliss completely changes everything. No matter what we find out in the coming days and weeks about the shooter and his motives, going to concerts is never going to be the same.
On behalf of everyone at MetalSucks, sending all our best to the victims’ families and friends, and to anyone who survived what must’ve been a deeply traumatic ordeal.