Las Vegas Shooting ‘worst’ in US history


vegasLAS 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 were revealed.

The heavily-armed 64-year-old killed at least 58 and injured 515 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 reveal the view that Paddock had of the concertgoers as they watched country music singer Jason Aldean perform.

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

Speaking to Hack, Melinda Simpson was leaving Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with her husband, son and daughter when the shooting began.

The family had just seen 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,” Ms 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 sh*t 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.

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.

Danley is 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.

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.”