At least 58 people were killed and over 515 others were injured in a shooting near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, police said.
The Las Vegas Police Department said that “one suspect is down” and they did not believe there were any more shooters, according to the department’s Twitter account.
Police said the suspected gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was dead. Police said they believe Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself prior to police entry reported to be on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
At least one police officer is confirmed dead.
As ambulances and other first responders swarmed in to help, the gleaming Las Vegas strip shut down. Tourists hid in their hotel rooms. Flights headed into the McCarran International Airport airport were held elsewhere.
The final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was taking place across the street from Mandalay Bay when the shooting took place. One witness said they heard “nonstop gunfire.”
Congress is currently debating two major laws to loosen gun restrictions.
One bill would make permits to carry concealed weapons valid across state lines, effectively undermining states that have chosen to enact stricter gun laws.
The other would make it easier for people to buy silencers, which advocates say would limit hearing damage for hunters and recreational shooters, but which opponents say could make it harder for police to locate gunmen during an active shooting.
Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, urged supporters to “stand up to the NRA” on that bill.
Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and leading gun control advocater, echoed the call for action.
The political discussion after mass shootings tends to follow a familiar script, with Democrats calling for gun restrictions and Republicans responding by saying Democrats are too quick to politicize tragedies and defending gun rights.
But after years of inaction on guns, Democrats on Monday seemed to have run out of patience.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said on Twitter that sending thoughts are prayers is “NOT enough” and that Congress needs to discuss ways to stop gun violence “NOW.”
Sen. Sen Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I, asked, “How many lives must be lost before we act?” And Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said his colleagues need to do more than express sympathy.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., the party’s former vice presidential nominee and a moderate up for reelection next year, lamented, “We suffer these horrific events repeatedly and do nothing to stop them. We must do better.”