(JTA) — At least 50 people are dead and more than 400 wounded in Las Vegas in what is being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The attack took place at a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night.
The gunman has been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, who apparently killed himself in a standoff with police. Paddock reportedly shot at the crowd with automatic weapons from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay at around 10 p.m. while singer Jason Aldean was performing. Police said at least 10 firearms were found in the hotel room. Aldean was the final performer of the night and of the festival.
Some 40,000 people were at the venue at the time of the shooting, though not all were at the concert. Among the dead and injured are police officers.
Twelve Israelis are unaccounted for and considered missing in the wake of the attack, Israel’s Foreign Ministry told Israel’s Channel 2.
Emmanuel Nachshon, Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, in a tweet sent “love and solidarity from Jerusalem.”
The Jewish mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman, in a tweet asked her followers to “Pray for Las Vegas.” She also thanked the first responders.
— Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) October 2, 2017
Pray for Las Vegas. Thank you to all our first responders out there now.
— Carolyn G. Goodman (@mayoroflasvegas) October 2, 2017
Sheriff Joe Lombardo in a news conference said that Paddock was a “local individual” and police were assessing whether the shooting was an act of terrorism. Several news outlets later identified Paddock as being from Mesquite, Nevada, about 80 miles from Las Vegas, along Nevada’s border with Arizona.
Paddock reportedly was not known to police, was not a veteran of the military and lived in a retirement community.
There are over 70,000 Jews and at least 19 synagogues located in Las Vegas, according to the JewishVegas.com website.
— Chase Stevens (@CSStevensphoto) October 2, 2017