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Shooter Opens Fire In Las Vegas Casino, More Than 50 People Dead

"People kept dropping and dropping."

In a massacre with eerie echoes of the Pulse nightclub attack, a shooter opened fire in a Las Vegas casino Sunday night, killing more than 50 people and injuring 200 more, including an off-duty police officer.

Some time after 10pm, a man opened fire with a "fully automatic" weapon from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. The suspect, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, sprayed bullets at attendees of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Paddock is being been reported as deceased.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off," concertgoer Meghan Kearney told MSNBC. "Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground.” .

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) A person lies on the ground at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

"People kept dropping and dropping," Kearney added. "People were getting shot one foot away from us... Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Police report they uncovered "numerous firearms" in Paddock's room. They are are hoping to question his roommate, Marilou Danley, for information about what fueled the attack.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: Police officers point their weapons at a car driving down closed Tropicana Ave. near Las Vegas Boulevard after a reported mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 2 people dead. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On Twitter, Donald Trump offered "my warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting."

We will continue to report on the incident as more information becomes available.

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