Las Vegas Shooting: After gunman kills 50 at music festival, Twitterati urge for #GunControlNow

As soon as the news spread about the attacker's identity, the social media buzz around the Las Vegas shooting saw a revival of the debate around gun control measures in the country.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2017 9:29 am
Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

A gunman opened fire at a crowd attending a music festival in Las Vegas, reportedly killing 50 people, on Sunday. The horrific incident is being deemed as the deadliest mass shooting in the United States. The carnage has also left over 200 injured — 14 of them critically wounded — in the rampage that happened at the popular three-day Route 91 Harvest festival. Las Vegas police said one suspect was shot down. The incident occurred on Sunday night when Jason Aldean, one of the final performers, was playing. Concert-goers said they saw muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the country music festival, and heard the sound of what they described as automatic gunfire.

During a news briefing, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the assailant was a local resident and a “lone wolf” attacker. The 64-year-old attacker was identified by police as Stephen Paddock and was later killed during a standoff with officers on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, where the festival was being hosted.

As soon as the news spread that the police found many weapons in the attacker’s room, the social media buzz around the attack took a turn and it renewed the debate around gun control measures in the country. While US President tweeted about his “warmest condolences” to the families of the victims, people asked for a stronger law. Las Vegas and #GunControlNow started dominating US Twitter trends.

 

As the death toll reached 50, it became the most threatening mass shooting incident in modern USA. Earlier, when an ISIS supporter opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016, leaving 49 dead, it recorded the highest number of deaths in a mass shooting in a single day.

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