An eyewitness Bryan Heifner told CNN how he witness the tragic events unfolding: “Mostly I heard the shots, just so many shots — I just thought it was a semi braking with the air brakes, but then I went downstairs and saw people running and looking for family,” he said.
“I immediately went back to my room, locked the door, turned the lights off.”
Another witness , Mike Thompson from London, told the BBC that he saw people running in total panic: “One man had blood all over him and that’s when I knew something was seriously wrong,” he said.
Country singer Jason Aldean was performing at the time of the attack which took place outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino showed. The festival, which had been running since Friday, was in it’s final night of the three-day event when gunfire began to rain down.
Several SWAT teams arrived at the hotel and quickly found the gunman before killing the suspect. “Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time,” the police tweeted.