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Summary

  1. Police say at least 58 people are dead, 515 injured
  2. It is the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history
  3. The gunman, 64-year-old local Stephen Paddock, killed himself

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By Yaroslav Lukov and Max Matza

All times stated are UK

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We're pausing our live coverage of the events in Las Vegas.

Here's a reminder of what happened:

  • On Sunday night a 64-year-old gambler and former accountant opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada, police say
  • It is the worst mass shooting in modern American history
  • Police say 58 people were killed, and the death toll may continue to rise
  • More than 500 people were injured in the attack against the country music festival
  • The attack was "pure evil" Trump said in his address to the nation

As more details continue unfold, follow along in our main story here.

Here is everything we know so far, a profile of some of the victims, and a look at who was behind the shooting.

CBS lawyer 'fired over Vegas comments'

The CBS network has fired one of its top lawyers after she said she was “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican”, Fox News reports.

'Gun restrictions not the answer'

A Trump voter who has been in regular contact with our correspondent, Rajini Vaidyanathan, tells her that guns are not the issue here.

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Blood donation queues lengthen

As scores of Las Vegas residents and visitors wait in long queues to donate blood, emergency officials are requesting that people schedule appointments in order to speed up the process.

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A history of mass shootings

Trump leads moment of silence

moment of silence
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Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, accompanied by their wives, have just appeared on the White House South Lawn for a moment of silence.

With their heads bowed and eyes closed, they listened as a bell tolled for the victims in Las Vegas.

IS makes renewed claim

So-called Islamic State has released a new claim, stating that the Las Vegas shooter was affiliated with the terror group.

Previous claims had been made by the group's publicity wing Amaq, but the latest comes from their central Nashir group, BBC Monitoring reports.

They have named the attacker as "Abu Abdul-Barr al-Amriki", but have provided no evidence to support the claim.

Police say the gunman is Stephen Paddock, and the FBI has said it has found no links to international terrorism.

Stephen Paddock: Las Vegas suspect a quiet retired accountant

'More facts needed' - White House

"Before we start trying to talk about the preventions of what took place last night we need to know more facts.

"And right now we're simply not at that point," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

The answer came in response to a question about a Republican bill that would deregulate the use of gun silencers.

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'We helped three gunshot victims'

Crystal from California was at the concert with some of her family. She describes helping three people with gunshot wounds.

"I could see the bullets ricocheting off the gravel on the floor, so we ran. We ran to our pick-up truck which wasn't far away.

"As we tried to make our way out of the parking lot a security guard flagged us down. He had two gunshot victims with him.

"We got them in the back of the truck. One had been shot in the head the other in the ankle, both were conscious.

"We tried to get out of the area as fast as possible but it was chaos, people were running everywhere and into the road."

Read more about how average Americans responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Democrats call for select committee

White House briefing begins

"Today is a reflection, a day of mourning," says White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, whose voice was breaking as she read out a statement of condolences for the hundreds of victims.

"I think that there will be certainly a time for that policy discussion to take place," Sanders said when asked if the president had reconsidered US gun control measures.

But now is not that time, she added.

FBI chief: '1,000 domestic terror cases'

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During testimony to Congress last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray said there are about 1,000 ongoing, active investigations into potential domestic terrorists.

Speaking to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, he described the list as a "very serious" issue that the agency spends "a lot of our time focused on".

He noted in his testimony that the threat of domestic terror is much greater than "the threat from ISIS influence", referring to so-called Islamic State.

Police have said that the attack in Las Vegas was not terror-related, but so far have not released a motive.

Gun silencers in the spotlight

Advocates for increased gun control are calling attention to a Republican draft bill which would make it easier for Americans to purchase "silencers" - also known as "suppressors" - which are affixed to the end of gun barrels and are designed to dampen the sound of gunfire.

The bill, known as the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, includes provisions that would deregulate gun silencers.

"This legislation is about safety – plain and simple", said South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan when he introduced the bill, noting that his own hearing "has been damaged because of gun noise".

Debate over the bill was meant to begin next week in Congress after it was delayed over the summer following a gun attack against US congressmen while they practiced for a softball game.

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton noted on Twitter that the bill is a policy goal of the NRA (National Rifle Association).

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Appeal from Gabrielle Giffords

Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly. Archive photo
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Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly. Photo: April 2010

Former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords - who was shot in the head six years ago - has called for political leaders in Washington to introduce tougher gun restrictions, in the wake of the Las Vegas attack.

A joint statement, read out by her husband Mark Kelly, said it required action and leadership from the White House and Congress.

"We need a president who recognises that we have a gun violence problem and will work towards solutions.

"Americans need more than our president's prayers; we need his plans. We need a Congress who will stand up to the special interests, look at the evidence and act to save lives.

"Public safety must be our top priority," the statement said.

Tel Aviv's city hall lit up in US colours

Tel Aviv's city hall lit up in US colours
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In Israel, Tel Aviv's city hall has been lit up in the colours of the stars and stripes to honour the victims.

Canada 'shares pain and horror - Trudeau

Canada's prime minister has just released this statement, amidst reports of Canadian victims:

"Our hearts break for our American friends and neighbours today. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones and friends, and my prayers for a fast and full recovery for the many injured.

"We stand with the United States, and share their pain and horror at such a senseless and cowardly act of violence.

"Las Vegas has long been celebrated by people from around the globe, including many Canadians. We grieve with this city and the United States. Such acts only strengthen our resolve to stand together, united.

"This city is a destination for people from around the world, and we are following up on reports of Canadian victims. Consular officials are in close contact with local authorities.

"Friends and relatives of Canadian citizens known to be in the area can contact Global Affairs Canada's 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca"

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British troops helped look after wounded - sources

James Landale

Diplomatic correspondent

Whitehall sources say that a number of serving personnel from 1st Queen's Dragoon Guard - the Welsh Cavalry - helped look after the wounded on the ground in Las Vegas.

They were apparently staying in a hotel near where the shooting took place.

One source said the servicemen were off duty after taking part in training operations at Fort Irvin in California.

911 call: Moment police confront suspect

Las Vegas shooting: Moment police burst into gunman's room

Empire State Building to go dark

Empire State Building handout
Empire State Building handout

New York City's famous Empire State Building will tonight "be lit in darkness with a rotating orange halo in sympathy for Las Vegas" officials at the iconic skyscraper have said in a press release.

Putin sends condolences

The latest from BBC Monitoring -

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram of condolences to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting.

"The crime that has claimed the lives of scores of peaceful civilians is shocking in its cruelty," the telegram said, according to Interfax news agency.

Putin offered condolences to the victims' families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, Interfax added.

'In America we are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence'

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords was wounded in a mass shooting in 2011, and has since then embarked on a campaign to end gun violence in the US.

She and her husband Mark Kelly held a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington moments ago.

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'I can't get the sound of gunshots out of my head'

Ricky Masucci was with his fiancee at the concert when the attack happened.

Both managed to escape unhurt but - as he told the BBC - he will now have to deal with the psychological impact of what they've been through for a long time.

"I can't get the sound of the gunshots out of my head at the moment. You can't unsee the things you've seen.

"I mean, I never in a million years would have thought I'd be running over dead bodies or crawling over people to get to safety.

"It literally hurt my soul to watch people dying in front of me, and I can't do anything about it because I have to get to safety and I have to get her to safety," Mr Masucci said.

Suspect 'spent thousands of dollars in gambling bets'

One of the suspect's brothers' Eric Paddock, told news media that his brother enjoyed frequenting the casinos in Las Vegas to attend concerts and gamble.

Local police have told NBC News that in recent days the suspect had spent "tens of thousands of dollars" gambling.

It's unclear if he won or lost money - or if the gambling is related to Sunday night's shooting.

Trump will lead moment of silence today

Hospitals coping well

Dave Lee

BBC News, at Las Vegas hospital

An ambulance heads to a hospital after the shooting
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An ambulance heads to a hospital after the shooting

Hospitals seem to be coping well after the shooting.

Local residents have been bringing the injured in their vehicles to several medical facilities in the city.

It looks like Las Vegas has really turned out in helping the authorities after the attack.

BreakingGunman's father 'on FBI Most Wanted List'

FBI most wanted
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The brother of the Las Vegas attacker has told US media that their father had for a time been on the infamous FBI Most Wanted List.

Patrick Benjamin Paddock had been "diagnosed as psychopathic, has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies" and "reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous," according to the FBI bulletin from 1969.

'Carnage on a different scale'

James Cook

BBC's North America Correspondent, Las Vegas

People hug and cry
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The scenes which played out in this stunned city were at once frantically urgent and wearily familiar.

When gunfire rings out, Americans know the drill. Run.

They fled from a gunman who left a city in chaos.

For a time, Las Vegas looked and felt like a war zone. Hospitals were overwhelmed. There were not enough ambulances. A plea for blood donations echoed across the airwaves.

And now the mourning, the relief, the tears, the elation, the grief and a hundred other emotions are barely beginning.

Doctors are still battling to save lives.

For a Western democracy, the US has seen an astonishing amount of horror like this.

But even for this country what happened here is carnage on a different scale.

America's mass shooting disease now feels like a plague.

Worst mass shootings in US

Worst mass shootings in US since 1991
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Gun ownership in US - 1973-2016

Overall, gun ownership in the US has dropped since 1973, as the chart below illustrates.

Gun ownership in US in 1973-2016 - chart
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Gun stocks rise after the shooting

Guns on wall in gunshop
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Shares in gun companies rose between 1-2% in the first few minutes of trading on Monday, just hours after the Las Vegas massacre.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, told the BBC that shares in gun manufacturers tended to rise after events like these because "investors believe there will be a rush to purchase guns before new gun control regulations are put into place”.

Read more from the BBC's Paul Blake in Washington.

Long queues to donate blood

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Kathleen Sweeneyposted this photo of people queuing to donate blood.

She told the BBC: “I burst into tears. The line wrapped around the building.

“It is such an overwhelming feeling to see the Las Vegas community respond in such a positive way.

“I live around the corner, I was taking my kids to school when I took these photos. I'll be going this afternoon to donate.”

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Meanwhile,Jourdan Lasko said there was a "3-4 hour wait for giving blood".

He told the BBC: "The line started at about 20 to 30 people around 6:30 and is now up to over 200 people.

"I think the response is wonderful seeing so many local residents take time out of their day to help over such an awful situation. Food and water is being brought to this location by tons of people.”

'Cowardly despicable act'

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval describes the mass shooting as a "cowardly despicable act".

"It's unimaginable what people are going through now," he says, praising police, first responders and medics.

Flags fly at half-mast

Clark County, where the attack took place, shared an image of their flags at half-mast.

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How to help and find loved ones

The City of Las Vegas has shared this advice to those looking for loved ones.

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First victims identified by media

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Jordan McIldoon, 23, from British Columbia in Canada, has been identified as a victim of the attack by CBC News.

Meanwhile, Sonny Melton, of Big Sandy, Tennessee, has been named as another victim by The Jackson Sun newspaper.

In a Facebook post, his wife, Dr Heather Gulish Melton, said she “lost my true love and knight in shining armor. I appreciate the prayers but I just need some time.”

The authorities are yet to officially confirm the identities of any of the victims.

IS claim 'very unusual'

BBC Monitoring

The world through its media

BBC Monitoring's Mina al-Lami looks at the IS claim of responsibility.

IS’s claim of responsibility for the Las Vegas attack is very unusual in that the perpetrator's profile does not fit that of supporters or "soldiers" that the group has claimed in the past.

Unlike the mainly young men in previous claims of attacks in the West, the suspect is a 64-year-old white man, identified as Stephen Paddock.

Police say Mr Paddock killed himself as officers stormed his hotel room. If true, his suicide would be deemed wholly "un-Islamic".

Jihadist suicides involve the assailant blowing himself up in order to kill those around him.

Mr Paddock's anomalous background was not lost on IS, who rushed to explain that he had "converted to Islam a few months ago".

But the jihadist group has yet to offer any evidence to support this assertion, just as with many similar attacks in the West that the group has claimed seemingly opportunistically.

IS supporters online have already started sharing images of the unlikely "solider", hailing him as a martyr.

They are also trying to capitalise on Las Vegas to incite similar attacks, publishing a flurry of posts and posters calling for further violence.

Supporters are mentioning the Las Vegas shooting along with yesterday's fatal stabbings in the French city of Marseille, to say that Islamic State is still a potent force despite its setbacks in Syria and Iraq.

FBI: 'No connection' to IS

The FBI says the gunman has no connection to IS.

“We have determined at this point no connection to an international terrorist organisation,” they said.

Earlier today, the so-called Islamic State group released a statement through its news outlet saying it was behind the attack.

BreakingDeath toll increases

Police say the death toll is now 58, with 515 people injured.

Gun ownership on the decline

This graph shows the gradual decline in gun ownership in the US since 1973.

Graph shows the gradual decline in gun ownership in the US since 1973.
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