A gunman opened fire on an open-air music festival on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night, killing at least 58 and injuring more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The horrific incident that unfolded Sunday night was the most recent of a series of mass shootings in the United States. The 2016 massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando claimed 49 lives, and a 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killed 20 children and six adults.
Texas and San Antonio also have been the site of mass killings, including the ambush shooting that killed five Dallas police officers in July 2016. The map below shows the locations of mass killings in Texas.
In 1979, Ira Attebury opened fire from inside his recreational vehicle during the Battle of Flowers Parade near downtown San Antonio, killing two and injuring 51. In 1966, University of Texas at Austin student Charles Whitman ascended the university’s iconic bell tower and opened fire on the campus below. Seventeen people, including Whitman, lost their lives on Aug. 1, 1966; an 18th victim died in 2001 from related injuries and 31 were injured in the massacre.
Officials on Monday identified the Las Vegas gunman as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who unleashed a barrage of gunfire into the crowd of 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
SWAT teams stormed the upper levels of the Mandalay Bay hotel and discovered “in excess of 10 rifles,” Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. Police said Paddock killed himself prior to law enforcement entering the hotel room.
“Nothing fills the void when so many beautiful lives are silenced by another mass shooting in America,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a Monday morning tweet. “We pray for the lost. Then we must act.”
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