1. What we know about the Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people overnight.
At least 58 people have died and more than 500 are injured after a lone gunman opened fire upon a Las Vegas music festival on Sunday night.
A 64-year-old man armed with more than 10 rifles rained down gunfire from a 32nd-floor window at the Mandalay Bay hotel. He was firing into a crowd of 22,000 at a Las Vegas country music festival.
On Monday, police identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, who lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada – about 145km northeast of Las Vegas. He had no police record or history of violence and reportedly killed himself as police stormed his hotel room.
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His girlfriend Marilou Danley is reportedly an Australia citizen and was named a person of interest following the attack.
Danley lived with Paddock in Nevada and multiple news outlets in Australia have reported she was a resident of the Gold Coast until she moved to the US about 20 years ago.
After sending out a request for Danley’s whereabouts, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a subsequent statement late on Monday that “detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip.”
It’s believed Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting.
Then, in an update on Tuesday morning, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Danley was still a “person of interest”. She is due to be interviewed when she returns to the US.
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The first victim of the attack to be identified is Tennessee nurse Sonny Melton. Speaking to Fox News, Melton’s wife Heather said he died trying to save her.