Corey Feldman claims he was almost “run down by two trucks” after confirming plans to bring to light the full extent of Hollywood child abuse.
Former child actor Corey Feldman has been mentioned several times on Vigilant Citizen because he’s been, for years, the most vocal denunciator of child abuse in Hollywood. While he always claimed that several high-powered Hollywood executives are part of a child abuse ring (and that one of them raped his co-star Corey Haim at age 11) Feldman never released any names.
Probably energized by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Feldman recently released plans to expose Hollywood abuse with by directing, producing and self-distributing the “most honest and true depiction of child abuse ever portrayed.” Feldman said on Twitter:
“Right off the bat I can name six names, one of them who’s still very powerful today.”
He also said he can show a link between paedophilia and one of the major studios.
Feldman also started an Indiegogo campaign for $10 million to be used to fund the film, a legal team, and security for himself and his family. Feldman’s wife, Courtney, suggests the money is to ensure their safety after certain events have left him paranoid he’s being targeted.
On October 19th, Feldman tweeted:
“For the record: I will not be going on a talk show to disclose names of my abuser or anyone else’s abusers. So please stop asking me to do so. Also let me add, this is not about fear of being sued! Yes that’s a real possibility but the bigger reason is safety for my family.”
Since Feldman launch his Truth Campaign, Feldman claims that he’s being targeted and his life is being threatened. On October 23rd, he was arrested on a marijuana charge in Louisiana after his tour bus was pulled over for speeding. Feldman believes that the arrest was a shakedown in response to his campaign.
Mangham Police say officers pulled over Feldman’s tour bus for speeding when they found Feldman was driving with a suspended license.
Police say they searched the bus and found marijuana and prescription pills. Feldman was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding, and driving with a suspended license. He was able to pay a fine and was released.
On his Twitter page, Feldman said he had nothing on him but was charged because the tour bus is in his name. He said the marijuana was a member of the crew’s, who has a legal California prescription. He also claimed the pills were legal, and officers promised to drop the charges if he could provide proof of prescription.
He claimed the traffic stop was “a bit of a good ol shakedown,” and that officers asked for pictures and autographs after he paid the fine in cash.
– KNOE8, Police release details in Coery Feldman traffic stop
He adds that several members quit his band because they were fearing for their lives, wondering if “someone got to them”.
Finally, Feldman said that he had a “near death experience” when two trucks nearly ran him down.
Will Feldman ever actually spill the beans and expose the system. Feldman says in his video:
“It’s not easy. I’ve been degraded at great levels. Rumours have been told, stories have been made up about me… all because they fear what I know. Justice will be served. Because this is about good and evil.”
A while back ago I spoke in great pain on how I’m losing friends fighting racism. I talked about how one can have friends (white) who will invite you (black person) to a Christmas dinner, but will engage in vehicular manslaughter when it comes to Black Lives Matter protesters. What I didn’t really discuss was this radicalization process among the white community in America which makes such violent ideas possible.
Radicalization? You probably never really took a look at it. You’re probably wondering what am I talking about. Radicalization? What radicalization?
The put this into perspective, I do a lot of political/protest rallies as a street photographer. Out of the thousands of photos I’ve ever taken, I never seen anything like this in a political rally before in my life. The crazy thing about this photo is the fact that it was difficult to get anything like this. You see, the photography is tightly controlled in a Trump rally. They are NOT media friendly. The bigger take away here is the fact that this is is categorically odd to capture at a political rally.
As Donald Trump continued to validate the claims of white supremacists, Americanized Nazis, and other racists, I always think of this photo. When Richard Spencer held an Americanized Nazi rally in Washington D.C. and mainstream (whitestream?) media attempted to romanticize the alt-right, I thought of this photo.
I think of this photo a lot. As a black abolitionist, I never really stop to think about what does white supremacist ideologies and propaganda feels like to a white person. When it comes to that question this photo says plenty.
Sure, to a black person this level of pride is sick and disgusting. But to a white person, all of this — white supremacy, white privilege, white defaultness — is simply, the way. All of this is simply the waythings are. While these things are largely invisible in (white) American society, these things are in fact known and understood.
What takes place is a caste system within a society. Currently, America is NOT one reality for all. You cannot argue that we live in an equal society if a police officer can murder me and attempt to place false evidence by my body, and not be convicted.
White Radicalization is a Reality
With an intricate collective of white supremacist websites, blogs, message board forums and conservative pundits, glued together with conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns (which guides stupid whites into kinetic action), we are now facing a moment in modern history where white people are now becoming radicalized into white supremacy at an alarming rate. Where a man named Barry Goldwater campaigned as a blatant white supremacist and failed, Donald Trump did the same and succeeded. Nazis think they can wear suits and nice haircuts and do Nazi salutes downtown Washington D.C.
Some of the friends I’ve lost, the white ones, now dance with the devil when it comes to the white radicalization process. I’ve noticed this when Obama was in office. One white male I’ve known for the Army years had a friend call me an Obama lover, which contextually sounds like nigger lover. Honestly, the guy is so stupid it’s not a serious loss. Other white friends ROUTINELY share racist, bigoted propaganda on social media, with them actually taking refuge in racism, saying things with a false sense of shielding sarcasm, like:
“…but that would make me racist huh?”
“I’m gonna have to be racist…”
If you were to look at the social media accounts of these radicalized white men, you’d think that American police forces are infallible, devoid of corruption — but federal (non-conservative) politicians are full of lies and deception. The list could go on.
America will talk all day about radical Islam and radical black speakers and writers. No one ever thinks to talk about white radicalization, which is a unique danger we’ve seen on this planet before.
Anyway, I do believe that there should be a discussion on this white radicalization process taking place. That conversation will have to be brutally honest. If this discussion doesn’t take place, feel free to catch up on fascism, because it’s what follows next.
Vegas cops change their story: Paddock shot security guard BEFORE mass shooting: huge new can of worms Oct 10 by Jon Rappoport
LA Times: “Police said Paddock fired 200 rounds into the hallway” wounding a hotel security guard.
by Jon Rappoport
October 10, 2017
LA Times, October 9: “Police have dramatically changed their account of how the Las Vegas massacre began on Oct. 1, revealing Monday that the gunman shot a hotel security guard [in the leg through the closed door of his hotel room] six minutes before opening fire on a country music concert — raising new questions about why police weren’t able to pinpoint the gunman’s location sooner.”
The previous police story was: Paddock shot security guard Campos after he finished firing on the concert crowd.
The LA Times focuses on how this new information changes the timeline of events—in particular, the addition of minutes before police arrived at Paddock’s door.
Really? That’s the takeaway?
There is a far more serious question. Why did Paddock shoot the security guard through his hotel room door, with 200 rounds of ammunition (according to police), BEFORE starting to fire on the concert crowd?
Whether or not Paddock was using a silenced weapon to shoot the security guard, didn’t he think 200 rounds through a door might possibly alert people in the hotel to what he was about to do—kill people at the concert?
Security guard Campos, according to the Times, was on Paddock’s 32nd floor to check on an alert about another guest’s room door having being left open. Campos wasn’t there to check on Paddock. There is no indication Paddock was suspected of anything.
The new Vegas police sequence of events now goes this way: Paddock is in his room preparing to slaughter people at the concert; security guard Campos comes to the 32nd floor to check on a report of another guest’s door having been left open; Paddock sees Campos out in the hallway outside his door (using a camera Paddock had installed); Paddock fires 200 rounds through his door and hits Campos in the leg; leaving Campos there, Paddock then WAITS SIX MINUTES and begins firing through his broken window(s) at the concert crowd.
Perhaps the police will change their story yet again. Paddock didn’t fire 200 rounds through his door. He stepped out into the hallway and wounded Campos with one shot using a silenced handgun. He then left Campos there, went back into his room, waited six minutes, and then started firing on the concert crowd.
Or, after wounding Campos with one bullet, he paid Campos with a pile of casino chips and told him to wait in the hallway and say nothing to anyone for a half-hour.
Or he bound and gagged Campos after shooting him in the leg and stuffed him into a laundry closet in the hallway.
Or, the most popular tactic in these untenable and absurd stories: “Obviously, Paddock was crazy. There is no way to account for all his actions. We may never know why he did what he did.”
That usually works with the public. The police or the FBI paint themselves into a corner trying to hide the truth. They realize their latest version of events makes no sense. So they invoke the time-honored “we may never know” explanation.
If some reporter wakes up from his stupor and resists going along with the story, he’ll probably hear: “Yes, we’re looking into that. But we have no further comment at this time.”
Or most likely, any time.
Here is a reasonable assessment: since very early on, police had decided on this story: Paddock was the shooter; he was the only shooter; he wounded the security guard after he finished firing on the concert crowd.
But the fact that the security guard was wounded BEFORE the concert shooting was leaking out. People in Las Vegas knew about it. So the cops (or the FBI) decided they had to get out ahead of the leak, if possible. It would be better to change their story than wait and end up with egg on their faces.
And so far, it looks like they made a smart move. Because how many media outlets are pointing out how crazy the new story is?
Most importantly, how many other egregious lies are sitting under the previous security-guard lie? How many other devious twists and turns in the true tale are being hidden?
“The Elephant in the Room, Las Vegas Event: 10-01-2017”
My videos are typically created out of inspiration that motivates me to express my thoughts and views in a certain way. While I had intended to make this presentation based on several videos and links to articles that I had viewed surrounding this subject, it wasn’t until today that I actually was inspired to present my thoughts on this event in the way you will see laid out here.
All too often when these events happen folks get caught up in the details, pitting one detail against the other, assuming they are correct about the whole picture while glaringly staring at one branch on the tree.
My experience has taught me, to always go to the root of the situation issue or concern. Analyze it from deep within and then make connections on your way out.
My first reaction to this most recent event in Las Vegas was the proverbial.. Bullshit! Then I watched a ton of videos read even more articles, and I will post the links to all of them in the blog. The link to the blog is in the description below.
There is also the need in these type of situations to pull all the evidence together into one whole picture. The western mind tends to think linearly, and decide it is either this way or that way. When in actuality, it is typically all of the above in most cases. If we take a moment to see how almost all scenarios could have taken place, we can see a much broader agenda and the purpose of it, rather than focusing on one agenda and running with that. We have to be ever aware that the entities who run the world, are not limited to one agenda, purpose or even narrative. It is very strategic and it understands that as situations contain their own variables, the narrative has to change with each situation or point of view or perspective.
The first thing folks say is it’s about gun control, however, they fail to realize that if it were truly about gun control, all the government would have to do is round up all the guns. Instead, these events cause more folks to buy more guns and the guns and ammunition fly off the shelves within hours or days after these events.
Confusion mounts surrounding the details of the events, which is exactly why the details tend to contradict each other. Multiple stories serve the purpose of keeping the masses chasing its tail, each one trying to be the one to solve the mystery and have the one answer that fits all. They just don’t realize that it’s all of the above.
Meanwhile, distrust is fomented between all parties for or against the narrative. No one knows what to believe, and those who are fervent about their positions are willing to fight tooth and nail to have their position be the last word on it. But they are still looking at it in a linear fashion, and the people who plan these events know full well that everything is a circle.
Fear, is the most immediate outcome of these events, but it is not the main goal. Shaking up the masses can be done with a scary movie of end times or the grid being blasted by solar flares. The masses have been terrorized for so long that it is no longer gain worthy to keep that scenario going. And nowadays with Conspiracy sleuths on the case, before long the entire story unravels. Which just gives them even more incentive to create a new one.
Before long another Distraction is produced to give the MSM more fodder for their “fake news” which has been “fake” for decades and exposed as such for just as long. However to hear government officials parrot the line of fake news seems to make it more believable, and remember, Obama spoke in Germany about fake news, long before they gave that “meme” to Trump. And Hillary blasted the Alt-Right in some of her campaign speeches. The agenda was in the works long before “Trump” came into office, but he makes the perfect fall guy for the agenda.
The Alternative Media scrambles to pull the pieces together as well, but since it too has the linear way of looking at things, the alternative perspectives get into the battle field of wanting to prove their point is more relevant than the other.
I typically do not even watch MSM news, but nowadays, YouTube has the long list of them in my suggested videos, I actually have to take the time to find alternative points of view and they are becoming more and more like needles in a haystack. I can barely find some of my favorites so I know that my subscribers will have just as difficult of a time finding mine.
Again I say, the alternative news has to use a broader brush, even broader than they are now using and realize, it’s all of the above.
The Civil War in this country was fomented by folks who sponsored both sides, that is what a Civil War really is about. There are bad guys and good guys on both sides. But to have a Civil War, both sides have to be armed and extremely dangerous. In order to do so, and especially if the manufacturers have no sides, they are armed with the same weapons. In other words, they are shooting and killing each other with weapons provided by the same manufacturers. The color of money does not change.
Folks may appear to be fighting for the “greater good” but that greater good is only in the eyes of the beholder. And if money is good and control is good, well by any means necessary even if it involves complicity and collusion.
When we fully examine the Divide & Conquer strategy we get a bit closer to what this Las Vegas and many other conflicts around the world are about. If you destabilize the masses among themselves, they will be so overwhelmed by confusion and thinking linearly, they feel they have to “pick a side” they will totally miss the point that they are being divided. For centuries in human history, this has been the underlying agenda for control and dominance. Political parties, identity politics, religion and sexual preferences are simply smoke screens for the real agenda, and that is to keep the masses squabbling over the crumbs while the entities in charge get the lion share of the whole pie.
Even with the issue of Puerto Rico disruption of distribution of supplies. San Juan Mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, is supported by Hillary Clinton, Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello Supported by Trump. Divide and conquer leads once again to destabilization and the masses hurt and confused, don’t know which way to go. It is so dangerous and truly an opportune time for the government to get even more control via the auspices of “humanitarian efforts”.
I can’t help but notice the many similarities between these so-called “staged” events and the so-called perpetrators who are responsible for them and for the most part deceased and therefore cannot defend themselves. But those who have made it to a court of law are obviously compromise in some way and in some instances, are not even the ones whom the MSM claimed were the original perpetrators. But it is very interesting and quite a tell-tale sign when the similarities are lined up. In fact, I was kind of tickled when I saw the connection between just these two, Stephen Paddock and Steve Stephens. Beyond the name, did we get the whole disgruntled gambler in there? Mr. Paddock allegedly killed a bunch of innocents and Steve Stephens killed a kindly old man. The outrage is enough to certainly steer the sights of the masses from the real culprit. Correct?
Then we have a tie in with Adam Lanza. How could such an old man, seemingly a bit of a boozer, have the strength and know how to kill so many folks and from such a distance and with such high power weaponry? Comparing that to the story of Adam Lanza, a quiet withdrawn young man barely over 120 lbs being able to wield such high powered weaponry as well, and of course, they both had to be mentally unbalanced. If you ask me, it’s the script writer who needs mental health assistance along with the folks who believe this. It is unfortunate that folks become so distracted that they can’t see “the forest for the trees.”
The largest mass shooting in American History. Personally, they said this about what happened at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, but they tend to forget a couple of other events.. Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because They Don’t Count Black Lives. The link to the events recounted in the historical record is in the blog post below as well. Today, it is needed to continue the blame game and keep the natives restless as they rewrite history for the umteenth time. The MSM shudders at alternative news outlets calling them “fake news” while they are knee deep in propaganda.
The Irony More Gun Control for Civilians/More Militarization of the Police
is very striking as an outcome for these situations. Unless Mr. Paddock was an octopus, how would one man shoot or need to have available 42 guns?
So let’s look at the big Elephant in the room. The idea that gun control will stop gun violence is quite laughable. Even with the law stating……..
It is quite apparent that if anyone in the Shadow Government wants to create a scenario of terror they will simply find a patsy and give him all the guns “he” or “they” need to pull it off. It really doesn’t matter how many gun laws are enacted. They can all be ignored, circumvented or colluded with. And who has access to these weapons?
THE BIG ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
As long as the big Elephant in the room has access to these weapons, no amount of gun laws, codes, regulations, etc, will keep those guns out of the hands of those who will terrorize the masses with them. The US government is one of the biggest if not the biggest gun salesman in the world, and they have destabilized countries to prove it.
The US is notorious for selling and giving guns to so-called rebels/terrorists in conflicts as well as arming the prevailing governments against the so-called rebels/terrorist. They sell their weapons to both sides of the conflict. Gun manufacturers know exactly who they are selling these high powered automatic weapons to, US governmental agencies with the authority to purchase them.
What they do with them after purchasing them can be seen in these mass shootings where people who are seemingly in capable of tying their shoes without falling over are performing feats like super soldiers. And the baby elephant in the room? Who are these super soldiers? And who trains them?
We can scrap back and forth for days and days, watch a ton of videos and read another ton of articles, but the bottom line is, only the US government and its many intelligent and law enforcement agencies can pull off these events as they have full and unfettered access to all the resources needed to make it happen. As we squabble among ourselves as to what the real narrative is about these attacks, they are planning the next one. In essence even the attack itself, is a distraction from the real deal.
As the narrative quickly formed into one of a “lone wolf” old man who somehow managed to cart 23 rifles up to the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino hotel room without nary a photo or security image of him doing so, many balked. But one Australian man knows what he saw, and he saw “multiple gunmen.” More than one gunman
An Australian man who was staying in the room next to the shooter in the Mandalay Bay has confirmed he witnessed multiple gunmen involved in the Las Vegas attack. “There were multiple people dead and multiple shooters. I was just hiding waiting for police to come get us. I got outside safely and was hiding in bushes,” Brian Hodge told Australia’s Courier-Mail. Hodge, who was staying in room 32134, right next door to Stephen Paddock in room 32135, also provided important information when he revealed that a security guard was killed by police. “My floor is a crime scene. They killed a security guard on my floor.”
Witness Wendy Miller, also from Australia, said she too, saw a security guard being chased. She was staying at the Luxor Hotel (next to the Mandalay Bay) with her husband. But they had been at a bar in the Mandalay Bay when she saw what she described as a “man of interest” run by. “We managed to make our way back to our room…” she told The Courier-Mail. “We are in lockdown. Our door is deadlocked and a chair against the door.” Miller said she saw the man sprint through the hotel after coming off an escalator from the Mandalay Bay. “The man that they [security] were chasing was wearing a security jacket like them,” she said.
Many eyewitness reports that don’t match the carefully crafted narrative that is being regurgitated and that we are expected to believe are also being silenced.
Information is being heavily censored on YouTube. Why would police shoot or even chase a security guard? For likely the same reasons that YouTube keeps taking down video evidence of a shooter firing from the fourth floor, substantially and obviously lower than the 32nd floor. The narrative is falling apart.
A screenshot, taken by SHTFPlan, showing one of
the many fourth-floor shooter videos being removed from YouTube.
Watch the video below while you can, as it’s hard to say how long it will be available.
Many reports and eyewitness accounts of people saying they saw more than one shooter are being removed from websites like YouTube. When censorship begins, we know there’s something out there that we aren’t supposed to see. We are supposed to believe the media and obey the government because of this tragedy. “Never let a crisis go to waste,” said Rahm Emmanuel, Barack Obama’s senior advisor.
The media and the government are definitely covering up some of the obvious information. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the story we are being told doesn’t fit. And the more they the powers that be try to explain, the less plausible it all sounds.
News reporters and anchors have repeatedly referred to the recent tragedy in Las Vegas as the “worst mass shooting in U.S. history.” Like all things that are constantly repeated, the proclamation has become fact.
In 2013 a report by the Congressional Research Service defined a public mass shooting (pdf) this way:
incidents occurring in relatively public places, involving four or more deaths—not including the shooter(s)—and gunmen who select victims somewhat indiscriminately. The violence in these cases is not a means to an end such as robbery or terrorism.
So, according to that broad definition, we wondered: Is 64-year-old Stephen Paddock the worst mass shooter in the long history of America? Does the Las Vegas incident qualify as the “deadliest” mass-shooting incident?
He is right. The nearsightedness of America’s historical vision is not only hyperbolic, but that vision often has a blind spot when it comes to people of color. There are countless incidents in which black and brown people were killed in incidents far worse than what happened in Vegas. Here are some of them:
The Bombing of Black Wall Street
On June 1, 1921, white rioters looted and burned the black area of Tulsa, Okla., known as Black Wall Street. Angry at the economic success of blacks in the area (the area became known as “Black Wall Street” because of the number of successful businesses and wealthy black inhabitants), white Tulsans accused a black man of raping a girl and attacked the area.
While white citizens used dynamite and planes to bomb the city, leaving more than 8,000 people homeless, eyewitness accounts charge that the vast majority of the people killed (estimates range from 80 to 300) died because the city’s law-enforcement officers deputized every able-bodied white man and handed out weapons from the city’s armory.
Shortly after the fighting had broken out at the courthouse, a large number of whites – many of whom had only a little while earlier been members of the would-be lynch mob — gathered outside of police headquarters on Second Street. There, perhaps as many as five-hundred white men and boys were sworn-in by police officers as “Special Deputies.” Some were provided with badges or ribbons indicating their new status. Many, it appears, also were given specific instructions. According to Laurel G. Buck, a white bricklayer who was sworn-in as one of these ‘Special Deputies”, a police officer bluntly told him to “Get a gun and get a nigger.”
Shortly thereafter, whites began breaking into downtown sporting goods stores, pawnshops, and hardware stores, stealing — or “borrowing” as some would later claim — guns and ammunition … a Tulsa police officer helped to dole out the guns that were taken from his store.
More bloodshed soon followed, as whites began gunning down any African Americans that they discovered downtown.
In the mid-1800s, Charles Stone and Andre Kelsey began enslaving the Native American Pomo of Clearlake, Calif. They forced the Pomo to bring them their daughters for sexual pleasure. They killed the Pomo for trying to escape. They only “paid them” 4 cups of wheat per day. One day, two of the Pomo, Shuk and Xasis, went to look for more food, borrowing Stone and Kelsey’s horses. When it became apparent that they wouldn’t find food, the men knew that Stone and Kelsey would kill them if they found out that they had used their horses, so they killed Stone and Kelsey instead.
Capt. Nathaniel Lyon was searching for the men to punish them and brought soldiers and white civilians. When they found members of the Pomo tribe hiding on Bloody Island, near Clearlake, they slaughtered 60 of the island’s 400 inhabitants. On their way back, they killed another 75 on the Russia River for good measure.
Lyon was never disciplined.
On April 13, 1873, black people in Colfax, La., began gathering at the courthouse and digging trenches. They were afraid that whites, disgruntled by Republican rule and a court decision that allowed blacks to vote, were about to attack. A civilian militia of angry white men surrounded the courthouse and convinced the blacks to hand in their weapons and surrender. The black citizens complied.
And that’s when the massacre started.
As many as 40 times more blacks were killed than whites. They invaded the courthouse and killed unarmed men. They hunted down women and children trying to hide in the surrounding woods. They dumped bodies in the river. They took 50 prisoners but later summarily killed them one by one. Historian Eric Foner called it “the bloodiest single instance of racial carnage in the Reconstruction era … ”
At least 150 black citizens were killed. Three white men died. No one was ever convicted of a crime.
In 1887 nearly 100,000 black sugar-plantation workers in Thibodaux, La., decided to protest their unfair treatment, low wages and the holding of workers’ wages until the end of the season, forcing them into a kind of indentured servitude.
In response, Judge Taylor Beattie, who owned a sugar plantation, declared martial law and paid a 300-man private militia to keep the peace. The militia ordered every black person in the city to show a pass or leave. The blacks who didn’t were rounded up with their families and executed. In all, between 35 and 100 blacks were killed. The count is not official because some bodies were burned.
No one was ever … do I have to keep saying this?
The Elaine Massacre
In 1919, black sharecroppers gathered outside of Elaine, Ark., to listen to Robert L. Hill explain how sharecropping was unfair and to advocate for voting rights. The meeting was guarded by Union troops, but when white men showed up at the meeting, shots were exchanged. The sheriff then called for a posse to find the people responsible.
Five hundred to 1,000 white men rushed in from across the country to hunt down the killers and quell the “Negro insurrection.” When it was over, 237 black people were dead. Then all-white juries charged and sentenced 12 blacks to death. Another 36 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and 67 were convicted of other crimes.
The mass deaths at Philadelphia’s MOVE headquarters in 1985 don’t make the list because law-enforcement officers bombed the men, women and children living there. And the time whites nearly wiped out the Wiyot Native American tribe in 1860 doesn’t belong on this list because the Wiyot were killed with knives and hatchets as well as guns.
While all loss of life is tragic, on the scale of white people killing people of color, Paddock wouldn’t even make the all-star team. But, like all mediocre white guys, regardless of historical facts, he will be thought of as “great.”
At least 50 Killed as Gunman Opens Fire at Las Vegas Concert
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 as tens of thousands of frantic concert-goers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman opened fire across the street from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. SWAT teams quickly descended on the concert and the casino, and officers used explosives to get into the hotel room where the suspect was inside, authorities said. The gunman died at the scene and was identified by Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo as Stephen Paddock, 64. A motive was not immediately known.
Aldean was in the middle of a song when the shots came rapidly: Pop-pop-pop-pop. Video of the shooting then showed Aldean stopping and the crowd getting quiet as if they were unsure of what had just happened. The gunman paused and then fired another volley of muzzle flashes from the gold glass casino as more victims fell to the ground while others fled in panic. Some said they hid behind concession stands and other crawled under parked cars.
Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said the music stopped temporarily when the first shots began and the tune even started up again before the second round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.
“It was the craziest stuff I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Yazzie said. “You could hear that the noise was coming from west of us, from Mandalay Bay. You could see a flash- flash- flash- flash.”
Thousands in the crowd fled as the bullets ran rampant. Monique Dumas from British Columbia, Canada, said she was at the concert, six rows from the stage when she thought she heard a bottle breaking, and then a burst of popping sounds that may have been fireworks. She said as she made her way out, it was “organized chaos” as everyone fled. “It took four to five minutes and all that time there was gunfire.”
In addition to Paddock, police said they located a woman who may have been his roommate — Marilou Danley, 62. Lombardo said they believe this was a “lone wolf” attack.
“It’s a devastating time,” Lombardo said.
Police shut down the usually busy Las Vegas Boulevard and authorities across the state and federal ranks converged onto the scene as dozens of ambulances ferried those struck by gunfire. Nearby Interstate 15 and flights at McCarran International Airport were briefly closed. Hospital emergency rooms were jammed with victims delivered by ambulance. Others loaded the wounded into their cars and drove them to hospitals.
Jose Baggett, 31, of Las Vegas, said he and a friend were in the lobby of the Luxor hotel-casino — directly north of the festival — when people began to run, almost like in a stampede. He said people were crying and as he and his friend started walking away minutes later, they encountered police checkpoints where officers were carrying shotguns and assault rifles.
“There were armored personnel vehicles, SWAT vehicles, ambulances, and at least a half-mile of police cars,” Baggett said.
Among those killed were two off-duty police officers who were attending the concert. Two on-duty officers were wounded, including one who underwent surgery and was upgraded to stable condition early Monday, police said.
Hours after the shooting, Aldean posted on Instagram that he and his crew were safe and said the shooting was “beyond horrific.”
“It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night,” Aldean said.
President Donald Trump extended condolences to the victims and their families.
In a tweet Monday, Trump offered “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was “briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Sanders said that “we are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials. All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers.”
The shooting at the sold-out Route 91 Harvest festival was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Forty-nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.
Sunday’s shooting came more than four months after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. Almost 90 people were killed by gunmen inspired by Islamic State at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris during a performance by Eagles of Death Metal in November 2015.