One San Diego Firefighter Injured, Police Officers Safe After Gunman Opens Fire on Las Vegas Music Festival: PD

The officers were just several in a crowd of about 22,000 attending the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival

What to Know

  • SWAT officers using explosives stormed Stephen Craig Paddock's hotel room and found he had killed himself.
  • Faces of concertgoers who survived were brushed with shock and confusion, tears and screams
  • Pres. Trump tweeted: "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"

A firefighter with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department was injured at the country music festival in Las Vegas when a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd, a SDFD spokeswoman confirmed.

Seven off-duty San Diego Fire-Rescue Department firefighters were in Las Vegas, said spokeswoman Monica Munoz, though it is unclear whether they were at the concert.

"At this point, we believe they are safe but we will continue to gather information as to their status," Munoz said in a statement earlier Monday.

But, at least one firefighter sustained a minor injury as a result of the shooting incident, Munoz later told NBC 7.

About a dozen off-duty San Diego police officers were also at the concert, SDPD Officer Buttle said.

About 15 to 20 officers were at the event, Officer Delimitrios said, and all are safe. 

SDPD later confirmed Officer Thomas McGrath was among the officers at the concert.

According to a post on Instagram by McGrath's wife, he shielded her from bullets during the shooting before jumping in to help other victims.

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This photo was taken tonight moments before the worst mass shooting in American history took place. I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for each of these people's lives. Thank you for keeping us protected and unbelievably unharmed. Thank you for the brave men and women who stayed behind to help when everyone was running terrified for their lives. Thank you to the man who pulled me over the fence when my boot was stuck. Thank you to the girls who grabbed me and ran with me when they saw I'd been separated from my husband and friends. Thank you to the friends that came and got me from my place of refuge even when the shooter was still active. Thank you for the man who was willing to pile us in his car and drive us to safety. Thank you for all the brave officers who responded to the scene after the terror took place, and for the paramedics who saved lives tonight. Thank you for the bravery and tactical skill of the Las Vegas Police who found the shooter quickly and took him down. Thank you for the nurses and doctors currently still working on the victims. Above all thank you for my brave husband who used his own body to shield me and others from bullets as those next to us were shot. When we were separated and he realized he could no longer protect me he stayed behind to hold pressure on gunshot wounds and carry people to trucks for departure to hospitals. He and all the other off duty officers, military personal, and anyone else in the venue and out who helped save a life tonight are the true heroes. I already do and will continue to thank God he brought this man into my life. We made it. We are safe. We will walk away from this tragedy and live to die another day. It pains me so much to see so many not as fortunate as us. If you get the chance today I urge you to thank an officer. I know I will hold mine a lot closer today and forever 💙 #thinbluefamily #ilovemyofficer #prayforlasvegas #prayfortheworld #rt91harvest

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The officers were just several in a crowd of about 22,000 attending the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival. The concert took place near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Nearby, on the 32nd floor of the hotel, a gunman opened fire from above, firing rounds of bullets into the crowd below, killing at least 58 as tens of thousands of concertgoers ran for their lives. More than 500 victims were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

The gunman was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.

The winter storm that walloped the Midwest over the weekend made its way east Monday, hitting Washington, D.C., but sparing New York City.

SWAT officers using explosives stormed the gunman's hotel room and found he had killed himself, authorities said. There were about 10 rifles in the room.

There was no immediate word on the motive for the attack. The U.S. Homeland Security Department said there was no "specific credible threat" involving other public venues in the U.S.

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, police said.

Several officers from California were attending the music festival. One from Bakersfield was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, that department said.

Before Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in June 2016, when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people

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.

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