Update: Canadians among dead in Las Vegas shooting

10-02-2017 9:21 am

Two Canadians have been confirmed as among the more than 50 people killed in last night's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

In a report by The Toronto Star, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley confirmed Jessica Klymchuk as the second Canadian reported killed in the shooting; earlier in the day, the CBC reported that Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C., was also shot and killed. In addition, two Manitoba women are being treated in hospital after they were wounded in the incident, the CBC said.

A gunman opened fire on a crowd attending an open-air country music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 400 in what has been labelled the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

According to Reuters, the gunman has been identified by police as 64-year old Stephen Paddock, a resident of the area. He spent several minutes firing from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel just after 10 p.m. local time on Sunday, and was eventually shot dead by police.

Reporters on the scene heard from Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo that Paddock was not known to have been connected to a militant group. At least eight weapons, including several long rifles, were located in the gunman's room.

Two Las Vegas police officers were also injured during the shooting, with both being treated at a local hospital – one with minor injuries, and the other in a critical condition. Sheriff Lombardo also confirmed that two off-duty officers had been killed at the concert.

A reported 22,000 spectators were in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, which began on Friday.

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