By Eden Smith and Avery Snook
On October 1st 2017, the United States of America experienced the largest mass killing in its history. In Las Vegas, Nevada- a country music festival was taking place. As country music fans danced and sang, they had no idea that Stephen Paddock, 64, was waiting on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
As of October 9th, the Las Vegas Police have released information that the gunman had shot a hotel security guard six minutes before he started firing into the crowd. By the time it was over, Paddock had brutally murdered 58 people and injured 500 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a violent outbreak that began at 10:05 p.m. 22,000 people tried to flee the horrific seen. Investigators stated that Paddock stopped firing at the concert goers at 10:15 p.m., and the first police officers arrived on the floor at 10:17 p.m., although monumental damage had already been done. Paddock took his own life before they could get to him.
A young woman, Stephanie Melanson had brought her mother along to the music festival. As a result of this heartbreaking shooting, her mother now breathes through a ventilator and is hardly able to merely move her eyes around. Melanson describes the massacre and its aftermath as a, “long bad dream.” As she sits next to her mother’s hospital bed, Melanson says, “It’s hard to talk and not hear anything back.”
The aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting will last much longer than imaginable. Paddock is known as one of the deadliest mass shooters in modern US history. The loss of so many loved family members will ring through our country as this terrible attack haunts our nation.