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59 dead, 527 injured after shooting at Las Vegas concert; suspected shooter identified

LAS VEGAS -- Nearly sixty people have died from gunshot wounds and at least another 527 are injured after an early morning shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a new release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

LVMPD Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters that police responded to reports of shots being fired from the Mandalay Bay towards the concert.

"We determined there was a shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay," Lombardo said. Officers engaged the suspect, whom Lombardo described as a "local resident." He said that the shooter, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It's too early to give an accurate estimate of the number of the dead and wounded, but two off-duty Bakersfield Police Department officers were among them. They were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

Police believe they have found a woman named Marilou Danley who was traveling with the suspect, Lombardo said.

Eyewitness Bryan Heifner spoke to CNN from a room in a hotel across from the Mandalay Bay, which he said he could see from his window.

"Mostly I heard the shots, just so many shots -- I just thought it was a semi braking with the air brakes, but then I went downstairs and saw people running and looking for family," he said.

"I immediately went back to my room, locked the door, turned the lights off."

Concertgoers describe shooting

CNN spoke to three people who were attending the concert at the Las Vegas Village outdoor arena when gunfire broke out, causing them to flee. They described hearing the sound of gunfire while Jason Aldean was performing.

"We were close to the stages -- about six rows from the front on the left-hand side and he was just performing," Rachel Derkef said.

"People went down on the Mandalay side of the stage," Joe Pitzel said. "I don't know if people were ducking or if people were hit."

Derkef filmed her escape from the venue using her cell phone, starting just after the first shots were fired.

She described ongoing gunfire and played out the video she had recorded during which more than five minutes of gunfire were intermittently audible.

"The gunshots lasted for 10-15 minutes. It didn't stop," she said. "We just ran for our lives."

'Go, go, go, go'

Derkef's sister, Monique Dumas, said that everyone instantly crouched when they heard the shots.

"The band was rushed off the stage, the floodlights came on the crowd, and you see on the right hand of the stage the person who was injured, so they're calling for medics, calling for security, then there was gunfire again," Dumas said.

"It seemed there was a pause in the gunfire and the people in the yellow shirts were telling the people to 'go, go, go, go' ... the gunfire never ended, it seemed like it went on and on and on," she said.

A concertgoer told CNN affiliate KLAS that everybody was lying on top of each other trying to get out of the shooter's way.

"Everybody's hiding everywhere, they're hiding under the bleachers and the stanchions, anywhere they could and everyone is telling us to 'run, run as fast as you can,'" she told the news station. "And my husband and I ran out toward our car and there were people hiding underneath my car for cover and there was a gentleman who was shot and he said, 'can you help me?' and so I put him in my car and I had like six people in my car, people without shoes, running, just to get away."

'Sounded like firecrackers'

Eyewitness Bryan Heifner spoke to CNN from a room in a hotel across from the Mandalay Bay, which he said he could see from his window.

"Mostly I heard the shots, just so many shots -- I just thought it was a semi braking with the air brakes, but then I went downstairs and saw people running and looking for family," he said.

"I immediately went back to my room, locked the door, turned the lights off."

Another witness told CNN affiliate KSNV that the shooting sounded like firecrackers at first.

"It didn't sound normal, it sounded like machine guns and it was like several rounds, it was like hundreds of rounds," she told the news station.

"My boyfriend had me move behind a building here because it just didn't sound right," she told KSNV. "And then we hid behind a building and we could just hear hundreds of rounds going off and then about 10 minutes later the police came and just blocked off all the streets."

She said she was about a block from the Harvest 91 Festival.

The Mayor of Las Vegas tweeted: "Pray for Las Vegas. Thank you to all our first responders out there now."