A hotel and condo complex at Las Vegas’ famed Las Vegas Boulevard hotel are among at least seven locations around the country where the shooting that killed at least 58 people has taken place, and a second location in Florida is still under lockdown.
The gunman, Stephen Paddock, fired more than 500 rounds from his 32nd-floor suite at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing himself and injuring more than 5,000 people.
On Monday, officials said he was using the hotel as a storage and staging area for his weapons and explosives.
President Donald Trump’s spokesman, Hope Hicks, said the gunman was a former employee of the hotel and had been working there since the 1980s.
She also said the hotel’s employees were in a “state of shock.”
“We are still on to the ground and trying to gather information on this horrific event,” Hicks said.
She did not give a timeline on when it might be time to reopen the hotel.
A spokeswoman for MGM Resorts International declined to comment on the investigation.
The FBI has opened an investigation into the shooting.
The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Las Vegas is among several locations in the U.S. where gunfire has occurred.
(Michael Short/Associated Press) The hotel and its adjoining condominiums, including the luxury Bay Lake Resort and Spa, were evacuated on Monday.
The resort, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip, is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with its restaurants, shops, nightlife and music venues.
Trump has frequently boasted about his use of his hotel as an escape and an escape route.
His critics, including former President Barack Obama, have called his resort a symbol of white supremacy and a breeding ground for the spread of terrorism.
The Las Vegas gunman was also reportedly armed with a rifle and a handgun, and authorities believe the attack was planned by someone connected to the Islamic State group, which has carried out dozens of deadly attacks in Europe and the United States.
The Las Vegas shooter, who was also known as “the voice of reason” on the phone and on social media, was also believed to have been radicalized by Islamic State propaganda and had a “very active” Facebook page, officials told NBC News.
Trump tweeted Sunday that he had spoken with his wife, Marla Maples, about her husband’s shooting, and she was “wonderful person.”
He later tweeted, “Just had a conversation with Marla, and it was just so touching, I just can’t believe it’s happening to the country.
I am praying for the families of all the victims and the whole world.
I love you all very much.”
More than 600 people have been killed in a string of mass shootings in the United Kingdom and France in the past two weeks, many of them in crowded, crowded public places, including restaurants, shopping malls, concerts and other popular tourist attractions.
The deadliest attack occurred in Paris on March 22, when a gunman opened fire on a crowded concert venue, killing 129 people, including 86 children, and injuring around 800 others.
The shooting left many tourists and staff traumatized.