Mass shootings in the US

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Date  02/10/2017
 At least 59 people were killed when Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire into a crowd of about 22,000 at the outdoor festival, police said. More than 500 other people were wounded, they added.

Authorities believe Paddock killed himself before police entered his room.

In the aftermath,police told reporters that the gunman shot multiple rounds virtually uninterrupted.  Witnesses said they heard shots that appeared to be firecrackers, followed by what sounded like a machine gun. The intense gunfire caused many people to drop to the ground and scramble for cover amid chaos and confusion about where the shots were coming from.

"It sounded like it was coming from the sky above," Megan Kearney, who managed to escape the scene with her two sisters, told MSNBC.

What still isn`t known what kind of weapon Paddock used. Officials said that 23 weapons were recovered from his hotel room and that 19 more were found at his home  Cavanaugh said it likely was a submachine gun fired from a position very high up in the hotel that allowed the attacker to "rain down death," he said. A submachine gun is a handheld, magazine-fed weapon that fires more than one bullet with a single pull of the trigger.

Submachine guns previously had to be registered with ATF, but since 1986, a federal law prohibits their sale or transfer to civilians. They are available on the black market, however.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who also oversees the Las Vegas police, later characterized ammunition recovered from the scene as .308 caliber to .223 caliber. Such rounds are used in larger weapons.223-caliber rounds typically are associated with AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles, while .308-caliber rounds typically are associated with big-game hunting rifles.

On the state level, Nevada has fairly lax gun laws. No state permit is required to purchase or possess a rifle, shotgun or handgun. There is no gun registration, and state law doesn`t prohibit the open carrying of a firearm

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