Las Vegas shooting: McCarran International Airport halts all flights after attack

Flights in and out of McCarran International Airport have been temporarily suspended

Helen Coffey
Monday 02 October 2017 09:38 BST
Flights to and from McCarran Airport were temporarily suspended
Flights to and from McCarran Airport were temporarily suspended (Getty Images)

Following a mass shooting near Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay casino that has reportedly left two dead and at least 24 injured, McCarran International Airport suspended all flights.

The airport tweeted the following: “UPDATE: Flights in and out of @LASairport have been temporarily halted in response to reported shooting incident on Las Vegas Strip.”

It first advised passengers that delays were expected and that some flights would be affected, before announcing the temporary suspension of all flights.

The latest news from the airport is that “Limited flight activity has resumed”. It recommends that those due to fly “monitor flight status with your airline. Expect on going delays.”

Footage shows terror of fleeing crowd at Las Vegas shooting

This comes after at least one gunman was reported to have opened fire on crowds at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, discharging hundreds of bullets.

Video online appeared to show the moment the gunfire broke out during a song, stopping the performance and sending the crowd running.

Police say one suspected shooter is "down", and that "at this time we do not believe there are any more shooters".

One woman, who was attending the concert with her husband, told CNN: “Everyone was literally lying on top of each other and trying to get out of the way, and the shots just kept coming.

“When we got down, there was a man shot right there. One of my friends was helping him out. They got him out, and we ran, and everybody is hiding everywhere. They were hiding under the bleachers [seats], and the stanchions, and anywhere they could.

“And everybody is telling us to run, ‘run as fast as you can’.”

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