The Las Vegas shooter who killed 59 people and injured at least 515 “only used a third of his ammunition” before police breached his hotel room, a well-known Irish businessman said.
President of the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Patrick Hughes, said it was “incredible” to see the first reaction from people was to help each other after the shooter took aim at thousands enjoying a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night.
Shooter Stephen Paddock (64) lived in Mesquite, Nevada, approximately 80 miles, from Las Vegas.
He killed himself before armed police blasted their way into his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel where he had an arsenal of weapons.
Relatives described Paddock as “just a guy who hung out”, who was never in a hurry and who had retired to the Nevada desert to enjoy the dry climate and Las Vegas’ casinos.
Mr Hughes, who became president of the Fremont Street Experience in February 2016, said he could say with confidence Paddock had only used one-third of his available ammunition.
“I can tell you with a lot of confidence that he only went through a third of the ammo in the room… and this was the damage he caused,” Mr Hughes told RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland.
He credited the people at the scene who used their initiative to get as many people as possible to the hospital.
“Victims were carried out on gates last night. People were donating their cars, doing everything possible to get them to hospitals, it was incredible to see.
“What was most incredible is that the natural reaction, the first reaction from people was to help.
“I’ve heard so many stories… I’ve heard of two local police officers, one of whom has died, he was protecting his wife, he just jumped on her.
“The other jumped on strangers who happened to be friends of mine. He got shot in the neck and is now in a critical condition.”