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More Than 50 People Are Dead After A Mass Shooting On Las Vegas Strip : The Two-Way : NPR

Gunfire rained down on a country music concert attended by thousands of people Sunday night. More than 400 people were taken to hospitals, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Source: More Than 50 People Are Dead After A Mass Shooting On Las Vegas Strip : The Two-Way : NPR
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A gunman perched high above thousands of concertgoers in Las Vegas killed at least 50 people and injured more than 400 when he rained down gunfire on the crowd Sunday night.

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A gunman perched high above thousands of concertgoers in Las Vegas killed at least 50 people and injured more than 400 when he rained down gunfire on the crowd Sunday night.

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Police in Las Vegas, Nevada say a man opened fire on a country music concert late Sunday, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 400 others, in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Who is gunman Stephen Paddock?
 

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Little is known about the 64-year-old who sprayed bullets at music lovers in Las Vegas.

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Social media giant Facebook is expected to provide Congress on Monday with more than 3,000 ads that ran around the time of the 2016 presidential election and are linked to a Russian ad agency. Company officials will meet with the House and Senate intelligence committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee to hand over the ads, a Facebook official said. The official requested anonymity because the meetings are private. Facebook said last month that it had found thousands of ads linked to…

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The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying that the perpetrator was a soldier who had converted to Islam months ago, without providing any evidence to support the claim.

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A gunman turned a Las Vegas concert into a killing field Sunday night from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, using at least 10 guns to rain down a steady stream of fire, murdering at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

Gunman who killed 50 at Las Vegas concert was retired
 

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Police say the man who killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 400 at a Las Vegas concert was a retiree with no criminal history in the Nevada county where he lived.

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At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history….

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Las Vegas shooting: Stephen Paddock’s brother speaks out
 

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Eric Paddock said he was “dumbfounded” by the news that his brother Stephen Paddock was the one who rained automatic gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers, killing 50 and injuring more than 400 Sunday evening in Las Vegas.

Eric Paddock, who lives in Orlando, Florida, told Reutuers that the family had “no idea in the world.”

“We have no idea. We’re horrified. We’re bewildered and our condolences go out to the victims,” he said.

“We can’t understand what happened,” he told the Orlando Sentinel.

“There’s no rhyme or reason here, it makes no sense,” he said. “’He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn’t a terror attack. He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something.”

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    LVMPD Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at least 50 people are dead and 200 people are wounded after a gunman opened fire on a concert at Las Vegas on Sunday. He identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a local resident. The number of wounded rose to 400 a short time after this press briefing.

POLICE IDENTIFY LAS VEGAS SHOOTING SUSPECT, SAY COMPANION MAY HAVE BEEN FOUND

LVMPD Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at least 50 people are dead and 200 people are wounded after a gunman opened fire on a concert at Las Vegas on Sunday. He identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a local resident. The number of wounded rose to 400 a short time after this press briefing.

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Stephen Paddock was identified by police as the perpetrator of Sunday evening’s mass shooting who opened fire on a crowd of Jason Aldean concertgoers from his 32nd-floor window at the Mandalay Bay hotel. Police entered his room and found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Eric Paddock told the Daily Mail that he and his brother were not especially close, but there was no indication that Stephen would do anything like this.

“There’s no rhyme or reason here, it makes no sense,” he said. “’He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn’t a terror attack. He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something.”

What ‘Deep Throat’ Really Wanted
 

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I used to have this annual argument at Christmas with my brother-in-law, a well-regarded film editor in Hollywood. I would arrive brimming with complaints about a movie like Argo, said to be “based on actual events” but with an entirely fictitious Keystone Kops-like airport chase scene. I would rail about the disservice to history and the misleading effects as an increasing number of Americans learn their history from Hollywood features. He would defend dramatic license. I’d respond by saying a driver’s license doesn’t give one the right to do anything one wants on the road. Round and round we’d go, until we reached his final redoubt: “It’s only a movie.”

Eventually I conceded that films “based on actual events” have the right to composite characters, to elide real-life figures, rearrange chronologies, invent fictitious subplots, and the like for the sake of entertainment. As the Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan once noted, historical films “are constitutionally incapable of being completely accurate.” The mere fact of turning a camera lens on a real event means its distortion. But I insisted a line is crossed whenever a film violates the historical essence of an event. History may be a never-ending argument, but one is not entitled to one’s own facts, and not all facts are equal.

I invented a matrix in which the upper left quadrant is reserved for films that simultaneously respect the gist of historical events and manage to be highly entertaining. It goes all the way back to Call Northside 777, the 1948 docudrama featuring Jimmy Stewart as a crusading reporter whose investigation frees a man wrongly convicted of murder. More recent examples include Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, about the ill-fated moon mission; Edward Zwick’s Glory, about a regiment of black soldiers in the Civil War; and Michael Mann’s portrait of the tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, The Insider. In the lower left quadrant, you’ll find films that while respectful of the past are disappointing as drama. I’m thinking here of movies like 42, the syrupy Jackie Robinson biopic, and Valkyrie, which recounts the July Plot to assassinate Hitler.

The quadrants on the right side of the matrix are reserved for the pernicious films, distinct because they promote a big resounding lie. The bottom quadrant includes deservedly panned films like 1965’s The Battle of the Bulge—which Dwight Eisenhower felt compelled to condemn for its historical inaccuracies—and Brian De Palma’s account of Eliot Ness, The Untouchables. The top quadrant is dedicated to riveting features, ones made by filmmakers who are unfortunately at the top of their game. Selma would be an example for the way it falsely depicts Lyndon Johnson as an obstacle in the way of civil rights legislation. Oliver Stone’s entertaining and noxious JFK occupies its own special pedestal here.

The matrix is subjective, of course. And many films sit on the line dividing the wooden but accurate film from the wooden but inaccurate one. Thirteen Days, a depiction of the Cuban missile crisis, faithfully renders John F. Kennedy’s determination to avoid nuclear war while simultaneously perpetuating a big lie about Robert Kennedy being a dove from the start. All the President’s Men is another problematic case. This 1976 paean to investigative journalism has many fabulist elements. It demonizes or skirts the government’s role in uncovering Watergate (nobody is doing their job except the reporters at the Washington Post), and it greatly distorts what went on inside the Post. It is, nonetheless, a diverting drama: eminently watchable after 40 years. And it will be on the minds of everyone who goes to see Hollywood’s latest stab at portraying Watergate: Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, written and directed by Peter Landesman.

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Mark Felt was the No. 2 executive at the FBI during the Watergate investigation and a key source for the Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein—the one they famously dubbed “Deep Throat.” I was working on a book about Felt in 2010 when I first began hearing the name Peter Landesman. I was interviewing FBI agents involved in the Watergate investigation or who knew Felt, and, invariably, no matter whom I contacted, Landesman had been there first. More than one interviewee said Landesman had asked the exact same questions that I was asking now. I could not help but be impressed and a little unnerved. Landesman had been a globe-trotting investigative reporter before changing careers to write and direct films. This was no screenwriter searching for a little color, but someone who knew how to report.

Landesman had been aided by the late Craig L. Dotlo, an influential figure in the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. The society’s cooperation is not easy to come by because it carefully vets requests from authors and filmmakers, and it was doubly difficult in this case. After the 2005 Vanity Fair article in which Felt outed himself as Deep Throat appeared, his conduct became a matter of great controversy in the society, with the membership irrevocably split. Landesman went to great lengths to assure Dotlo that he wanted to tell the story of Watergate from the FBI’s perspective in a way that would “let the viewer decide what the reason was for Felt’s cooperation,” Dotlo told me. Persuaded by what Landesman called his “commitment to accuracy,” Dotlo vouched for him.

One of the most important FBI retirees Dotlo spoke to was Edward S. Miller, the assistant director in charge of the bureau’s domestic intelligence division from 1971 to 1973. Miller had initially rebuffed the screenwriter, but Dotlo had a particular influence. As a young agent in the New York field office, Dotlo had been the moving force behind the 1978 establishment of a legal defense fund to aid bureau personnel—most prominently Miller himself—put in legal jeopardy because of the aggressive counterintelligence tactics they had used against the Weather Underground in the early 1970s. The other FBI executive tried and convicted in 1980 alongside Miller was Mark Felt.

My book, Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat, came out in 2012 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. It posited that the “war of the FBI succession” was the context for Felt’s conduct and winning it provided his motive. As J. Edgar Hoover aged and refused to retire gracefully, a fight for the directorship had developed at the highest echelons of the bureau. The weapon of choice was the leak to the press. When Hoover died in May 1972, just seven weeks before the Watergate break-in, Felt, then the FBI’s No. 3 executive, expected to succeed him. Instead, Nixon unexpectedly appointed Assistant Attorney General L. Patrick Gray as acting director. This surprise ascension exacerbated the bureau’s instability. After one director for 48 years, the FBI would have four in the space of 14 months, amid intense infighting. Much of it was due to Felt. As William Ruckelshaus, who temporarily succeeded Gray as acting director in 1973, put it, “Felt was a guy obsessed with taking Hoover’s place as FBI director. [By leaking], he was trying to feather his own nest and undercut his bosses at the FBI.”

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A week after my book appeared, I received an email from Peter Landesman, expressing an interest in comparing notes on the subject of our mutual fascination. I was open to doing so. More, I was curious. No one else had engaged, as far as I knew, in any serious investigation of Deep Throat besides Landesman and myself. Following the 2005 Vanity Fair article and Bob Woodward’s quickie book on Felt, The Secret Man, the subject of Deep Throat was regarded as exhausted.

What I found particularly intriguing was Landesman’s opening remark. “[I] had a fascinating dinner w[ith] Woodward and Bernstein last year,” he wrote in his email. “I was amazed how little they know outside their own ‘narrative.’ ” This accorded with my view. One of the points in my book was that the two Post reporters had exhibited a striking and convenient lack of curiosity about Felt. Woodward, lauded for his ability to plumb the innermost secrets of the White House, Supreme Court, Pentagon, and CIA, had turned a blind eye to the ferocious politics at the FBI. He even falsified the story of Felt’s abrupt departure from the bureau in May 1973. Woodward maintained that Felt “retired” from the FBI, even after Ruckelshaus called the reporter expressly to tell him that Felt had resigned overnight rather than be the subject of an internal investigation for leaking.

As Landesman and I exchanged messages, clear differences emerged. “Though I don’t discount Felt’s desire to run the FBI,” Landesman wrote, “I think his impulse to protect it as an institution” counted for more. The institutional explanation for Felt’s behavior dated back to 1992, when James Mann, a former colleague of Woodward and Bernstein at the Post, wrote a long speculative essay about Deep Throat’s identity for the Atlantic Monthly. The article didn’t flatly claim Felt was Deep Throat, but placed the source squarely inside the FBI. Mann—who had worked on several early Watergate stories with Woodward before the pairing with Bernstein was cemented—posited that bureaucratic politics, rather than noble whistleblowing, offered the most likely explanation of Deep Throat’s behavior. Woodward would himself adopt Mann’s theory when he came to write his Felt book in 2005.

But Landesman also mentioned two wrinkles that I hadn’t seriously considered. More important than Felt’s longing for the directorship or desire to protect the bureau from Nixon, suggested Landesman, was “what was going on at home with his wife (who was nuts and a drunk) and [with] his daughter (who was a counterculture runaway).” I had briefly mentioned Audrey, Felt’s wife, in my book. She was known for nursing her husband’s ambition and anticipating the day he would ascend to the top of the FBI pyramid. She was also a manic-depressive who killed herself with Felt’s revolver in 1984. But what was Landesman suggesting: Felt leaked because he was henpecked and his daughter, a Stanford graduate, had turned into a hippie?

He reiterated the personal motive in a subsequent email:

While I completely agree with your assessment of Felt vis a vis Woodward and Bernstein, almost no one is addressing Felt’s personal life or stakes. Having spent a great deal of time with his family, and him before he was completely lost to dementia, and people who worked with him in the FBI, I reject the notion that he was purely acting out of careerism. The truth is much more nuanced, and Felt is much more complex than that.

I didn’t understand this message. Deep Throat fed the cub reporter a lot of false information. To me, this underscored that the relationship was all about the war of the FBI succession. The outstanding example here was when Felt explained to Woodward ostensibly why Nixon had nominated Gray to be the permanent FBI director in February 1973. This appointment “didn’t make any sense” to Woodward; the confirmation hearings were bound to turn into an inquisition on the FBI’s investigation of Watergate. Nixon’s disenchantment with Gray over the issue of FBI leaks the previous fall, moreover, was no secret. Felt told Woodward that an angry Gray had marched into the White House and reminded Nixon that he had performed well in limiting the FBI’s probe and that “all hell could break loose” if he weren’t nominated. The suggestion that Gray had blackmailed Nixon was a lie. It was also emblematic of Felt’s schemes to discredit his rivals for the directorship.

Besides raising motives I considered extraneous, Landesman emphasized the importance of talking to Felt’s closest colleague, Ed Miller. According to Landesman, Miller would substantiate that there’s “a good deal more to this story than career and ambition.” When I had interviewed Miller in May 2011, I hadn’t learned anything remarkable. He had, though, mentioned writing an unvarnished account of that tumultuous Watergate period at the bureau that included an explanation of why Felt had leaked. (The 2005 revelation that Felt was Deep Throat had come as absolutely no news to Miller.) I cajoled and pleaded with Miller to share his testament, as he would do with Woodward. But Miller wouldn’t budge. Reading Landesman’s email, I presumed he had seen it and found it persuasive.

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In May 2012, despite our emerging differences, Landesman invited me to his home in the Hollywood Hills to compare notes. Our conversation ranged all over the place, and it became clear that he had cast his net far wider than the FBI, interviewing such people as CBS’s Lesley Stahl, who, in addition to covering Watergate, had dated Woodward at the time. Landesman talked about how difficult it must have been for Woodward and Bernstein to have this “false history hanging over their heads” all these years. His Deep Throat script was “congruent” with my book, he asserted, except that it was going to add the personal angle that I had ignored, including Felt’s rescue of his daughter, Joan, from a California commune in the early 1970s. He had arrived there, Landesman said, to find Joan sitting naked in a field nursing her newborn baby.

One finding of Landesman’s that genuinely surprised me was his claim that Felt had leaked to Carl Bernstein, too. It has long been part of Watergate lore that Felt dealt only with Woodward. Indeed, the first time Bernstein ever met Deep Throat was in November 2008, when the reporters traveled to California to see the 95-year-old Felt, who died the next month. Landesman insisted that Felt was the anonymous “government lawyer” described in the 1974 book All the President’s Men who telephoned Bernstein at the Post and tipped him off that a young lawyer named Donald Segretti had tried to hire another lawyer named Alex B. Shipley Jr. to engage in “dirty tricks” aimed at disrupting the Democratic primaries in 1972. Landesman was proud of this alleged discovery, which had come about only because of his dogged research. He triumphantly said he had shared it with Woodward and Bernstein.

This scoop, if true, constituted a substantial revision of history, not to mention my book. The 2006 reissue of Felt’s 1979 autobiography—revised to put Deep Throat in the best possible light—had not claimed that Felt called Bernstein. In Woodward’s archival notes from the famed October 9, 1972, meeting with Deep Throat in a Virginia parking garage, Felt specifically declines to talk about Segretti. If Landesman were right, Felt was simultaneously tipping off Bernstein anonymously and refusing to discuss the same subject with Woodward. Most importantly, what Felt purportedly told Bernstein was something the FBI did not even know at the time. After the Post’s story about Segretti was published on October 10, Pat Gray ordered an internal investigation because of all the references in the story to information from FBI reports. This internal probe found that while the bureau knew about Segretti, the FBI had had “no knowledge concerning Segretti’s attempts to recruit” Shipley.

This was important. If my book did well enough, I could insert a correction in the paperback edition. I asked Landesman about his source for this finding, which contradicted All the President’s Men and contemporaneous FBI documents. Landesman promptly put on his investigative-reporter hat. “I hate to pull this, because I hate when I get it, but I can’t [divulge my source], not just yet,” he wrote in an email. “One day I’ll be able to tell you who and how, but I do know it was [Felt]. No disrespect. I see us as allies and compatriots pure and simple on this. Bear with me. . . . Though anecdotally, you can see how it makes total sense, correct? Who else would it have been, esp[ecially] given what you found out and wrote in your book.”

Yet the more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that Felt calling Bernstein made no sense. I went back over all the primary and secondary evidence and conducted new interviews. Ultimately, I established to my satisfaction who called Bernstein after talking to Marietta Shipley, the wife of the now-deceased Alex Shipley. She told me a lawyer friend of Alex’s, who had been with him and Segretti in the Army’s judge advocate general’s corps, had been the person who called Bernstein. This friend was certainly not Mark Felt.

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During our conversation, Landesman disclosed his involvement in the project was via Tom Hanks’s production company, Playtone, which had purchased the film rights to Felt’s story soon after the Vanity Fair article appeared. Felt was to be a vehicle for another heroic turn by Hanks, and Landesman made it seem like production was imminent. In June 2012, he wrote, “We gotta get this movie made. The same way [the movie of All the President’s Men] solidified the false mythology, only a movie as big can correct it forever. I should know soon.” Instead, in August of that year, Landesman got the go-ahead for another one of Playtone’s based-on-actual-events film projects: Parkland, about the long weekend of the Kennedy assassination.

I heard infrequently from him after that. And when I did, he tended to emphasize the gap in our respective positions rather than any supposed congruence. Felt “was a complicated guy,” Landesman wrote in November 2013, just as Parkland was coming out, “and his motives on this were complicated. To reduce it to careerism dishonors not just the man but the event. Too simply [sic]. Too reductionist. Too easy.” Meanwhile, the Felt film appeared to be in limbo.

Delays are a common Hollywood malady, my brother-in-law assured me. But he also noted that Tom Hanks had sufficient clout to get any film into production promptly—that is, if he believed in the script. That there were snags was confirmed to me later in the year by two producers I met while working on a Hanks-produced documentary series on the sixties. They expressed doubt the film would ever be made, and if it were, they said, it wasn’t going to star Tom Hanks. Meanwhile, Landesman had moved on to writing and directing yet another film “based on actual events”: Concussion, about the NFL’s brain-injury problem.

In May 2015, out of the blue, Landesman reported to me that the Felt film was finally in preparation. He had corralled Liam Neeson into portraying Felt, and Diane Lane was playing Audrey. Their star power proved crucial to piecing together the “indie financing” needed to get the film out of Hollywood purgatory (Hanks and Playtone were still involved, but only marginally). Landesman wrote, “I know we don’t agree on all things Felt. . . . I would like to compare notes, making sure things are as right as they can be. I’ll start by re-reading your book. And then I’ll be in touch.” This cordiality was in marked contrast to his tone the last time I had heard from him. In November 2013, Landesman had taken exception to my blunt rejection, in an email to him, of Felt’s supposedly complex psychological and emotional realities. “How would you know,” he responded. “You have no access to the people who actually knew him. You’re just pulling that out [of] your ass.”

Ed Miller had died in July 2013, and I was finally able to procure from his daughter a copy of the text that supposedly explained everything—though I never did learn if Landesman had ever read this explanation. It turned out to be 25 inchoate pages, revealing only in the sense that it conspicuously avoided addressing the savage war of the FBI succession. I sent copies to Angelo Lano, the FBI’s Watergate case agent; John J. McDermott, Lano’s boss as the special agent in charge of the Washington field office; Daniel Armstrong, a special assistant to Pat Gray; and Earl J. Silbert, the attorney who prosecuted the five burglars caught red-handed at the Watergate and the two ringleaders of the break-in, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy. All four agreed Miller’s testament was gibberish.

For good measure, I ran Landesman’s rationalization of Felt’s conduct by every FBI man I knew of from those days. When they didn’t laugh, they scoffed. Felt was renowned for his cold, detached, and calculating demeanor. He was called the “White Rat” at the bureau—a nickname owing to his thick mane of carefully coiffed hair and his penchant for tattling on subordinates and rivals to Hoover. Nor had Miller’s ramblings mentioned Audrey or Joan as contributing factors in Felt’s decision to leak. Indeed, Miller’s memoir could be read to suggest the opposite:

[Felt] clearly was [Audrey’s] hero; but something happened. Although I don’t think Watergate bothered her and I have absolutely no feeling that “Deep Throat” was ever discussed between them, Things didn’t start to fall apart until and after the Felt-Miller trial in 1980 in Washington. . . . We were found guilty and even though President Reagan pardoned us Audrey was not herself. She confided in [Miller’s wife] that Mark was no longer paying any attention to her and that he was spending virtually all his time in their guest room.

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The Felt movie finally began filming in May 2016. Judging from the Hollywood trades, Landesman’s view of his script was not modest. The movie will “change the accepted history of Watergate,” he toldDeadline: Hollywood. “Right or wrong, [Deep Throat] felt what he did was the last defense of the American ideal. . . . The story has the components of a suspenseful spy thriller, but there are huge reveals about his motivations.” Landesman referred to a subplot involving daughter Joan as “Shakespearean.”

The film is focused on the eventful year from Hoover’s death to Felt’s departure from the bureau in June 1973, amid grateful applause from assembled employees. It is the story of how Felt had to betray the FBI—by leaking, which was otherwise against his character, training, and ethical code—to save the FBI. This is where the war of the FBI succession is folded into the plot, except that the facts are so distorted that the truth is unrecognizable. Felt’s lust for the directorship is depicted in a single scene, immediately following Hoover’s death, when he gingerly and respectfully tries on the director’s chair for size. We are supposed to believe Felt will serve honorably if only he is asked, but he is double-crossed by Richard Nixon. Neeson’s Felt promises his fidelity to Gray so long as Gray’s first loyalty is to the bureau. In truth, Felt acted like a sycophant in front of Gray and disparaged him at every opportunity behind his back. Landesman can make such distortions believable because Liam Neeson is an imposing presence on the screen, the personification of gravitas and high-mindedness—think Gregory Peck in the ’50s and ’60s. Neeson carries Mark Felt.

Felt’s rivals for the directorship are the villains in the film: William C. Sullivan and Gray—with Nixon, of course, lurking in the background. Sullivan had been Hoover’s heir apparent until he became impatient and was fired for insolence and insubordination in October 1971. In the film, Sullivan represents the bad old FBI under Hoover, a serial violator of Americans’ constitutional rights on the flimsiest of pretexts. In a conspicuous piece of miscasting, Sullivan—a tightly wound, bantamweight Irishman—is portrayed as a sloth-footed, menacing hoodlum by Tom Sizemore.

Neeson’s Felt is hellbent on preventing Sullivan’s vengeful return. While this was indubitably true—Felt leaked to damage both his perceived rivals for the directorship, Sullivan and Gray—the line the film takes, that Sullivan was tainted by his association with the FBI’s abuses while Felt was a closeted proponent of civil liberties, is risible. Sullivan’s excesses are traceable to his responsibilities for the bureau’s domestic-intelligence gathering and internal security. He sought and oversaw aggressive measures—including wiretaps, infiltration, and even sabotage—to disrupt radical groups ranging from the KKK to the Weather Underground.

When Felt rose to a position of responsibility at the FBI, he too advocated vigorous countermeasures. He sanctioned illegal break-ins during the same period he was leaking to Woodward. The film doesn’t pretend otherwise, except that Landesman’s Felt orders the gloves-off approach with only the greatest reluctance, whereas his Sullivan delights in building a police state. There is good reason to believe, moreover, that Felt reinstituted the program of illegal break-ins—called black-bag jobs—to curry Nixon’s favor, hoping they would result in the capture of one or more of the Weather Underground terrorists who were proving maddeningly elusive and so garner him the directorship. In any event, what Sullivan had in common with Felt was far more telling than any alleged differences over bureau counterintelligence techniques. They shared, recalls Jack McDermott, a “hungry, needy drive to replace Hoover.”

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The even greater disservice is the film’s depiction of L. Patrick Gray. If there was one official who most definitely was not one of the president’s men, it was Gray. Named acting director the month before the June 1972 break-in, Gray was between the proverbial rock and hard place. If he did not keep the Watergate probe under control and out of the press, he was going to incur Nixon’s wrath and lose any hope of securing the nomination to be permanent director after the November election. Yet if he failed to let the investigation run its full course or was seen to have interfered with it in any way, Gray would stand no chance of being confirmed by what was sure to be a Democrat-controlled Senate. As CIA director Richard Helms later observed, almost in sympathy, “Can you imagine the predicament of a new FBI director coming into office and having this thing break over his head?”

Gray’s solution was to try to have it both ways. He largely absented himself from direct management of the investigation, leaving it to the professionals at the bureau—including his deputy, Mark Felt. Simultaneously, the acting director opened a private channel to White House counsel John Dean and kept him informed about the FBI’s progress—never realizing that Dean’s real function was desk officer for the cover-up.

In Landesman’s film, Gray is a Nixon hatchet man who poses an even greater existential danger to the FBI than Sullivan. “Crazy Billy” (as Sullivan was known) would merely return the bureau to the bad old days; Gray would compromise its very integrity. Gray orders the Watergate investigation shut down after 48 hours—a plot point based on a false story Felt leaked to the press in June 1972. Missing from the film is any indication that Gray alone warned Nixon about the attempt to obstruct justice in the first few weeks after the break-in—what would eventually become the first article in the House Judiciary Committee’s bill of impeachment against the president.

Dean (with full knowledge of the president and his chief of staff) was trying to invoke CIA privileges to block a particularly embarrassing aspect of the FBI’s Watergate investigation: the laundering of questionable campaign contributions through a Mexican lawyer to the president’s reelection committee, whereby they reached the bank account of one of the five Watergate burglars. In an exchange that would become famous, Gray and Nixon talked on July 6, 1972, about this aborted effort to deflect the FBI investigation. “People on your staff,” Gray warned the president, “are using the CIA and FBI” in an attempt to impede the investigation. After a perceptible pause, Nixon replied, “Pat, you just continue to conduct your aggressive and thorough investigation.” The actor Marton Csokas bears an uncanny resemblance to Gray. But thanks to Landesman’s script, a naïve, hapless man in a difficult position is portrayed as a simple thug in the employ of the federal government.

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Landesman is no Oliver Stone retailing paranoid history. But there are several touches in Mark Feltreminiscent of JFK. Like the earlier film’s Mr. X (played by Donald Sutherland), there is a mysterious, menacing CIA-figure (played by Eddie Marsan) who tries, in a brief appearance, to wrap up all the loose ends. Like Stone, Landesman purveys the concept of an unaccountable Deep State. “Presidents come and go,” Marsan intones. “The CIA stays. The FBI stays.” And like Stone’s JFK, Landesman’s film ends with a claim that is the opposite of the truth: Mark Felt’s “legacy is incalculable as one of the most important whistleblowers in American history.”

Mark Felt is chock full of lesser falsehoods, misrepresentations, and elisions of fact. Neeson’s Felt arrives at the scene of the Watergate break-in as his personal presence is urgently required by investigators; never happened. Landesman has Woodward telling Felt that his newsroom sobriquet is Deep Throat; pure invention. Landesman leaves out that Gray’s confirmation testimony before the Senate led to backslapping in the Post newsroom. The words of Nixon’s ostensible hatchet man justified the Post’s singular devotion to the story, and as the paper’s executive editor, Ben Bradlee, put it, single-handedly “rescued the free press.” Most egregiously, Landesman includes his phony scoop about Felt leaking to Bernstein, in what amounts to a transparent attempt to give Felt whistleblower cred. One salutary element is that Landesman rightly makes much more of Felt’s relationship with Time’s Sandy Smith, a reporter who had many Watergate scoops thanks to his long-standing ties to the FBI, than he does of the encounters with Woodward. Indeed, Woodward’s screen time is so meager it may come as a shock to Watergate buffs, given that Woodward invented Deep Throat.

Mark Felt is fated to be juxtaposed with All the President’s Men, and it will suffer by the comparison. Alan J. Pakula made exceptional use of Washington’s architecture and symbolism in his account of the Watergate investigation. Mark Felt was not filmed on location, and the absence of Washington’s monumentalism is telling. There is a mismatch between the weightiness of the subject and the locale, as if the war over the FBI succession and the Watergate scandal had both taken place in Sacramento. Watching Landesman’s rendering of the iconic garage rendezvous between Felt and Woodward, one yearns for a cameo by Robert Redford, perhaps as the attendant, or even better, Hal Holbrook as an anonymous patron departing in his car. Even a bow to the beloved but apocryphal “follow the money” line is missing, and there is nothing memorable to take its place.

That scene also serves as a pointed reminder of what All the President’s Men is and what Mark Felt isn’t. Every sentient American already knew how the story turned out in 1976 when Pakula’s film premiered. But All the President’s Men was a crackling, gripping movie. Mark Felt is a plodding, unsubtle melodrama, guilty of the only cardinal sin in Hollywood: tedium. It is beyond rescue, even by Liam Neeson’s pensive looks.

Max Holland’s Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat is available in paperback.

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Multiple victims were taken to hospitals across Las Vegas after a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Time

People take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.(Photo: David Becker, Getty Images)

gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, killing at least 50 people and injuring hundreds near the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino. Here is what we know so far:

Who is the shooter?

Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Mesquite, Nev., has been named by police as the shooter. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo later said Paddock was believed to have killed himself as police broke into his room at the Mandalay Bay, which he was believed to have occupied since Sept. 28.

Did the shooter have any accomplices?

“Right now, we believe it’s a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor.” said Lombardo, adding that a motive for the shooting had yet to be determined. Lombardo also said police had questioned a “person of interest,” Marilou Danley, the suspect’s roommate, and determined she was not involved in the shooting.

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Video shows people running and ducking as shots rang out at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. USA TODAY

Where did the incident happen?

The shooting took place in an open area across the street from the Mandalay Bay, a giant casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, where the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival started Friday. The festival is reported to have attracted about 30,000 attendees. Country superstar Jason Aldean, recently named 2017 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, was on stage when the shooting began at 10:08 p.m. local time. He was not injured.

What weapons were used?

According to police, the gunman fired from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, which overlooks the venue. Police said numerous firearms, as many as 10, had been been found in the room.

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People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has killed at least 20 people and injured more than 100.  David Becker, Getty Images

Police officers advise people to take cover.  John Locher, AP

People carry a peson at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. David Becker, Getty Images

Police run to cover at the scene of a shooting.  John Locher, AP

People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas.  David Becker, Getty Images

Medics treat the wounded as Las Vegas police respond during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas strip.  Chase Stevens, AP

People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds.  David Becker, Getty Images

People wearing Jason Aldean concert t-shirts talk with police officers on the street outside the Mandalay Bay hotel near the scene of the Route 91 Harvest festival.  Paul Buck, European Pressphoto Agency

A cowboy hat lays in the street after shots were fired near a country music festival on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot.  David Becker, Getty Images

A person takes cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.  David Becker, Getty Images

An injured person is tended to in the intersection of Tropicana Ave. and Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas.  Ethan Miller, Getty Images

A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals.  John Locher, AP

A police officer takes cover behind a truck.  John Locher, AP

A handout photo released via Twitter by Eiki Hrafnsson (@EirikurH) showing concertgoers running away from the scene (C) after shots rang out at the Route 91 Harvest festival on Las Vegas Boulevard. Eiki Hrafnsson, European Pressphoto Agency

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers stand near an ambulance as medical personnel treat a person in the parking lot of the Hooters Casino Hotel.  Ethan Miller, Getty Images

People are searched by Las Vegas police at the Tropicana Las Vegas during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.  Chase Stevens, Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

A wounded woman is moved outside the Tropicana during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas.  Chase Stevens, Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

A wounded woman is moved outside the Tropicana on a hotel baggage cart during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip.  Chase Stevens, Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer stands in the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas.  Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Las Vegas police respond during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip.  Chase Stevens, Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas.  Ethan Miller, Getty Images

People take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  David Becker, Getty Images

A police officer takes cover behind a police vehicle during a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.  John Locher, AP

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How many victims are there?

At a press conference early Monday, police said that at least 50 people had been killed and 200 injured. Sheriff Lombardo later said “well over” 400 people had been injured. Local hospitals were reportedly overwhelmed with victims.

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How does this mass shooting compare with others in the U.S.?

If the figure of at least 50 dead remains or increases, the incident will be the worst mass shooting in American history. The prior mass shooting with the highest death toll was an attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in June 2016 in which 49 people were killed and 58 injured.

What else do we know about Stephen Paddock?

Paddock reportedly lived in an upscale retirement community of about 1,400  homes called Sun City Mesquite by Del Webb. Residents must be at least 55 and no children are permitted to live there. The community includes an 18-hole golf course as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Mesquite is about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas near the Arizona and Utah borders. His home in Mesquite is assessed at more than $353,000, according to property tax records.

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LAS VEGAS STRIP SHOOTING, AT LEAST 50 DEAD Scores killed in Las Vegas music festival shooting | 0:36Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say one of their own was among the scores of concertgoers killed when “lone wolf” gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on crowds at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The suspect was killed by police. USA TODAY

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Stephen Paddock has been identified as the gunman in thewho opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, leaving at least 50 people dead and more than 200 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, police said.

The shooter, a 64-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada, was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel down at the festival, which was located in a fairgrounds area on Las Vegas Boulevard, hitting several concertgoers. Officers responded to that hotel room and engaged the suspect, killing him, police said. They do not believe at this time that there were any other shooters, despite reports of multiple gunmen. Police said they do not have an accurate number of victims yet. Police have also not yet released a motive. Paddock does not have any known ties to terrorist organizations, NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

The concert festival was taking place in an outdoor area across from the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the famed Las Vegas Strip. A video taken by someone at the concert shows the moment when gunfire, described by police and witnesses as coming from an automatic weapon, erupted, with several shots fired in rapid succession:

Photos and videos from the concert festival also showed multiple victims, including people on the ground, bleeding. The shooting was first reported about 10 p.m. local time. The scene remained active at 3:30 a.m. and people were being told to stay away. Las Vegas Police said it is an “active investigation.”

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman tweeted, “Pray for Las Vegas. Thank you to all our first responders out there now.”

The victims have not been identified. They include two police officers who were on duty and were shot, police said. One is in critical, but stable, condition after surgery. Another police officer was off duty and at the concert and was killed, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. “Obviously this is a tragic incident. And one that we have never experienced in this valley,” Lombardo said.

This story is still developing and not much is known about Stephen Paddock so far. Here is what we do know about him and what we know about the shooting:


1. The Shooter Is a ‘Local Individual’ & Police Do Not Believe It Was an ‘Act of Terrorism’ ‘At This Point’

route 90 harvest shootingThe scene at Route 90 Harvest.

At least one suspect was reported to be “down” inside a room at the Mandalay Bay, police said. Police said the shooter is a “local individual” who was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel just outside the concert area. He was killed inside the hotel room after a police SWAT team used an explosive breach to blow open the door and then engaged with him.

Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, has lived on Babbling Brook Court in Mesquite, Nevada, since June 2016. He previously lived in Reno, Nevada, from 2011 to 2016, and also had an address in Melbourne, Florida, from 2013 to 2015. He has also lived in Henderson, Nevada, and several locations in California since 1990. He was born April 9, 1953.

Mesquite is located about 80 miles, or an hour and 16 minutes, away from Las Vegas, along Nevada’s border with Arizona. Mesquite, a city in Clark County, is home to about 17,400 people, including several retirement communities, along with casinos and golf courses.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo, when asked by a reporter if it was an “act of terrorism,” said “no, not at this point. We believe it was a local individual. He resides here locally. I’m not at liberty to give you his place of residence yet, because it’s an ongoing investigation, we don’t know what his belief system was at this time. … Right now we believe he is the sole aggressor at this point and the scene is static.”

Lombardo said multiple firearms were found inside the hotel room. He said the room is still being processed and further details weren’t immediately available. KTNV, citing police sources, reports that Paddock had eight guns inside the hotel room, along with two platforms set up to shoot from. He also had cameras to see police arriving, the news station reports. He is believed to have used long range rifles, News 8 Now reports.

Las Vegas Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told CNN that they found Paddock by listening to where the gunshots were coming from. He also confirmed they found 8 weapons, including long rifles, inside the hotel room.

Officers were obtaining warrants to search the home in Mesquite where the gunman lives. Paddock was known to law enforcement, NBC News’ Pete Williams reports. But details of those run-ins were not immediately available. Public records do not show any criminal convictions for Paddock in Nevada.Fox News reports that Paddock “was known” to Las Vegas Police. Undersheriff McMahill told CNN that he had no major “derogatory” criminal record other than a minor offense in Las Vegas.

Mesquite Police told CBS News that he had no run-ins with him. They said he lived in a retirement community, called Sun City, is a white male and wasn’t a military veteran. Local police were blocking off the area while Las Vegas Metro police waited for a search warrant to enter the home, according to Desert Valley Times reporter Lucas Thomas.

“We believe it’s a solo actor. A lone wolf,” Lombardo said. “We are comfortable that the primary aggressor in this event has expired or passed away and is no longer a threat.”

Paddock is believed to have checked into the Mandalay Bay hotel as a guest, The Associated Press reports. It is not known how long he had been at the hotel.


2. Police Were Looking for a ‘Companion’ of the Gunman, Who Lived in the Same Home as Him

marilou Danleypolice photo releaseMarilou Danley.

Police were looking for a “person of interest,” a 4’11” Asian woman named Marilou Danley. She was described as a “companion” of the shooter. A photo of her can be seen above. Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a press conference that they believe they have located her, but did not provide any other details.

“We are interested in talking to her for followup,” Lombardo said at a press conference. Police were also looking for two vehicles with Nevada plates, a Hyundai Tucson with license plate number 114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring with plate number 19D401. They are registered to the gunman. Lombardo said the vehicles have been found.

Police said Danley, 62, lived with the shooter in Mesquite. Public records show she lived at the same address as him since January 2017. Authorities have not yet said what role, if any, they believe she played in the shooting. They have also not said if she was seen with the suspect at the Mandalay Bay hotel or elsewhere prior to the shooting.

A woman who was at the concert told a local news station that a “lady pushed her way forward in the concert venue. And she started messing with another lady and told us that we are all going to die tonight. … It was about 45 minutes the shots were actually fired. But then she was escorted out by security.” But police have not confirmed if they believe that was related to the shooting.

Marilou Danley’s Facebook profile reads, “Proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.” Her last public post was an update of her profile picture in August. She had posted numerous photos of herself. Friends commented on her looks, and she wrote under one, “Thanks …That was taken at Wiltshire Roof Top Restaurant in L.A.” In 2016, she wrote in the comment thread under a photo, “…Kuha Sa Jumeira Beach, Dubai.”

She says on her Linkedin profile that she has worked at a casino in the past. She has also lived in Sparks and Reno, Nevada, along with Canton, Ohio; Springdale, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee, according to public records.

Earlier scanner traffic indicated that police may have gotten Danley’s name, at least in part, from a credit/debit card left in the Mandalay Bay hotel room by the main suspect. She was previously married to Geary Danley, of Arkansas, who is not believed to have any connection to the shooting, despite some on social media saying police have been searching for him.

You can read more about Danley at the link below:


3. Paddock Was Possibly Going Through a Divorce & Sued a Las Vegas Strip Casino in 2012

Sheriff Joe Lombardo said details about Paddock’s background are still being determined by investigators. A family member told NBC News they would be releasing a statement through police on Monday. NBC News reports that Paddock was married and going through a divorce or otherwise splitting up with his wife, though it was not clear who that woman is. NBC also said it is not known if the martial issues played any role in the shooting.

stephen paddock lawsuitPaddock filed a lawsuit against a casino in 2012. It was dismissed in 2014.

Clark County court records show that Paddock sued a Las Vegas strip hotel in 2012. He filed the lawsuit against Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts Inc. in September 2012. The case was dismissed with prejudice on October 3, 2014. Records show he was suing for “Negligence – Premises Liability.” Details about the case were not immediately available.


4. The Gunman Fired Dozens of Shots, Forcing Singer Jason Aldean Off the Stage & Concertgoers Racing to the Exits

route 90 shootingDavid Becker/GettyPeople carry a person at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About 40,000 fans were in the fairgrounds area, where there were multiple stages and other areas set up for the festival, according to The Associated Press. Concertgoer Kodiak Yazzi, 36, told the AP that the music stopped temporarily after a sound that was like a firecracker. It then started up again before another round of pops sent performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage, while panicked fans also rushed for the exits. Yazzi told the AP he took cover and saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower above the concert. He said the bursts would start and stop for about five minutes.

The concert festival was in its third day. The festival’s website showed that performers Sunday night included Jake Owen and Luke Combs, along with Jason Aldean, who was set to take the stage about 9:40 p.m. ABC News reports that Aldean was on stage when the shooting occurred, but is OK. A video shows Aldean singing and playing a guitar as gunshots ring out. He briefly continues to perform, before stopping and running off the stage. You can watch the video below:

Aldean said on Instagram, “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate.”

Country singer Jake Owen was among those at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He tweeted, “Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.”

Owen later tweeted, “Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray.”

Another musician, Luke Combs, tweeted there was an active shooter at Route 91 Harvest, a three-day country music festival being held on the Las Vegas Strip.

“Active shooter at @Route91Harvest in Vegas. We’re safe. Love you guys,” Combs said.

You can watch live coverage of the shooting here:

University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen told The Associated Press that 26 people were taken to that hospital. Two have since died and 12 are in critical condition, Cohen said. It is not clear how many other victims were taken to other hospitals.

The conditions of the other victims not in critical condition were not immediately available.

Dan Bilzerian, the professional poker player and businessman, posted a video running from the concert saying, “a girl just got shot in the f*cking head.”

The shooting scene.

Witnesses told reporter Nathan O’Neal that hundreds of shots were fired after a loud bang that sounded like a firecracker.

“Clip after clip after clip, bullets flying everywhere, people running,” the witness said. “It was really, really bad. We were the furthest VIP stages away from Mandalay Bay and they (the bullets) were ricocheting everywhere where we fear. They were firing from somewhere high and they were unloading clip after clip after clip. Multiple shooters, has to be.”

But police are indicating there was only one shooter. In chaotic active shooter situations, witnesses often report hearing or seeing multiple shooters, as sounds echo and come from different directions, and police and others are misidentified as gunmen.

Two women who were in the front row of the concert told Fox News’ Lauren Blanchard they heard the shooting start and saw a woman with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. She was not moving, they said. “We were at the Jason Aldean concert and everything was fine. And then we heard two pop noises and thought it was the sound system. He kept continuing like nothing was wrong and then we heard it continue and he was still going and then he fell,” one of the women said. The other woman told Blanchard, “(Aldean) dropped and ran, he just ran off the stage. And then people started dropping to the floor and we were running out.”

Another witness told ABC News, “Jason Aldean was playing and it just kind of sounded like some fireworks going off, and then I think there was the first kind of volley and then the second volley, and my buddy says ‘I got hit.’ … He got hit three times and people started diving to the ground. It was pretty much chaotic. Lots of people got hit.” The witness said his friend, who was shot three times in the chest, is going to be OK. He said another victim he was trying to help get to the hospital died in his arms.

Witness Jake Freeman told ABC News he went to the rooftop lounge at the top of his hotel, overlooking the strip. “There were people drinking. Nobody had any idea what was going on. And I had a birds-eye view of the Route 91 Harvest music festival right across the street. My friend and I personally saw crowds of people running out of the festival and bodies hitting the ground. We absolutely watched these people getting gunned down from the shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. We couldn’t see the Mandalay Bay at all, the Mandalay Bay was behind us. … We did realize that they were being shots. We could hear the gunshots, coupled with what we heard, machine gun fire downstairs, we knew that it was an active shooter situation. We actually went down to the lobby to see if we could find out more.” He said when the elevator doors opened to the lobby, “the air just reeked of gunpowder. Crowds of people were running to the elevators trying to escape.”

Videos taken by concertgoers at the festival show people screaming and running as multiple gunshots can be heard. A witness says it sounded like a “machine gun.” In the video one person can be heard yelling, “get down,” while another shouts, “stay down” as shots ring out.

People tend to the wounded outside the Route 91 Harvest Country music festival grounds after an apparent shooting on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Police said in the initial radio dispatches that shots were fired and it sounded like it was coming from an “automatic” weapon. “We have an active shooter inside the fairgrounds,” the officer said:

See more photos and videos from the shooting here:


5. Mandalay Bay & Other Hotels Remain Locked Down

People at the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel reported that the casino was being evacuated.

Several roads in the area were being shut down and police were telling people in the area to barricade inside.

Other hotels were also being shut down with guests barricading themselves inside rooms, according to social media reports. Officers, including several SWAT units, were searching the hotels and responding to multiple calls of reported shooters that turned out to be false, according to scanner reports.

“There has been multiple, multiple phone calls and accusations, or conjecture coming through social media that there are multiple shooters at other resorts, that has been proven to be false,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. “Additionally there has been accusations or beliefs there is some explosives going off. That is also fault. The only explosive in this event was from our SWAT team breaching the room.”

Those who are in lock down at casinos and other locations along the strip are being asked to stay where they are.

“I still want them to shelter in place,” Lombardo said. “They will be contacted by first responders and they will advise them when they are free to go. It is better to shelter in place than to be unaware.”

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to police, there are multiple shooting scenes on the Las Vegas Boulevard in the area of the Mandalay Bay casino. Police were investigating at least three locations, according to scanner reports. Multiple calls were being made reporting shots fired at several other locations in the hour after the initial calls, but people there, including police officers, were not hearing the shots. Officers believe the calls were possibly being made as a diversion.

Police were also investigating an SUV with a possible suspicious device inside on Las Vegas Boulevard. And officers were searching the suspect’s home.

Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Flights at the Las Vegas airport were being held as a precaution.

Police added, “Please avoid heading to the south end of the (Las Vegas) Strip. Las Vegas (Boulevard) is shut down at Tropicana, southbound past Russell (Road) at this time. … I15 Freeway is closed to traffic at this time from Tropicana to Russel Road. Again, please avoid the area.”

The FBI and ATF are also at the scene, according to reports. But they have not taken over the investigation at this time, ABC News reports.

Police have asked anyone with cell phone or other videos from the shooting to provide them to investigators. “Anybody that may have cell phone video or any type of video associated with this event that would be a benefit to the investigation, please respond to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters at 400 South Martin Luther King and we will take custody of that video. Please bring that down to the headquarters.”

Family members can go to a “family retreat area” to help locate loved ones at the headquarters. Anyone looking for information about family members can call 1-866-535-5654.

The White House said in a statement that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting.

“The President has been briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. We are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials. All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Trump then tweeted:

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval tweeted, “A tragic & heinous act of violence has shaken the #Nevada family. Our prayers are w/ the victims & all affected by this act of cowardice.”

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If I thought of flying fish at all, what came to mind was the line from a Rudyard Kipling poem, “On the road to Mandalay where the flying fishes play.”

I had this notion that they were exotic fishes from a faraway Asian sea.

I found out how wrong I was when Robert Jeffers sent this photo of a little flying fish that he and his wife found flopping around on the beach at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach.

The two were riding bikes on the beach when they saw the little one just beyond the water’s edge.

“As we approached it to toss it back into the water, we were surprised to see that it was a flying fish,” Jeffers said.

When I read up on the critters at National Geographic’s website, I learned that there are several species of flying fishes and they are found round the world.

They can grow up to 18 inches long, so Jeffers’ little one could have been a juvenile.

Boaters on the open ocean have seen many flying fish gliding over the water, sometimes jumping high enough to even land on a boat.

Their streamlined shape and fins that act like wings help the fish get airborne.

Flying fish are tasty prey for big game fish like tuna and marlin and their “flying” ability helps them elude these swift predators.

This little one may have “flown” onto the beach as it lifted up and away from the jaws of a big hungry fish.

Jeffers and his wife took a couple of photos and then returned the critter to the ocean.

“It disappeared into the waves, so it seemed like a successful rescue,” he said.

Mary Reid Barrow, barrow1@cox.net

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