LAS VEGAS (CBS/AP) – Former Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin escaped the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history unharmed.
Timlin and his friends were among the 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel across the street.
Investigators say more than 50 people were killed and more than 400 were hurt.
“Was at the #route91harvest please pray for all who have been wounded. All my group is ok,” Timlin tweeted.
Timlin, who pitched for the Red Sox from 2003 to 2008, told Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald Monday he’s not ready to talk about the attack just yet, saying the focus should be on the victims and survivors.
Authorities identified the gunman as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Investigators said he is believed to have checked into the hotel as a guest and he was dead in the 32nd floor room when they arrived. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said they believe Paddock killed himself and that 10 rifles were found in the room.
A law enforcement source told CBS News a search warrant has been issued for Paddock’s home in a retirement community in nearby Mesquite, Nevada. Police there told CBS Paddock hadn’t had any run-ins with law enforcement. He wasn’t a veteran, Mesquite police added.
Asked if authorities think the shooting was an act of terrorism, Lombardo replied, “No. Not at this point. … We don’t know what his belief system was at this time.”
There is no word yet on a motive.
Authorities say they have located 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was wanted as a person of interest in the attack. Law enforcement sources told CBS News that Danley was Paddock’s wife.
Country music star Jason Aldean was in the middle of his performance on stage when the bullets rained down on the crowd. He posted on Instagram hours later, calling the shooting “beyond horrific.”
Aldean and his crew were not hurt.
For families looking to locate missing loved ones, Las Vegas Police say you should call 1-866-535-5654.
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