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November 14, 2017

The Las Vegas Shootings—Underscoring Key Features of the Firearm Epidemic

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Disaster & Extreme Event Preparedness, Comprehensive Drug Research Center, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Donald Soffer Clinical Research Center, Miami, Florida
  • 2Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, Oslo, Norway
  • 3School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2017;318(18):1753-1754. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16420

On the evening of October 1, 2017, at the close of the 3-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, a shooter, who had transported an arsenal of 23 firearms to his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel overlooking the venue, smashed out 2 windows and repeatedly raked the concertgoers below with indiscriminate bursts of semiautomatic weapons fire. The death toll from this rampage shooting climbed to 59 gunshot fatalities (58 gunshot victims and 1 shooter suicide), the highest single-shooter incident in US history and second only to the 2011 shooting massacre that resulted in 69 deaths in Utøya Island, Norway.

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