Massacre on the Las Vegas Strip; More than 50 Dead; Shooter Killed

By Chris Ariens 

The TV news networks broke in in the overnight hours after news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas.

A gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from his 32nd floor hotel room in the Mandalay Bay firing on the Harvest Festival concert which was happening in an open area across the Las Vegas Strip. About 22,000 people were attending the outdoor event.

The gunfire broke out just after 10 p.m. PT. Police made their way to Paddock’s room. He’d already killed more than 50 people. 400 others were transported to local hospitals. Paddock killed himself as authorities closed in.

Eyewitnesses have been sharing their stories all morning on cable and broadcast news which began coverage in the overnight hours.

CNN International, simulcast on CNN, was on with first reports at 1:49 a.m. ET. MSNBC was on at 1:57 a.m. with anchor Dara Brown. NBC began a simulcast of MSNBC at 3 a.m. Fox News began coverage just before 3 a.m. with anchor Kelly Wright.

ABC News broke in with a special report at approximately 2:20 a.m. At 4:03 a.m. chief anchor George Stephanopoulos began anchoring and Robin Roberts joined at 7 a.m. NBC News’ special report began at 5 a.m. and has been anchored by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. They will stay on the air until 2 p.m. E.T.

CBS News has been on live since 5:30 a.m., and will remain on until at least 10 a.m.

Lester Holt will anchor NBC Nightly News from Las Vegas.

NBC News correspondents Joe Fryer and Steve Patterson are reporting from the ground and Chris Jansing, Miguel Almaguer and Catie Beck are traveling to Las Vegas. Correspondents Pete Williams, Peter Alexander and Tom Costello are joining from Washington, D.C.

For ABC, anchor David Muir will anchor a special edition of the broadcast from Las Vegas. Chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross is contributing from New York. Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas is contributing from Washington. Senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega reporting from the White House. Correspondents Matt Gutman and Linsey Davis are live in Las Vegas.

For CBS, Gayle King, Jeff Glor, and Bianna Golodrya are anchoring. CBS News correspondents John Blackstone and Carter Evans have been reporting live from Las Vegas. DeMarco Morgan and Anna Werner are enroute. Jeff Pegues and Margaret Brennan are reporting from Washington with CBS News senior national security analyst Fran Townsend and CBS News law enforcement analyst Paul Viollis contributing.

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy and correspondent Jillian Mele will be live from Las Vegas tomorrow morning. Correspondents Adam Housley, Jonathan Hunt, Trace Gallagher, Claudia Cowan and Lauren Blanchard are reporting from Las Vegas.