“We’re on the highway, getting out of Vegas,” was the brief response on messenger from Tony McDonald Monday afternoon, after what is being called the largest mass shooting in modern US history.
McDonald and friends from Inuvik were in Nevada on vacation since last week, when the trip took a tragic twist at Sunday evening’s Jason Aldean concert.
Concert-goers described witnessing death, chaos and terror during the mass shooting in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/B46mNRBvjf
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The lone gunman in Sunday night’s shooting that left 58 people dead in Las Vegas had no criminal history in Nevada. He has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, of Mesquite, Nev., a town one hour northeast of Las Vegas.
“I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath at this point,” Las Vegas Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters on Monday. He adds that a check of federal and state databases showed Paddock was simply not on law enforcement authorities’ radar.”
McDonald and his friends were still driving north to the Canadian border on Monday afternoon.