2018 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Massacre in Las Vegas


David Becker

01 October, 2017

A man lies protectively on top of a woman, as others flee shooting, after a gunman opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas, USA.

Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 wounded when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of around 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Paddock fired for ten minutes from a suite on the 32nd floor of the hotel. Paddock killed himself in his hotel room after the shooting. Twenty-three guns were found in his room, some of which had been specially adapted to mimic fully automatic weapons, firing 400 to 800 rounds per minute. Paddock had no criminal record, and no motive was established for the massacre.

About the photographer

David Becker

He attended Moorpark College and California State University, Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photojournalism. After freelancing at several Los Angele...

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