Hundreds of concert-goers fled the scene as automatic gunfire rang out. Getty Image

Two people admitted to the University Medical Center have died after a shooting near the Mandalay Bay Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

According to a hospital spokeswoman, Danita Cohen, at least 24 people are also wounded. Cohen also said twelve are in critical conditions.

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It was gathered that a gunman opened fire at an open-air country music festival at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the city’s strip.

Hundreds of people fled the scene and the sound of what appeared to be prolonged automatic gunfire could be heard on videos posted on social media.

Police said a suspect “was down”. There are reports of at least one other incident on the Las Vegas strip.

Parts of the area were shut down as armed police arrived at the scene of the attack on the Route 91 Harvest festival.

The shooting

The shooting took place at around 22:30 (05:30 GMT). Witnesses reported that hundreds of shots were fired.

A couple at the concert take cover after gunfire was heard at a country music festival. Getty Image

Some flights have been diverted from Las Vegas McCarran airport while the incident continues.

No additional shooters’

Meanwhile, the police said on Twitter they are not looking for additional shooters at this time. Earlier, they said one suspect “is down.”

Armed police are pictured outside Mandalay Bay hotel. Getty Images