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In pictures: The panic, chaos and aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting

As the death toll rises in the worst mass shooting in US history, photos are emerging of the destruction and tragedy of how the events unfolded.

At least 59 people have been killed and more than 500 injured after Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on a crowd at a Las Vegas country music festival.

Police said Paddock, a retired accountant, killed himself before a SWAT team entered his room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel overlooking the festival venue.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo law enforcement were working four separate crime scenes: Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay hotel, the concert venue, the gunman's house in Mesquite, and another house he owns in northern Nevada which a SWAT team was poised to raid.

Here are some of the photos of the chaos and the aftermath:

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Reported Shooting At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas
People run for cover after gun fire was heard at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Reported Shooting At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas
People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The photographer witnessed the man help the woman up and they walked away.
A man lays on top of a woman as others flee. A photographer later witnessed the man and woman get up and walk away.
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Mass Shooting At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers run down Tropicana Ave near Las Vegas Boulevard after the shooting.
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A woman cries while hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a mass shooting in which dozens were killed at the Route 91 Harvest country festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.
A woman cries while hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a mass shooting in which dozens were killed at the Route 91 Harvest country festival.
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Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Debris is strewn through the scene of a mass shooting at a music festival near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Debris is strewn through the scene of a mass shooting at a music festival near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct 2, 2017.
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People light candles at the Ascend Amphitheater for a vigil honoring the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 2, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. At least 58 people were killed and 500 wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
People light candles at the Ascend Amphitheater for a vigil honouring the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 2, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, wife Karen Pence and White House staff take part in a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings, on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2017.
(L-R)US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, wife Karen Pence and White House staff take part in a moment of silence.
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Mass Shooting At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo updates the death toll to 59 killed and 527 injured during a press conference at the Metropolitan Police Department.
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