From a perch in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, a lone gunman armed with a large cache of weapons opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd of concert goers. In the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, 64-year old Stephen Paddock killed at least 59 peopl
Becker’s ability and effort as a trained photojournalist matter because there was no one else on the ground photographing the tragedy. By deliberately pointing his camera at a subject, he constructed a story in a way that rapidly panning video did not and could not. His image of a man lying on of a woman is like the bizarro world version of Rich Lam’s image from the 2011 Stanley Cup.
Photographer David Becker while covering the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas captures the terror of the deadliest mass shooting to date
“After capturing photographs of the final act of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, I headed back to the media tent to start filing my photographs. After about 5 to 10 minutes I heard very loud popping sounds and I went outside to see what was happening and a security guy said it was just firecrackers, so I went back to work. The second time I heard the popping sounds, somebody said to me, “It was just speakers or sound equipment,” and again, I went back into the media tent. Then the noises went again, and that was when the crowd started to flee.