and more than 500 others sustained injuries after a during a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
Gunfire erupted just after 10 p.m. Sunday during the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, which was being held across from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Authorities say the suspect — who was later identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada — was found dead in a hotel room and is believed to have acted alone.
While the, fake information quickly began to spread online in wake of the tragedy.
Here are some of the hoaxes that are circulating on social media:
Several Twitter users falsely identified a man named Samir Al-Hajeed as the gunman wanted in connection with the mass shooting. However, it appears that the man holding the gun in the photo is actually comedian Sam Hyde, who has been falsely accused in the aftermath of other attacks, including theand San Bernardino shootings. It remains unclear why social media users repeatedly circulate Hyde’s photo after mass shootings.