BREAKING NEWS: Gunman opens fire from Reno high-rise: Police shoot and kill man who was firing onto downtown streets from block where Vegas mass killer owned an apartment

  • Shooter opened fire on Tuesday night from apartment block in Reno, Nevada
  • He held a female hostage in room as police surrounded building and negotiated
  • SWAT team managed to kill the gunman before he injured anyone, police said
  • Incident is a chilling echo of Las Vegas attack which killed 58 people in October
  • Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock owned apartment in block used by shooter?

A gunman has been killed by a SWAT team after opening fire from an eighth-floor apartment in Reno in a chilling echo of the Las Vegas attack.

Police rushed to the luxury downtown apartment block after receiving reports of sporadic shots from an 'elevated position' on Tuesday night.

They surrounded the building and 'contained' the gunman while they negotiated with him as he held a woman hostage.

Officers then reported the man was 'deceased' and the threat was gone, before confirming he had been shot dead. There were no reports of injuries.?

A gunman has been killed by police after opening fire from an apartment block (pictured) in Reno, Nevada
Police cars are seen near the scene of a shooting in Reno

A gunman has been killed by police after opening fire from an apartment block in Reno, Nevada. This video was taken from across the street at the Whitney Park Hotel

The female hostage in the room with the shooter was able to get out unharmed.?

It is thought she was the first person to call police but it is not known if she knew the gunman.??

Police did not name the shooter but described him as a young adult.?

The shooter failed to hit anyone in the quiet streets outside the Montage high-rise block.

The block is surrounded by some of downtown Reno's most popular casinos, and the gunfire brought eerie echoes of the Las Vegas shooting two months earlier that killed 58 on October 1.

Stephen Paddock, the man who opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino onto an outdoor concert below, had owned a unit at the Montage. Records show he sold the property in December 2016.?

Law enforcement block downtown Reno, Nevada, streets during an active shooter response at the Montage apartment building

Law enforcement block downtown Reno, Nevada, streets during an active shooter response at the Montage apartment building

A female hostage in the room with the suspect was able to get out unharmed. Pictured: Police cars race to the scene

A female hostage in the room with the suspect was able to get out unharmed. Pictured: Police cars race to the scene

'When you heard it's coming from above it reminds you of the guy shooting from Mandalay Bay,' said Mike Pavicich, who was in town on business from Las Vegas and was standing atop a parking garage at the neighboring Eldorado Resort Casino when the shots rang out.

'It's scary, you know?' Pavicich told the Review-Journal. 'This is the same kind of town.'

The building was once a casino itself before it was converted into luxury condos, according to its website.

Trooper Chris Kelley of the Nevada Highway Patrol told the Reno Gazette-Journal that shots were heard from the building for at least 20 minutes, and TV news reporters said they heard several shots after arriving, though the shots were sporadic, not constant.

Sixty-four-year-old Paddock modified an AR-15 to loose a stream of constant bullets like an automatic weapon in the attack at Las Vegas, which is 450 miles south.

Sparks Police Department wrote on Twitter: 'Officer involved shooting in downtown Reno earlier this evening stemming from an active shooter incident.?

'Suspect deceased & no threat to the public. Regional OIS Protocol is enacted. Sparks Police leading the investigation. Investigators on scene. Sparks PIO to release info soon.'?

Officers then reported that the man was 'detained' and the threat was gone, before later confirming officers had shot him dead

Officers then reported that the man was 'detained' and the threat was gone, before later confirming officers had shot him dead

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