Las Vegas shooting death toll rises to 59, Who were the shooters?

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At least 59 people were killed and 527 injured in Las Vegas Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino,

This is the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

Highlights

  • Local police have described the incident as an act of “domestic terrorism.”
  • The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack but the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has disputed the claim.
  • Donald Trump described the massacre as an “act of pure evil” but sidestepped calls for tighter gun laws.
  • In addition to gunshot wounds, victim suffered injuries from shrapnel, from climbing fences and from being trampled, said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell.
  • 23 firearms were found in shooter’s hotel suite

What about the ISIS claim?

The Islamic State claimed on Monday that the gunman was “a Soldier of the Islamic State,” but the group did not provide any evidence for its claim. The group has generally claimed violence carried out only by those directed by the terrorist group, or else by assailants who were inspired by their ideology.

Who was the Las Vegas mass shooter?

Stephen Paddock – named by police as the gunman who opened fire on a Las Vegas outdoor music concert from a 32nd-floor hotel room – had no criminal record and no history of mental illness.

Details about Paddock’s life and livelihood are sparse. Paddock and his three brothers were raised by their mother, who told the children that their father had died when in fact he was in prison. 

Stephen Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was sentenced in 1961 to 20 years for a string of bank robberies. He escaped from La Tuna federal prison, Texas, in 1968 and lived in hiding until 1978.

A “Wanted” poster for the elder Paddock warned that he was “diagnosed as psychopathic,” “reportedly has suicidal tendencies” and “should be considered armed and very dangerous.”

 

PHOTO: Map shows an aerial view of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, the surrounding areas and the vantage point the shooter had from the hotel.

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