Shortly before midnight in Las Vegas at Route 91 Harvest Festival hundreds of shots rained down on innocent victims claiming the lives of at least 58 people and injuring at least 515 others. The crime became the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Addressing the nation, the President has ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of the victims.
The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on thousands of concertgoers who were gathered for the Route 91 Harvest country music festival that was taking place outside the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas, on Sunday evening. Paddock later killed himself as police entered his room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.
Stephen Paddock’s brother, Eric said that he was just a normal guy who must have ‘snapped’ before carrying out the worst mass shooting in American history.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Eric Paddock said that ‘something happened’ to make his brother Stephen kill at least 50 people and injure 200.
Eric said that there was ‘absolutely no indication he could do something like this’ and said that Stephen had no political or religious affiliation.
He said: ‘He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something’.
Speaking from his home in Orlando, Florida, Eric said: ‘We know absolutely nothing, this is just, we are dumbfounded.
According to USA Today, law enforcement found a “cache of weapons” in Paddock’s hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay. Law enforcement clarified which floor of the hotel he was shooting from and said they have not yet determined a motive for the attack:
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said officers determined the gunshots were coming from a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay complex on the Las Vegas Strip. Officers stormed the room and but the suspect was already dead.
“Right now, we believe it’s a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor,” Lombardo said. He said a motive for the shooting had not yet been determined.
At the time the shooting occurred, Jason Aldean was performing onstage. Aldean released a statement via Instagram:
Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate
Police from the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas say the suspect in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history lived there from 2004 to 2012. Quoted by the AP, Lt. Brian Parish says property records show Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, indicated he lived there during the period but that public records suggested he may have lived in the suburb longer. Parrish said Monday that Paddock owned at least three rental properties. Parrish also says Mesquite police have found no indications that officers had contact with Paddock.
Nevada police have said Parrish was most recently living in that state’s city of Mesquite near the state line with Arizona. Investigators searched the Nevada home. Officers in Mesquite, Nevada, also have said they had no contact with Paddock before the shooting.
It was also reported, that Paddock had made significant gambling payments in recent weeks. Officials say that Paddock’s payments were in the tens of thousands, but it was not clear whether those were losses or wins. His former neighbours in Florida, Don and Sharon Judy, said that Paddock was a “night owl” who spent his evenings gambling.
He did video gambling when he was here,” Mrs. Judy said. “He showed me one time on his iPhone how he had just won $20,000.” She added that he said he “gambled for a living”.
Separately, as some have noted, Paddock’s father – Benjamin Paddock – was a convicted bank robber and on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted” list after escaping from prison in 1968 and on the run for 10 years.
According to the latest update from Las Vegas police, the number of dead has risen to 58, while at least 515 have been injured.
“The number of people who have died associated with this event has increased. Right now we’re using the number of 58,” Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters. “The number of injured – we are using the number of 515.”
Lombardo also said that the police have completed their investigation of the shooter’s room on the 32nd floor, and that people could return to Mandalay Bay. The hotel is back open for guests except the 32nd floor.
Separately, an FBI spokesman at the press conference said that “we have determined no connection with an international terrorist group” eyeing the earlier claim by ISIS that the attack was by one of its “soldiers.”
Condemning the shooting, in his address to the nation from Washington, President Trump said thanked the first responders for their quick reaction, saying the attack “was an act of pure evil” and that “our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence” even as “hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the loss of a loved one.”
The president ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff:
“We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”
“Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve.”
Trump also said that he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday after his Tuesday Puerto Rico trip.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families of the victims in Las Vegas who were involved in the deadliest mass shooting in the US.
God Bless America!
H/T Zero Hedge
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