by Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project:
Las Vegas, NV – The gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting, who opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival — which is now being called the deadliest mass shooting in US history — has been identified as Stephen Paddock.
The shooting rampage left at least 58 dead and 515 injured, according to the latest report from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
The shooter, Stephen Paddock, is a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, who opened fire on concert-goers located in a fairgrounds area on Las Vegas Boulevard from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
SWAT officers responded to the hotel room and used an explosive breach to enter the room and engage the suspect, but believe that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound prior to officers gaining access to the room.
In spite of the myriad of conspiracy theories and fake photos and motives posted online, Police do not yet have a motive and Paddock’s motivation is unknown.
Although ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, without evidence, police claim that Paddock has no known ties to any terrorist organization, according to NBC.
Here is what we know about the shooter thus far.
1. Police Do Not Believe This Was an Act of Terror ‘At this point’ & Called Paddock a ‘Local Individual’
Police said the shooter was a “local individual” who was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel just outside the concert area. Authorities report that Paddock died inside the hotel room after a police SWAT team used an explosive breach to blow open the door and then attempted engaged with him. Police believe that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound prior to officers gaining access to the room.
Although ISIS has attempted to take responsibility for the attack, Sheriff Joe Lombardo, when asked by a reporter if the shooting was an “act of terrorism,” said “no, not at this point. We believe it was a local individual. He resides here locally. I’m not at liberty to give you his place of residence yet, because it’s an ongoing investigation, we don’t know what his belief system was at this time. … Right now we believe he is the sole aggressor at this point and the scene is static.”
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