The Largest Mass Casualty Shooting In U. S. History Happens In Las Vegas Nevada
Mark Skogman Senior Reporter Spectrum 360 Media
2017 October 02 Monday Las Vegas, Nevada U. S. A. Last update: 2017 Oct. 02 Mon. 16:18
On the evening of Sunday, 01 October, 2017 the largest mass shooting in U. S. history happened in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reports of shots fired started coming in to Las Vegas Police about 10:08PM local time (Pacific Daylight Time). Initial reports from Las Vegas indicate the casualties include 50 or more dead and 400 or more injured, many of the injured have gun shot wounds. The name of the suspect is Stephen Craig Paddock, age 64, of Mesquite, Nevada. The suspect apparently acted alone and is dead at this time, as he apparently committed suicide shortly before local police assaulted his location at 11:20PM, an hour and 20 minutes after the first shooting report to police. Las Vegas area law enforcement broke into the 32nd floor Mandalay Bay hotel room that he used as the sniping location to shoot automatic weapons fire at the approximately 22,000 concert attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Festival within shooting distance of the hotel. Two hotel room windows were broken out so that the shooter could fire on the crowd. Jason Aldean was the country music musician playing on stage as the shooting started.
Many injured people have been transported to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, a Level One trauma center. Several deaths have been confirmed and the death number as of Monday afternoon was confirmed to be 58 or more people with over 500 people transported with injuries.
Paddock was a former employee of a defense contractor, the Lockheed- Martin Corporation and was retired. He had lived in Florida and moved back to the Las Vegas area about 2 years ago, reportedly due to allergies and was a frequent visitor to Las Vegas and downtown casinos. Recent large cash transactions by the alleged gunman in excess of $10,000 have been documented but it is unclear if they are gambling winnings or losses or if they are directly tied to this attack. Ten guns have been identified as being in the hotel room used by the shooter, who had no significant police record. Rifles chambered in .223 (also known as mini- 14) and .308 calibers have been found that are associated with the alleged killer. The father of the apparent shooter has a criminal history including a prison escape in 1968 and remained a fugitive until being re- captured in 1978. Eric Paddock, the shooter’s brother and Florida resident gave a statement to media and described his brother as not a criminal and “just a guy”. Paddock’s residence in Mesquite was searched and secured earlier today.
U. S. President Trump tweeted a condolence to the victims and families at about 04:00AM today. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee- Sanders conducted a press conference today and at 2:15PM Eastern Time refused to answer any questions about gun policy or gun control, brushing off multiple gun related questions from reporters. At 02:41PM, President Trump and Vice President Pence with spouses and White House staff including Marine guards conducted a moment of silence for the victims of this tragedy on the White House lawn in front of the Truman balcony.
The Middle Eastern terrorist organization, Isis issued a statement stating it was responsible for the attack. This appears to have no credibility at all at this time.
For information on relatives or friends that may have been involved in this incident and their location call 866-535-5654. To contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F. B. I.) with evidence related to the shooting call 800-225-5324.
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