The Islamic State claimed the gunman “converted to Islam several months ago.”
“While initial reports claimed Paddock was a recent convert to Islam, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said he had no knowledge of Paddock’s religious beliefs.” Police have taken the shooter’s companion into custody. She was living with Stephen in Mesquite. She is believed to be an Australian citizen of Indonesian heritage.[ Update: Reported as being Indonesian but now reported to be Filipino.]
At least 58 people were killed and more than 515 injured at the Route 91 country music event near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas Police Department confirmed that two off-duty police officers were among those killed. At least two on-duty officers were also injured. One was in a stable condition after surgery and another sustained minor injuries. It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, with the death toll surpassing the 49 killed at a nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.
The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency reported that the Las Vegas shooter is a “soldier” of the group and had converted to Islam months ago.
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Las Vegas shooting: Isis claims responsibility for deadliest gun massacre in US history
Terrorist group calls Stephen Paddock ‘a soldier of the Islamic State’
The Independent, October 2, 2017 (thanks to mark):
Isis has claimed responsibility for the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Police said at least 50 people were killed and 200 wounded when a gunman opened fire on dense crowds at a concert in Las Vegas.
Officials have identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old American who had multiple weapons on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, where he is believed to have killed himself.
A statement published by the group’s Amaq propaganda agency claimed the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State”.
“The Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State in response to calls to target coalition countries,” it said.
Isis also claimed the gunman “converted to Islam several months ago”, without providing more details.
The wording of the release is similar to other attacks that have been inspired, rather than directed, by Isis.
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