Terrorist Kills 59, Injures 527 in Worst Mass Shooting in Modern U.S. History
Update: This post has been updated to reflect a new death toll and number of people injured. On Sunday night, a gunman opened fire on the crowded Las Vegas strip killing 59 people and injuring 527 others. The death toll makes the mass shooting the deadliest in modern U.S. history.
According to reports, the terrorist has been identified as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Mesquite, Nevada. Police say Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Initial reports indicated police had killed Paddock in the hotel room, but the Associated Press confirmed early Monday that Paddock had shot himself prior to police entering the room.
No known motive has been determined for the terrorist act. On Monday morning, President Donald Trump sent condolences to the victims in a tweet. “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you,” wrote the president.
BREAKING: Police: Las Vegas shooter killed himself prior to their entry into his hotel room.— The Associated Press (@AP) October 2, 2017
With the death toll, the Las Vegas shooting becomes the deadliest in U.S. history, surpassing the horrific events at Pulse nightclub in 2014, when terrorist Omar Mateen killed 49 and wounded 58 others in Orlando. What are your thoughts on gun control? Could this tragedy have been prevented with strict gun control? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017