Las Vegas police have confirmed that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed himself when officers stormed his hotel room. While ISIS has claimed responsibility for the shooting and stated that Paddock converted to Islam a few months ago, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that there is no evidence suggesting that the shooter was a terrorist.
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Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated on Monday that over 50 people were killed and at least 406 were injured in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino shooting. While ISIS has claimed responsibility for the shooting and stated that the shooter converted to Islam a few months ago, the police department announced that there is no evidence suggesting that the shooter was a terrorist.
According to the initial investigation into the shooting, which has been deemed the deadliest mass shooting in America’s modern history, the shooter, 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, committed suicide when police officers stormed the 32nd-floor hotel room from where he opened fire. Police are still searching his home, which is on the other side of the state.
Stephen Paddock Photo Credit: Sky News/Reuters/Channel 2 News
The woman who was initially a person of interest has been questioned by officers over the phone and it appears that she was not involved in Paddock’s shooting spree. “Marilou Danley is no longer being sought out as a person of interest,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated. “LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip.” Lombardo said that Paddock apparently used Danley’s identification during his stay at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Outside the hotel Photo Credit: EPA-EFE
Eric Paddock, the shooter’s brother, said that his family is in shock. “Mars just fell into the earth,” he told NBC News. “We’re completely dumbfounded.” According to Eric, his brother was “just a guy” who was retired. “We are completely at a loss,” he added.
Following the shooting, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”