Late last night, the worst mass-shooting in American history took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. On the Vegas strip, from the 32nd floor windows of the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on and killed an estimated 59 people and injured over 500 more.
The shooting took place at a Country music festival in an area opposite the hotel. Initially, police reported that the shooter had been “taken down,” but later reports suggest that Paddock killed himself as the police and SWAT entered his hotel room.
Paddock is reportedly a Mesquite, Nevada resident. Presently, the internet is on fire with various factions each claiming that he represented another side of the political divide. Those on the right are suggesting that he is an anti-Trump protestor, while those on the left are claiming he is an NRA terrorist.
No official version has yet been released, and fresh reports are muddying the waters further. According to all major news networks, ISIS has claimed responsibility for Paddock’s actions stating that he had “converted to Islam months ago.”
None of these claims have been verified or confirmed in any way, by any of the state Security agencies.
President Donald Trump has made an official statement offering condolences to those affected and the nation:
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) October 2, 2017
Part of the reason for the amount of confusion online is that the incident has been reported in so many different ways.
Initially, it was reported that there were two deaths, 14 critically injured people, and about a dozen other injuries; with potentially three suspects. Later this was upgraded to 20 deaths and almost 200 hundred injured. It was not until several hours later that the most recent figures of 59 deaths and over 500 injured came out.
The fires of conspiracy are being stoked by other videos that are emerging, including this one:
The woman claims that she was told 45 minutes before the incident that “you’re all going to die tonight.”
While it is important not to create more theories when the facts are not known, the misreporting of events (from 2 deaths to 59) has caused many on the web to suggest that this is a “false flag operation.”
Many are calling Stephen Paddock a “terrorist.” This will certainly turn out to be the case under Nevada law (who have a slightly different legal definition), but not under the Federal law based on the present information.
No information has yet been given regarding the motivation for the Las Vegas shooting. What has been reported, so far about the named shooter, Stephen Paddock;
- He was known to local law enforcement, but details have not yet been released.
- Former employee of Lockheed Martin.
- He was a licensed pilot.
- Police executed a search warrant on his Mesquite residence.
- The female “person of interest” has been located and was out of the country at the time of the shooting.
This article will be updated as new information becomes available.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.