Las Vegas shooting: ISIS referred to shooter Stephen Paddock by the nom de guerre Abu Abd al-Barr al-Amriki. Reportedly, Paddock answered a call to arms by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
It came as big unfortunate news to everyone when shooting incident in Las Vegas claimed several lives and left more than 500 injured. By Monday afternoon, 59 victims were dead and 527 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. The gunman, identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64- year-old retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself before officers stormed Room 135 in the gold-colored glass skyscraper. According to a report in The Telegraph of UK, the Islamic State terror group has claimed that Stephen Paddock converted to Islam a few months ago. The ISIS made this claim through its official Amaq news channel, The Telegraph report added. Moreover, the report says that in a statement ISIS referred to Paddock by the nom de guerre Abu Abd al-Barr al-Amriki. Reportedly, Paddock answered a call to arms by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The motive for the attack remained a mystery. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says, “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath at this point.”
Paddock had 23 guns, some with scopes, in his hotel room, authorities said. They found two gun stocks that allow the shooter to replicate fully automatic fire, and are investigating whether weapons used in the massacre had those modifications, according to a US official briefed by law enforcement who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still unfolding, as per a PTI report.
While some concertgoers hit the ground Sunday night, others pushed for the crowded exits, shoving through narrow gates and climbing over fences as 40- to 50-round bursts of fire rained down on them from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel.
Before Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in June 2016, when a gunman who professed support for Muslim extremist groups opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people.
A suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people in May. Almost 90 people were killed in 2015 at a concert in Paris by gunmen inspired by the Islamic State.