Sunday night just after 10:00 p.m. in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 attendees, killing at least 58, injuring more than 500. Suspect Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white male, shot at concert-goers from a 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Upon entering the hotel room, a SWAT team found the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. More than ten rifles were found on the scene.
Sadly this incident is measured as the deadliest mass shooting ever in the United States, surpassing the horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub that occurred June 12, 2016 and left 49 dead and 58 wounded in Orlando, Florida. The perpetrator of the Orlando tragedy, Omar Mateen, was a self-radicalized lone wolf with a well-documented history of behavior problems since childhood.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters investigators have not yet found “derogatory” information on the gunman. Police have searched Paddock’s residence in Mesquite, Nevada, where they have found “nothing out of the ordinary” regarding motivation for this attack. However more guns and ammunition were discovered. (Nevada is home to Clive Bundy and his family, as well as other adherents to the sovereign citizen movement and several militias.) After ISIS claimed responsibility for the carnage, the FBI stated the suspect is not connected to any international terror groups.
Law enforcement had been searching for Paddock’s roommate Marilou Danley, initially a person of interest. Danley is reportedly abroad and therefore now not believed to be part of the incident. Allegedly Paddock had used Danley’s ID to check into the hotel.
Of course @realDonaldTrump tweeted about the tragedy: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” We aren’t sure exactly what “warmest condolences” would be for someone whose loved one was gunned down. Trump stuck to teleprompter remarks (including a Christian invocation) during a White House press conference this morning.
Hillary Clinton expressed condolences and made a plea to “put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”