Gunman Opens Fire on a Country Music Festival in Las Vegas

The Background 

Horrific details continued to pour out of Las Vegas yesterday, after a gunman killed at least 59 and injured more than 500 others at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday night. The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada. Paddock had checked into the Mandalay Bay hotel on Thursday with at least 23 firearms, including 10 rifles and two devices that allowed him to deploy semi-automatic gunfire. As it stands, two Canadians were killed and another two were injured in the attack. Global News

What Else You Need to Know

Despite ISIS claiming that Paddock had converted to Islam “months ago” and that the group was responsible for the attack, the FBI says that they haven’t found a connection between the two. Police questioned a woman thought to be tied to the attack, but later determined she was out of the country and wasn’t involved in any way. Authorities are still trying to determine Paddock’s motive, and it’s still unclear whether he committed suicide before authorities breached his hotel room or after (or if he was killed by police).

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