Stephen Paddock, 64, allegedly opened fire from a 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Bay Hotel into a crowded Vegas music festival, killing at least 50 people, and injuring over 400. The attack took place on the final night of the Route 91 Harvest festival attended by 22,000 people.
Paddock was the owner of a $400,000 property in an upscale retirement community, and had no criminal record. He lived with Marilou Danley, 62, and police say they do not believe Paddock was connected to any militant group. They believe it was a “lone wolf” attack.
ISIS, however, claim otherwise.
“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed on Monday that Paddock was acting on behalf of the group, but offered no evidence,” CBS News reported. “The terror group said in a statement released by its pseudo-news agency Amaq, citing anonymous sources, that Paddock converted to Islam several months ago and carried out the attack in response to calls to target states of the coalition’ battling ISIS.”
Paddock’s brother, Eric, spoke of being shocked to learn his brother was the suspected shooter. He said Paddock wasn’t an avid gunman, had no military background, no religious affiliation, and no political affiliation. He described his brother’s life as an open book, on public record.
Interestingly, a witness said that 45 minutes before the shooting, a strange woman entered the crowd with a man and screamed: “They’re all around… You’re all going to f***ing die today!”
From The DailyMail.com
Witness Breanna Hendricks, who was in Vegas celebrating her 21st birthday, said: ‘There was a lady who came running up behind us in the concert and she started to play with people’s hair acting crazy and she told us that we’re all going to f***ing die.
‘She said they’re all around us and we were going to die,’ continued Hendricks, whose mom Shawn Hendricks also witnessed the startling altercation.
‘She was Hispanic, probably about 5ft 5, brown hair. It felt like she had knowledge of what was about to happen, her and her boyfriend who was also Hispanic.
‘The woman was saying her boyfriend couldn’t breathe so they could get through the crowd.
‘It seemed she was telling us to either warn us or she was part of it and she was telling us because she knew we were going to die, it was so scary.’
As for Stephen Paddock, the police found him dead on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel among an arsenal of weapons.
Pres. Trump offered condolences to the victims, and their families.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
This is being called the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. We will update details as more evidence comes to light.
Main photo: Stephen Paddock with Marilou Danley