Las Vegas Shooting

Las Vegas Shooting

By Erin Archer

 

The United States has suffered another mass shooting tragedy, where so far 59 people have died and over 500 people injured, when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.

The Facts

The shooting began at 10:08pm Sunday (local time) after the gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, 14 months after the deadly shooting spree in Florida.

Police have identified the suspect as Stephen Paddock a 64 year old local man and they believe he shot and killed himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.

At least 17 guns were found in his hotel room, according to official statements.

Police have found no evidence of a motive behind the killings, and no link to international terrorism, despite a claim of responsibility from Islamic State.

 

America’s Response

US president Donald Trump has condemned the attack, and called the actions of Paddock “evil”, and declared the country would rally together in the face of the latest act of senseless violence.

“We are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief … it was an act of pure evil.

“Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence.” Mr Trump said.

 

However even in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said now isn’t the time to talk about gun control.

While she was emotional when speaking to the media about the victims, she said “there’s a time and place for a political debate… it would be premature for us to discuss policy.”

 

Nevada has some of the most permissive gun laws in the United States. It does not require firearm owners to obtain licenses or register their guns.

Thousands of people including many politicians and celebrities have lashed out at the governments decision to do nothing about changing gun laws, with many paying tribute on social media.

“It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something,” said US Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut.

 

 

Australian Companion

Local police believe Paddock acted alone, however a search was initially mounted for Australian woman Marilou Danley, who shared Paddock’s home. She was later found outside the US and questioned by police.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said they believed she had no connection to the shooting, however investigations will continue.

 

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