At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured Sunday night after an armed man opened fire on attendees of a concert on the popular Las Vegas Strip.
The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, police said. As police prepared to storm his hotel room, Paddock committed suicide by turning one of the guns on himself.
His brother Eric Paddock stated for CNN that Stephen had absolutely no mental problems or political motives that the family was aware of. The Islamic State claimed that Paddock was one of its soldiers, but did not provide any evidence of its claim. The FBI said there was no evidence so far that Paddock had ties to any international terrorist organization, and relatives said he had not displayed strong political or ideological beliefs in their interactions with him.
According to officials and international media, additional 18 firearms, explosives and several thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at the suspect’s home in Mesquite, Nevada.
Mourners are handed out electric candles during a candlelight vigil at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for victims of Las Vegas mass shooting: Photo: EPA/EUGENE GARCIA
Student mourners console each other during a candlelight vigil at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for victims of Las Vegas mass shooting, Photo: EPA/EUGENE GARCIA
US President Donald Trump tweeted his warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. In his televised address from Monday US President called the shooting "an act of pure evil" and stressed that Americans are joined in sadness, shock and grief at the attack - the deadliest mass shooting in modern history. Trump did not make any mention of possible motives for the shooting.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence and and his wife Karen Pence, prepare to hold a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting; Photo: EPA/