IS claim Las Vegas attack, FBI say no international terror group involved
Oct 2, Washington DC: Although IS has taken claim for the Las Vegas massacre today that left 58 people dead and injured hundreds more, the FBI say that the perpetrator had no connections to international terrorist groups.
“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” Reuters cited the Amaq, IS-affiliated website. “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”
The terrorist group did not name the attacker but claimed that he “executed the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition.” However, no proof was provided to back the terrorists' claims.The attacker did not affiliate himself with any political or religious group, the brother of the gunman, Eric Paddock, from Orlando, said.
“No religious affiliation. No political affiliation,” he told CBS News.Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities believe it was a “lone wolf” attack.
US security agencies are assessing the IS claim but have not verified it. Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., shot himself in his Mandalay Bay hotel room on the 32nd floor, where he had been staying since Thursday, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.
“We believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry,” Lombardo said.
Police found a cache of 10 rifles in his room, Lombardo said, adding that it was unclear how he managed to keep the weapons from being discovered by housekeeping staff.
Meanwhile, the woman who had been sought in connection with the shooting has been cleared, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Marilou Danley is no longer being sought out as a person of interest,” Las Vegas police said about the 62-year-old woman, who has been living with Paddock in a retirement community.
“LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip,” police said in a statement.
Authorities are continuing to look for a Hyundai Tucson with the Nevada license plate 114 B40, the paper reported.
At least 406 people were taken to hospitals after the massacre, Lombardo said in a morning press briefing.
Among the killed was an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, whose name was not immediately released.
Two on-duty officers also were hurt. One of those has been upgraded from critical to stable condition, officials said.
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