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ISIS Takes Credit for Las Vegas Shooting, But Doesn’t Provide Proof


On Monday, ISIS tried to take credit for what may be the worst mass shooting in U.S. history but they didn’t provide proof.

The sheriff’s office says 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire at a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and sending 515 to the hospital. He was reportedly found dead, possibly by suicide.

The incident remains under investigation. Authorities don’t have much to say about Paddock right now. As of Monday morning, they haven’t announced anything about an alleged motive. An FBI agent says they haven’t discovered any links between Paddock and international terrorism.

“We have determined to this point no connection with the international terrorist group,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse said in a press conference on Monday.

Up to this point, the most violent mass shooting in U.S. history happened at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016. Police identified the shooter as Omar Mateen. He pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call, but investigators say he had no real links to the organization overseas.

Update, Oct. 2 – 11:00 a.m.: This article clarified that authorities have yet to suggest a motive behind the shooting, or announce whether the suspect had ties to terrorism.

Update – 11:48 a.m.: The death toll has been updated.

Update – 1:01 p.m.: Added a quote from Rouse saying the FBI hasn’t established any links between Paddock and international terrorism.

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