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Death toll rises in Las Vegas shooting as FBI refutes ISIS claims

October 2, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Death toll rises in Las Vegas shooting as FBI refutes ISIS claims

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Death toll from Las Vegas massacre rises to 58, no apparent connection to terror

Associated Press – Authorities in Nevada praised the response to the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert by police and healthcare workers.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says the death toll has risen to 58, with 515 people injured after a lone suspect opened fire with automatic weapons from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on a music festival.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

An FBI official attending the latest press conference refuted reports of ISIS claim of responsibility for the attack perpetrated by retired 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock.

Officials said Paddock took his own life as officers closed in on the suspect.

Hundreds of rounds of automatic gunfire were reported by witnesses on the scene; one woman in the Mandalay Bay said that there was a shooter on the 32nd floor, and that they had killed a security guard

The terror organization claimed Paddock recently converted to Islam, issuing that claim without confirmation via its news agency Amaq.

“We have determined to this point no connection with any international terror group,” the FBI rep said, adding that they “continue to investigate.

Meanwhile, Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a news conference Monday that he visited some of the victims in the hospital and that, “We’re angry, we’re grieving, we’re confused, people are hurting.”

Sandoval called the shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others Sunday night a cowardly, despicable act.

He and other local officials praised first responders, saying they saved scores of lives.

Las Vegas authorities are calling for blood donations and setting up a hotline to report missing people in the wake of a mass shooting that injured more than 400 people and killed 50 at a country music concert Sunday night.

Among the victims killed included an off-duty Las Vegas Police officer.

Officials said Monday that it would take time to identify all of the injured and dead in what was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The number to report missing people is (866) 535-5654. Police have also opened a “family reunification center” for people to find loved ones at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd.

Las Vegas police say anyone who wants to help can give blood at one of two locations in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson. A blood drive is also being planned.

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