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Las Vegas Shooting-What we know so far

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The Mandalay Bay Hotel where the shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel where the shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor.

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The Mandalay Bay Hotel where the shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor.

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On October 1, the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas was interrupted by gunfire.  According to CNN, fifty-eight people were fatally killed and over 500 were injured, leading to many calling this one of the “deadliest mass shootings in American history.”

The shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock. Police authorities say he opened fire on the crowd of people at a Jason Aldean concert from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort. At this point, authorities are not sure what his motives were, but think that he planned and acted alone. As more updates come, the Las Vegas Metropolitan police say that minutes before, Paddock had injured a security guard, Jesus Campos. Sources say that Paddock continued to shoot 9-11 minutes after the first 911 phone call. According to CNN, prior to the shooting, Paddock wired $100,000 to the Philippines. Who the money was sent to is not clear to authorities.

The shooting has reignited a recurring conversation about gun control and bump stocks, an attachment that can make a gun act like an automatic weapon. Many Michigan legislators spoke out afterwards, including Congressman Fred Upton.

“In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas it’s clear that we cannot with a straight face justify the legality of these tools that can so easily be manipulated to do unimaginable harm and are specifically designed to get around the automatic weapon ban. There is no place for them in a civil society. None,” he said. Upton and other lawmakers are working toward possibly putting a ban on bump stocks.

Authorities say they are continuing to search for Paddock’s motive. They believe this will give them some confirmation on why this happened and how to prevent more in the future. Law enforcement raided the shooter’s Nevada home on October 2 and found five handguns and ammunition.

“As I’ve said from day one, we want to figure out the why…and we’d like to know the motive,” Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo. “That is our most important goal.”

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-shooting-live-updates.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region&region=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-shooting-what-we-know/index.html
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/10/gun_control_vs_pro-gun_movemen.html

http://www.wsjm.com/2017/10/02/upton-las-vegas-attack-almost-defies-words/

https://upton.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398893

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