ISIS Insists Vegas Shooter was a 'Soldier of the Caliphate'

Published October 4th, 2017 - 08:50 GMT
Police have yet to make any official statements regarding a possible motive for the massacre, which saw Paddock barricade himself in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel with 23 firearms before shooting 59 people dead and injuring 527 (AFP)
Police have yet to make any official statements regarding a possible motive for the massacre, which saw Paddock barricade himself in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel with 23 firearms before shooting 59 people dead and injuring 527 (AFP)

 

  • ISIS continues to insist the Las Vegas shooter Paddock was operating under their organization, despite denials from the FBI
  • ISIS gave paddock the nom-de-guerre "Abu Abdul Bar al-Amriki," meaning "The American," claiming he converted to Islam a few months ago
  • The shooter's brother insisted Paddock had no political or religious affiliations
  • Paddock on Sunday killed 59 people and injured 527 from a 32nd-floor balcony in the Mandalay Hotel

 

ISIS continues to claim that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock is linked to their organization, despite explicit denials from the FBI.

Shortly after Sunday's horrific mass shooting where Paddock, 64, a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, killed 59 people and wounded more than 500, ISIS' 'news agency' linked the incident to their organization.

Today, ISIS gave Paddock, 64, a nom-de-guerre: "Abu Abdul Bar al-Amriki," meaning "The American," while repeating its claims that he was a "soldier of the caliphate".

Yesterday's statement, send out by news agency Amaq, said that the attack had been retaliation for the U.S.-led coalition's fight against ISIS in the Middle East.

"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."

"The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago."

Not long after the initial statement by ISIS, the FBI said that the bureau had "determined to this point no connection to an international terrorist group".

"As this investigation continues, we will continue to work with our partner to ensure that this is factually, thoroughly and absolutely investigated, to be able to bring comfort and peace back to this community," FBI Special Agent Aaron Rouse said in a statement.

 

 

Details of Paddock's life in the weeks leading up to Sunday's mass shooting - the deadliest in recent U.S. history - have begun to trickle out, including his obsession with gambling and an alleged multi-million dollar fortune made from real estate.

But police have yet to make any official statements regarding a possible motive for the massacre, which saw Paddock barricade himself in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel with 23 firearms before shooting 59 people dead and injuring 527.

"He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something," his brother Eric Paddock said from his home in Orlando, Florida

"He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn't a terror attack."

Paddock lived just 90 minutes outside Las Vegas in the city of Mesquite, with 62-year-old Marilou Danley, an Australian citizen believed to be of Indonesian descent.

Eric Paddock said of Ms. Danley that "she has nothing to do with this, at least from my perspective".

Police said in a press conference early Monday that they discovered in "excess of 10 rifles" in the room, and that Paddock's death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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