Officials deny Vegas shooter was linked to terror groups after ISIS claim responsibility and say gunman ‘converted to Islam months ago’

 

  • Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, killed 58 people and injured more than 515
  • ISIS claimed he had converted and that he was a ‘Soldier of Islamic State’
  • US officials say there is no evidence that Paddock was linked to ISIS

ISIS claims of responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas where 58 people were killed and more than 515 wounded, and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago have been disputed by the FBI.

Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a country music festival taking place at Las Vegas Village from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel just after 10 pm on Sunday evening.

However, by Monday morning, FBI investigators had ‘determined that there is NO connection between the Vegas shooter and ISIS or international terrorism,’ according to NBC.

It came after the claim was disputed down by unnamed US officials, who said there is no evidence he was linked to ISIS. Paddock’s family had earlier said he had no religious or political affiliations.

Claims: Terror group ISIS said Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had 'converted to Islam a few months ago' and that he was a 'soldier of the Islamic State'

Claims: Terror group ISIS said Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had ‘converted to Islam a few months ago’ and that he was a ‘soldier of the Islamic State’

No proof: US officials have said there is no evidence Stephen Paddock was linked to ISIS

‘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 group’s news agency Amaq said in reference to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.

‘The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago,’ Amaq added.

Two senior U.S. officials said shortly after ISIS’s statement that there was no evidence that the shooter was tied to any international militant group.

One of the two U.S. officials discounted Islamic State’s claim of responsibility and said there was a reason to believe that the shooter had a history of psychological problems.

In addition, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive.

Paddock was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Lombardo said.

Police confirmed that 58 were killed and 515 injured after the Sunday shooting at the Las Vegas music festival

Three people lie on the ground, one covered in blood, after the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Sunday

 Three people lie on the ground, one covered in blood, after the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Sunday
A police officer takes cover behind a police vehicle during the shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino

People take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival

 

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