Latest: Did receipt from MB suggest Paddock had a visitor prior to the shooting? And why does an employee of MB say Paddock checked in days earlier than police are saying.
Islamic State militant group (ISIS) released a propaganda video earlier this year showing footage of where the shooting occurred in Las Vegas last night.
The massacre has left over 50 dead and 500 injured at the Route 91 Festival.
The 44-minute-video of the Las Vegas strip (2015) called on supporters to conduct attacks on the Las Vegas Strip using knives and vehicles, everyday weapons previously used. It was released in May 2017. The video also had images of New York City and Washington D.C.
Las Vegas FBI’s field office told Fox News that authorities were on high alert before last nights rampage due to the video.
“We are always concerned when Las Vegas is mentioned by groups or individuals who subscribe to the idea of committing violence to further their cause… Our city has been mentioned in similar videos and publications but this most recent video should serve as a reminder to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.” A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Christopher Darcy, who leads the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center says because Vegas is such a popular destination they are always on high alert.
“I think anytime somebody goes on the internet and makes a threat that they’re going to conduct a lone-wolf or any type of attack, it’s our responsibility to view it as a credible threat,” Darcy said. “It would be irresponsible not to take any threat as credible, especially when made by a group such as ISIS, who has in fact carried out attacks in the past.”
ISIS claimed responsibility Monday for the Las Vegas rampage. In a statement terror group’s news agency said the following:
“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 terror group’s news agency Amaq
ISIS claimed that the shooter was a Muslim.
“The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago,” Amaq also on the Telegram online messaging service, according to Agence France-Presse.
ISIS often claims attacks by individuals inspired by its message. However, they are not known to own an assault which is not at least loosely tied to them.
A leading terror expert had this to say about ISIS claiming responsibility.
Steven Stalinsky, executive director of Middle East Media Research Institute, is not so quick to dismiss the claim. He noted the language posted on the group’s Amaq news agency site matched the language of previous claims that turned out to be true.
Stalinsky says when an attack is carried out by someone with no formal connection to ISIS, they are typically referred to as a “soldier” who has often pledged allegiance in an email or online to the terrorist group.
“I am reserving judgment,” Stalinsky said. “But in the past when they claim an attacker is a soldier, somehow there has generally been a connection.”
Officials have identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old American who had multiple weapons on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, where he is believed to have killed himself.
Police initially said the shooting was not being treated as a terror attack, but no updated statement has been made since Isis released its claim.
U.S. officials still say there’s no evidence the attacker was tied to any international militant group.
Update: Stephen Paddock has been “rumored” to have been at an Anti-Trump rally.
Many weapons and explosives were discovered at the shooter’s home reports CNN.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said police found 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition at the Mesquite, Nevada, home of mass shooter Stephen Paddock. Lombardo said several of the 10 rifles police found earlier in Paddock’s hotel room in Las Vegas had scopes.
On Tuesday Las Vegas Sheriff Lombardo suggests shooter was “radicalized” & authorities attempting to uncover the source.
Here’s what a top forensic psychiatrist had to say about the reasons and what to look for in the shooter.
Receipt of Paddock suggests he had another guest in his room before shooting.
Did Paddock check into the Mandalay Bay hotel days prior than what authorities are releasing?