Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The Daily Mail states:
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas where 50 people were killed and more than 406 wounded, and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago.
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 10pm on Sunday evening.
The claim by the terror group has not yet been verified, and contradicts statements by Paddock’s family and police.
‘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.
Despite this claim, 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.
In an exclusive interview with Dailymail.com, the shooter’s family said he had no political or religious affiliation.
‘He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something,’ his brother Eric Paddock said from his home in Orlando, Florida
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.
Police said in a press conference early Monday that 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.