Death toll in Las Vegas reaches to 59 dead, 512 injured as shooter named ‘Stephen Paddock’

The death toll in a gunfire at a music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada climbed to at least 59 people have lost their lives and 512 others wounded, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Police have named Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada as the gunman.

The Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting.

Suspected gunman Stephen Paddock

“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,” Reuters cited the Amaq, IS-affiliated website. “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”

The attacker opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival on Sunday evening.

Police found 23 guns in his hotel room, as well as “in excess of” 19 firearms and explosives at his Nevada home.

Experts believe an accessory known as a bump-stock was likely used in the attack, which modifies a semi-automatic weapon to fire at an automatic rate.

President Donald Trump said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday and called the shooting “an act of pure evil”.

Thousands of fans were attending the concert next to the Mandalay Bay which was part of a three-day music festival. Witnesses said they thought fireworks were going off as part of the concert.

Special SWAT units were deployed to the scene of the shooting and police shut down the strip.


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