Held off posting this in hopes of obtaining more information. Lots of questions, especially as to the motivation of the murderer:
The suspected gunmen in the Las Vegas shooting has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.
Read CNBC’s full Las Vegas shooting coverage here.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that the shooter was found dead in a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay in an apparent suicide. Lombardo said Paddock opened fire from the room, and there were no other shooters. Police said he had no known connection to terrorism.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said.
At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were sent to hospitals after the gunman opened fire on more than 22,000 concertgoers in Las Vegas late Sunday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Lombardo said the police department had located a number of firearms in the room he occupied in the hotel. Officers will also be carrying out a search on Paddock’s residence in Mesquite, 90 miles northeast of the hotel.
Investigators said they located a woman who had been traveling with Paddock, Marilou Danley.
Go here to read the rest. It appears that Paddock may have been using fully automatic weapons in his murderous rampage. Up to this point fully automatic weapons had been used only three times in crimes in the US since 1934. It takes a fair amount of work to transform a legal semi-automatic weapon into an illegal automatic and Paddock appears to have had no background with weapons, either in or out of the military. More details as they become available. Let us say prayers for the dead victims:
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.