No Israelis among Las Vegas mass shooting victims
Mark RALSTON (AFP)
No Israelis are listed among those dead or injured in a mass shooting on Las Vegas' famed Strip on Monday, and all Israelis who were in the city at the time of the attack have made contact, the Foreign Ministry said.
At least 59 people were killed and over 500 hospitalized after 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock fired a steady stream of automatic gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino into a crowd of concertgoers below.
The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
The Islamic State terrorist group has insisted it was behind the attack, twice claiming Paddock to be one of its "soldiers" who had "converted to Islam" months ago.
The group provided no evidence to back up its claims, and US security officials remained cautious amid no other signs to connect Paddock to the jihadists.
Authorities have struggled to establish Paddock's motive, with his brother, Eric Paddock, telling CBS News his brother had "no religious affiliation, no political affiliation" and was "not an avid gun guy at all".
Paddock was found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, when a police SWAT team burst in to his room.
At least eight weapons, including a number of long rifles, were recovered in his hotel room.
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