Las Vegas Shooting Updates, Singer Tom Petty Dead (UPDATED): P.M. Links


Las Vegas ambulance

The latest information on the Las Vegas mass shooting:

  • At least 58 people have been killed and more than 500 injured when a gunman identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on a country music concert from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Police say he then killed himself before authorities could bust into his room.
  • Some of the victims of the shooting have been identified and a GoFundMe page has been started to help families.
  • Members of Paddock's family say they have no idea why he did this. His brother said he was gambling tens of thousands of dollars on video poker on a regular basis.
  • The Islamic State is attempting to claim responsibility for the shooting and says Paddock had converted to Islam before the incident, but officials say so far they don't see any ties to international terror.
  • Investigators tell the Wall Street Journal Paddock had between 18 and 20 guns, some of which were fully automatic, in his hotel room.
  • Hillary Clinton says we all must "put politics aside" in the wake of the shooting, and then immediately in the very same tweet politicizes it by blaming the National Rifle Association and warning about gun silencers.
  • And of course, incidences of mass violence always bring out the hoaxes.

In news unconnected to the Las Vegas shooting:

  • Rocker Tom Petty is dead at age 66. He was rushed the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest Sunday. (UPDATE: TMZ says Petty is actually still clinging to life and police reports that he had died are currently inaccurate.)

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