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Las Vegas Shooting: Motive Still Unknown


Police are working to establish the motive behind the mass shooting in Las Vegas, for which Islamic State claimed responsibility. But Investigators say no link to international terrorism has been found.

The nation is still in a state of shock of the deadliest attack in modern American history. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania observed a moment of silence in the White House in honor of the victims of the mass killing.

The President will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said after the attack that currently there is no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country. "However, increased security in and around public places and events may be experienced as officials take additional precautions".

In an address to the nation, Trump described the incident as an "act of pure evil". He told reporters later that this was a "very very sad day" for him. White House chief of staff John Kelly briefed the US President.

He said the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation.

At least 59 people were been killed and over 500 others injured when a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at an open-air country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sunday. The gunman has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who launched the attack from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel.

As a mark of respect for the victims, the US national flag shall be flown at half-staff at the White House, all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels until October 6. The flag shall be flown at half-staff also at all US embassies and other facilities abroad.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders explained to the media some scenes of the ordeal at Las Vegas.

One man, 29-year-old Sonny Melton, had traveled from Tennessee to Las Vegas for the concert with his wife, Heather. When the bullets began raining down from above, Sonny shielded her from danger, selflessly giving up his life to save hers. They had been married for just over a year.

Others risked their own lives to save people that they had never met. Mike McGarry of Philadelphia laid on top of students at the concert to protect them from the gunfire. "They're 20, I'm 53," he said, "and I've lived a good life."

Gail Davis, who was attending the concert with her husband, said she owes her life to a brave police officer who instinctively served as a human shield, protecting her from harm.

Sadly, multiple police officers, both on duty and off duty, were among those killed or injured.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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