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News ID: 13889
Publish Date: 21:10 - 08 October 2017
TEHRAN, October 8 - Law Enforcement officials say they believe US mass murderer Stephen Paddock acted alone during the rampage in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week that killed 58 people and wounded 489 others, the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

US police says Las Vegas mass murdered acted aloneTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Kevin McMahill, the undersheriff for Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, said Saturday that investigators are still trying to determine the shooter’s motive.

“We still do not have a clear motive or reason why,” a frustrated McMahill said. “We have looked at literally everything.”

Federal and local investigators have followed 1,000 leads and examined Paddock’s political views, finances, social behavior and any possible radicalization.

“We have been down each and every one of these paths,” McMahill said. “We all want answers.”

The FBI has announced that it plans to erect billboards in Las Vegas asking for information about the killer.

“If you know something, say something,” said Aaron Rouse, agent in charge of the FBI office in Las Vegas. “We will not stop until we have the truth.”

The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the massacre, but American law enforcement officials have not currently found anything to suggest a possible connection.

Paddock, 64, rained down a barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air concert Sunday night. He was found dead inside his hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The shooting was the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in US history and the worst mass murder since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

In a televised address the following day, US President Donald Trump offered his “warmest condolences” for the victims of the mass shooting, but did not address the scourge of gun violence that has become a common occurrence in the country.

Paddock, like the majority of mass shooters in the US, was a white male. Critics say being white in the US somehow protects an individual from being labeled a terrorist.

Extreme "Trumpism" and "white victimization" motivated the Las Vegas shooter, according to a Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher.

More than 100,000 people are shot each year in the US at a total cost of $45 billion, a cost that includes lost wages and hospital charges, according to a study published on Monday hours after the Las Vegas massacre.

The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that the victims are shot either as part of an assault, accidentally or while attempting to kill themselves.

Source: Presstv 

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