UPDATE#2 ISIS HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DEADLY MASS SHOOTING ATTACK ON THE #LASVEGAS
UPDATE: Law enforcement officials, including the FBI are asking witnesses of the #LasVegasshooting to contact them, especially those with cell phone or other video footage. Las Vegas Police are looking for a woman named Marilou Danley. Police are also looking for two cars, a Hundai Tuscon and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, both with Nevada plates.
October 2, 2017 A gunman opened fire from the thirty-second floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Vegas strip Sunday night into a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music concert killing at least fifty people and injuring hundreds more. Police have confirmed the suspected gunman is dead. The death toll is expected to rise, making the shooting attack the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say the gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock acted alone. Police are seeking an Asian female who is described as a accomplice or companion.
Law enforcement officials have not established a motive in the latest mass shooting, but the deadly attack has all the hallmarks of terrorism. In September, 2016, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a joint bulletin warning that ISIS-inspired terrorists may possibly target stadiums and sports venues. The bulletin stated that homegrown ISIS-inspired individuals or groups have shifted their focus away from government and military targets to “soft targets” such as stadiums, arenas, concert venues and music festivals.
The al-Qaeda training manual specifically calls for members to “blast and destroy” targets that symbolize Western life seen as sinful and that will elicit the greatest media reaction. Las Vegas has been considered a top terrorist target for decades.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."