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ISIS Claims Las Vegas Shooter ‘A Soldier’ Who Converted to Islam ‘Months Ago’

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday night saying that Stephen Craig Paddock was a Muslim and following their instructions.

“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” the group’s Amaq news agency said. “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”

The attack was pre-planned. Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Hotel on September 28th and stayed there for three days setting up two shooting platforms and preparing 10 rifles for use in the massacre. The fact that one was fully-automatic would indicate either serious financial resources, an illegal arms source, or the expertise needed to convert a firearm from semi-auto to full-auto.

A fully automatic M-16 sells for as much as $20,000 and takes a special stamp from the ATF in order to purchase and possess. Other automatic weapons sell for even more. The type of rifle or rifles used in the attack has not been identified.

There are three mosques in Mesquite, Nevada where the shooter resided making it possible for him to attend religious services, but there has been no independent confirmation of Paddock’s alleged conversion to Islam. The religion of his Asian female companion, Marilou Danley, has not been made public.

FBI officials said Monday that they “have determined no connection to any international terrorist groups” in response to ISIS’ claims.

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  1. Well, well, well. Now we have a real home-grown terrorist, something we been led to believe could not happen in this country. Go figure.

  2. If he was from ISIS, he kinda acted like a coward at the end, didn’t he? He didn’t holler the ‘akbar’ crap, he just pussed out and shot himself. Hmmmm

  3. This is why they have been saying racial profiling is wrong and they seem to be passing on this info because of it. Is it racial profiling for the government to disregard this so fast?

    1. Look, stop with the racial profiling crap. This sort of crime can happen at any time in any city or town with no indication it will happen. No matter how many individual attending the concert were carrying concealed, no matter how many off-duty police were there as security, no matter how many first responders there were, this tragedy was going to happen because one nut-job decided to bring 23 rifles and automatic weapons to a hotel room on the 32 floor of a hotel and kill innocent people. There is no way to stop this sort of behavior, not with more gun control, not with more police, and certainly not with more restrictive laws limiting individual freedom.

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