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ISIS not believed to be involved in Las Vegas mass shooting despite claim, experts say

By in Press Enterprise on October 2, 2017

By Brenda Gazzar

While the Islamic State terror group reportedly claimed responsibility for a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed more than 50 people, a local expert says it’s too soon to tell what the motive of the attack was.

ISIS claims “responsibility for every train derailment too,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino. “ISIS will sometimes make claims if they have nothing to do with it.”

At least 58 people are dead following the shooting at a country music festival near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. More than 500 were injured at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in front of a crowd of 22,000 when the gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, who was found dead, has been identified as the suspected gunman. The FBI has said they do not believe there was any connection to an international terrorist group.

  • Drapes billow out of a broken window at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, on the Las Vegas Strip following a deadly shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. A gunman was found dead inside a hotel room. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)

  • People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

    People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival […]    

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