Even while the authorities in US are still maintaining that the Las Vegas shooting which killed over 50 people and left over 500 others injured had not terror links, the Islamic State terrorist group has apparently taken responsibility of the carnage.
In a statement via its Amaq news agency, the terror group said the gunman, identified by police as Stephen Paddock, was a “soldier of the Islamic State”.
It also claimed that he had converted to Islam a few months ago – and had carried out the deadly attack “in response to calls to target states of the coalition”.
Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a country music festival taking place at Las Vegas Village from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel just after 10pm on Sunday evening.
Two senior U.S. officials said shortly after ISIS’s statement that there was no evidence that the shooter was tied to any international militant group.
One of the two U.S. officials discounted Islamic State’s claim of responsibility and said there was reason to believe that the shooter had a history of psychological problems.
In addition, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive.
Paddock was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Lombardo said.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas Strip, raining down bullets from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes.
The body of the lone shooter was found in his hotel room from where authorities recovered at least 10 guns.