Monday, October 02, 2017

Worst Mass Shooting In US History Happened In Las Vegas!

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Ben Shapiro - What Exactly Happened Last Night?
Intense 5
Published on Oct 2, 2017
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Las Vegas Music Fest Shooting Rocks Country Music World
CBS Miami
Published on Oct 2, 2017
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John Rich performed on Las Vegas stage shortly before attack
Fox News
Published on Oct 2, 2017
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Las Vegas Shooting Horrifying Footage Caught On Camera
You Tube
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Las Vegas shooting updates: 58 people are dead and more than 500 injured
Los Angeles Times
Oct. 2, 2017
A gunman opened fire from an upper story of Mandalay Bay resort on a country music festival across the street on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night, leaving at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured.
Fifty-eight people were killed and 515 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.
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Death toll rises to 59; investigators find explosives and 18 guns at gunman's home
Associated Press
Oct. 2, 2017
Las Vegas police investigate Sunday night's shooting. (David Becker / Getty Images)
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday afternoon that 59 people had been killed, up from the 58 reported earlier, and 527 injured in a mass shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Lombardo also said investigators found 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition in the home of suspected shooter Stephen Craig Paddock in Mesquite, Nev.
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Country music fan tries to save wounded friend, but he dies in his arms
Melissa Etehad
Oct. 2, 2017
People hug and seek cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival as the shooting scene unfolds in Las Vegas (Getty)
True country music fans , Adrian Murfitt, 35, and childhood friend, Brian MacKinnon,33,  decided to travel  from Anchorage, Alaska to Las Vegas to attend Sunday’s concert on The Strip.
They had moved toward front of the stage to listen to Jason Aldean, Murfitt’s favorite artist, right before the shooting started.
“It sounded like fireworks, like a cracking sound right behind us,” said MacKinnon, 33.
When Murfitt, 35, turned to what was causing the rattling noise, a bullet hit him in the neck. Mackinnon said he used a shirt to apply pressure on his friend's neck.
With bullets still flying, MacKinnon said an off duty fireman tried to clear the blood that was blocking Murfitt’s windpipes.
“He started to go blue even with the CPR,” MacKinnon recalled.”Then we heard more gunshots and people started falling.”
MacKinnon said the off-duty fireman told him to run. “The fireman told me ‘there’s no coming back from this’’ but I told him I wasn’t leaving my friend.”
MacKinnon said Murfitt later died in his hands.
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Vegas gunman identified himself as poker player, former neighbor says
Joel Rubin
Oct. 2, 2017
Undated photo of Stephen Paddock provided by his brother. (Associated Press)
Donald Judy recalls the day in 2013 when he saw a rental car parked in the driveway at what had been the vacant house next door.
He and his wife walked over and introduced themselves to the man who was moving in. He said his name was Stephen Paddock.
It was an unremarkable conversation, Judy recalled in an interview after Paddock was identified as the gunman in the bloody Las Vegas shooting.
Paddock explained he lived primarily in Nevada and was interested in finding a home in the neighborhood for his aging mother, who lived near Orlando
“We had no reason to distrust any of it. It was normal. He was always normal.”
Not long after their first meeting, Paddock gave Judy a key to his house and asked him to keep an eye on the place when he was gone, which was often.
“Sometimes, he would bring Marilou, sometimes he’d be alone,” Judy said, referring to Marilou Danley, his apparent girlfriend. In the two years Paddock owned the house, Judy estimates he saw the man eight to ten times.
Judy also recalled Paddock’s brother would arrive sometimes on a motorcycle and the brothers would ask Judy his thoughts about property values in the neighborhood. The brothers talked of buying the house on the other side of Paddock for their mother.
Paddock talked of being a poker player, once showing Judy’s wife a photo on his phone of him winning $20,000 in a game. Judy said Paddock didn’t elaborate on what types of poker he played. He also said he thought of himself as a real estate “speculator,” Judy said.
In 2015, Paddock told Judy he had decided against buying the  house for his mother and then never returned.
The house soon went on the market and Judy said he never heard from Paddock again.
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Vegas gunman's father: avid bridge player, gambler and notorious bank robber
Harriet Ryan
Oct. 2, 2017
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock (Associated Press)
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s father was a convicted bank robber who spent most of the 1970s on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who went by the aliases “Chromedome” and “Big Daddy,” robbed a bank in Tucson in 1960, when Stephen was 7 years old.
When authorities cornered him in Las Vegas, he attempted to run down an FBI agent with his car, according to press clippings.
He later escaped from federal prison in Texas, where he was serving a 20-year sentence, on New Year’s Eve 1968. Wanted posters described him as “psychotic,” “armed and very dangerous.”
They also described him as an avid bridge player and gambler. He was removed from the list in 1977, according to the FBI web site.
Despite the escape, Paddock was paroled the following year, the Associated Press reported.
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Bill O'Reilly calls mass shootings 'the price of freedom'
Jessica Roy
Oct. 2, 2017
Bill O'Reilly, the disgraced former Fox News host who was fired after sexual harassment allegations, penned a blog post on his site about the massacre in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead.
"Once again, the big downside of American freedom is on gruesome display," the post on billoreilly.com 
begins.
"The murderer had a number of deadly weapons in his room and you can count on the gun control debate to ramp up," he wrote. He says he's covered many mass shootings and that gun control will not stop them from happening.
"This is the price of freedom," he wrote. "Violent nuts are allowed to roam free until they do damage, no matter how threatening they are. he Second Amendment is clear that Americans have a right to arm themselves for protection.  Even the loons."
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Las Vegas gunman 'only rented to people with good credit,' former tenant says
Adam Elmahrek
Oct. 2, 2017
Stephen Paddock owned an apartment complex in Mesquite, Texas, and once he bought it, management seemed to improve--Paddock insisted on renting only to tenants with good credit, one tenant said
Richard Gehring, a 60-year-old roadway engineer, has lived for more than a decade at the Central Park Apartments complex, which the man whom police have identified as the gunman in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas sold in 2012
"When I first moved in, it was like two different management companies, and once it had problems, because people weren’t paying rent. Once he came in, he said he only rented to people with good credit," Gehring said.
He said Paddock told him: “In California where I’m from, there you can’t just evict people, and in Texas if they don’t pay, you can go down to the courthouse and have them out in a few days. It kind of quieted down the apartment complex, because I guess some of the rougher people left.”
“He did a good job maintaining the place. He let the two people who did maintenance, he let them go ahead and fix it," Gehring said, adding that subsequent owners have been more neglectful.
Gehring said Paddock "was OK to talk to...he was just a nice guy, and that was it...There’s nothing really that sets him out from anybody else.”
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Chaos in Vegas: Hiding in the darkness with strangers to avoid the gunfire
Kate Mather
Oct. 2, 2017
When Brandon Hernandez first heard the pop-pop-pop during the concert, he brushed it off.
"What an idiot," the 40-year-old thought. "Who's lighting off a firecracker at the venue?"
But the firecrackers kept popping and, suddenly, the music stopped. And then the crowd started running. That's when, Hernandez and his wife said, they knew something was wrong.
They started running too.
No one seemed to know where the gunfire was coming from. People screamed about possible shooters at neighboring casinos -- New York, New York, the Tropicana.
"When they shut the music off, the shots got louder," Robynn Hernandez, 47, said. "You thought he was right behind you."
She said she ran as fast as she could, ending up in the kitchen of the Desert Rose hotel, huddled behind a refrigerator. She hid with about 30 other people in the darkened room, terrified that another shooter would burst through the door. Each time they heard a noise outside, she said, they feared the worst.
Her phone was lost in the confusion; Robynn Hernandez had no idea if her husband or their friends were OK.
"I didn't know if they were dead or alive," she said.
Brandon Hernandez said he ended up with a group of four strangers. They frantically looked for a safe place, he said, but scrambled to find one.
"We didn't know anywhere that was safe," he said. "We didn't know where the shooters were."
Then, he said, two girls drove up in a car and told them to hop inside. They ended up about 20 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, he said, where he was able to call a relative to come get him.
He wasn't able to get to his wife for hours.
Late Monday morning, hours after the gunfire erupted, the couple wore the same clothes from the night before, the purple concert wristbands still tied on their arms. Hernandez still had her cowboy boots on.
"We just wanted to come and have a great weekend. And we did," Hernandez said, her voice shaken. "Up until then."
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Las Vegas shooting occurred exactly two years after Oregon community college shooting
Colleen Shalby
Oct. 2, 2017
occurred two years – to the day – after a gunman opened fire at a college campus in Oregon.
On Oct. 1, 2015, exactly two years before 58 people were killed and 515 more were injured during a concert shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, a gunman opened fire at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.
Nine died, not including the shooter, and seven others were wounded when Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer rounded up students in a classroom, asked if they believed in God, then killed them one by one before turning the gun on himself.
Shortly after, President Obama called on Congress to work toward passing gun control legislation, and asked Americans to vote for a change.
"So, tonight, as those of us who are lucky enough to hug our kids a little closer are thinking about the families who aren't so fortunate, I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save lives, and to let young people grow up.
"And that will require a change of politics on this issue.  And it will require that the American people, individually, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an independent, when you decide to vote for somebody, are making a determination as to whether this cause of continuing death for innocent people should be a relevant factor in your decision.  If you think this is a problem, then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views."
Obama had made similar statements before, and, to no avail, would echo that sentiment again a handful of times before the end of his presidency.
In the two years since the shooting in Oregon, Congress has been unable to pass gun control legislation. As Lisa Mascaro points out, House Republicans are instead on track to advance legislation that would ease firearms rules.
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Manhattan Beach police employee among those killed in Las Vegas shooting
Steve Marble  
Oct. 2, 2017
An employee with the Manhattan Beach Police Department was among those killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday.
Police officials said at least four department employees attended the country music festival over the weekend, and two were injured.
The employee who was killed was identified as Rachael Parker, a police records technician. She'd worked with the department for 10 years.
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Fully automatic weapons found in gunman's hotel room in Las Vegas
Brian Bennett
Oct. 2, 2017
(Paul Buck / EPA-EFE)
Investigators found fully automatic guns among multiple weapons in Stephen Paddock's 32nd-floor Las Vegas hotel room, according to the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff.
The congressman from Burbank, who received a briefing from FBI officials in Washington on Monday, said he didn't know if the guns found in the Mandalay Bay Resort room were manufactured to be fully automatic or had been modified. Such weapons fire more than one round with each pull of the trigger.
Paddock killed himself as SWAT units converged on the room amid Sunday night's carnage, officials said.
The FBI has sent investigators and crime scene technicians to help local authorities sift through the large crime scene, interview witnesses and chase down investigative leads, Schiff said.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo of Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, is in charge of the investigation into the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the attack targeting an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, within view of the Mandalay.
Private citizens can legally own fully automatic weapons made before October 1986 after submitting to a federal background check and applying for a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It is also possible to convert a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic machine gun.
Newly manufactured fully automatic weapons are more heavily regulated by ATF and can only be sold to some federal and state agencies.
So far, authorities don't know what prompted 64-year-old Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nev., to repeatedly fire into the concert crowd, Schiff said. The Islamic State claimed responsibility, but Schiff said the group often takes credit for attacks it wasn't involved in; the FBI had said Paddock had no apparent connection.
"We don't know the motives of the shooter yet," Schiff said.
"It's staggering to try to wrap your mind around how many people were killed," Schiff said. Incidents like this are made "all the more lethal because of access to automatic weapons," he added.
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Dodging bullets in Vegas: 'The gunfire just wasn't stopping,' concert-goer recalls
Hailey Branson-Potts
Oct. 2, 2017
Desera Prosser, left and James Glass were at the country music festival when the shooting started. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Desera Prosser wore a Garth Brooks shirt and Miranda Lambert hot-pink sunglasses and James Glass wore a Dierks Bentley hat. They'd come to Vegas for the country music festival, just as they did every year.
On Sunday, as they were listening to Jason Aldean wrap up his set, they heard the popping sounds. Fireworks, they figured.
But then everyone started running and the couple hit the ground to avoid the sprays of bullets.
"The gunfire just wasn't stopping. So I got up and started running," she said. 
Glass, who hid behind a beer cart, said he felt a bullet whizz by his head.
Glass said the blast of bullets seemed to go on for minutes.
Prosser saw a young woman a few feet in front of her get shot in the back.
"That scared me and I just kept running and running and running," she said.
She ran back toward MGM Grand Casino where the couple was staying, but then took refuge under an SUV when the gunfire started up again.
Finally, she got into the hotel and sprinted to her room.
On Monday, the couple prepared to leave for Naples, Fla., where they moved a few days before Hurricane Irma. Their home was damaged, with a leaking roof and a flooded bottom floor.
"This," Prosser said, "was supposed to be our getaway."
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'He's missing.' A Riverside woman searches for her boyfriend
Benjamin Oreskes
Oct. 2, 2017
Austin Davis about 3 years ago
Riverside resident, Aubree Hennigan, 27, met her boyfriend, Austin Davis, nine years ago when she was still in high school.
Now the 29-year-old Davis, a pipe fitter for UA Local 364, is missing in Las Vegas. He had been there for the Route 91 Harvest Festival with family friends from Riverside, Hennigan said.
“I would love to know where he is. I know nothing at all,” Hennigan said. “He’s missing.”
Hennigan put out a plea on Facebook for any 
information on Davis’ whereabouts. She is among many people who have taken to social media hoping to learn about loved ones who attended the concert. Some families have traveled to Las Vegas in search of information.
Davis spoke with Hennigan last at around 8 p.m. Sunday. The gunfire started about two hours later.
“He just told me that Big & Rich was playing and he didn’t really care for them but they threw one hell of a concert,” said Hennigan.
“That’s all he told me.”
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Gunmaker stocks climb in aftermath of Las Vegas shooting
Geoffrey Mohan
Oct. 2, 2017
Stocks for U.S. gunmakers surged Monday in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)
Stock prices of the biggest firearms companies jumped Monday as investors feared the mass shooting in Las Vegas could lead to tougher gun laws.
Gun sales have soared after previous mass shootings — and in response to other current events, including the election of Barack Obama and the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who had defended a narrow interpretation of the 2nd Amendment protecting gun ownership.
American Outdoor Brands, parent of Smith & Wesson, had been trading down more than 25% so far this year. It closed Monday at $15.74, up about 3.2%.
Sturm Ruger & Co. surged 3.48%, closing at $53.50. Vista Outdoor stock rose 2.4% to $23.50. Olin Corp., which owns the Winchester trademark, soared 6.63% to $36.52.
With the exception of Olin, the companies had been faring poorly since Trump's election, with stock prices down as much as 36% in the case of Vista.
The rise in gun stock prices during the Obama years came despite any moves toward further gun restrictions. Sales of handguns rose 287% annually from 2006 to 2013, while sales of rifles and long arms rose 166%, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Lacey Wallace, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Penn State University, said gun sales tend to rise in the first few months after major shooting incidents, and then settle back down. The more attention an incident receives in the media, the higher the spike, she found.
"It is the fear of the event that happened for some, and the fear of gun control for others," Wallace said.
She based her findings on a tally of criminal background checks for gun purchases, which rose after six major mass killings between 2000-2009.
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In recent months, Nevada has been ground zero in a fight over gun background checks
Kurtis Lee
Oct. 2, 2017
(John Locher / Associated Press)
As law enforcement continues to gather details on how Stephen Paddock obtained the rifles he used in Sunday’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, elected officials are using the incident to again call for stricter gun laws.
Nevada is no stranger to gun law reform efforts and the political battles that ensue.
Last year, voters in the state narrowly passed Question 1, an initiative that required most private buyers and sellers of guns to conduct a background check through a licensed dealer. Millions of dollars from national groups supporting and opposing the law poured into the state.
The initiative, which passed by 50.4% to 49.5%, mandated that private-party gun sales — with a few exceptions, such as transfers between family members  — be subject to a federal background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is administered by the FBI.
That’s where language in the law ran into a roadblock.
In December,  the FBI sent a letter to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, noting it would not conduct these checks. In its letter, officials from the agency said that “the recent passage of the Nevada legislation regarding background checks for private sales cannot dictate how federal resources are applied.”
The letter prompted the Department of Public Safety to seek guidance from Nevada Atty. Gen. Adam Laxalt.
Two weeks after the initial letter from the FBI, Laxalt, a Republican who opposed Question 1, released an opinion saying that “citizens may not be prosecuted for their inability to comply with the Act unless and until the FBI changes its public position and agrees to conduct the background checks consistent with the Act.”
At the time, Laxalt’s office also sent out a statement, stressing that “without this central feature [the FBI background check]”  the initiative “cannot commence.”
To date, the initiative remains in limbo and has not gone into effect.
Under state law, the language of ballot initiatives approved by the electorate cannot be changed by the Legislature for three years.
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White House says too soon to talk gun limits or other policy responses to Las Vegas shooting
Noah Bierman
Oct. 2, 2017
President Trump's spokeswoman, echoing an argument often heard from pro-gun groups and their supporters, on Monday dismissed questions about policy responses to the Las Vegas massacre, saying it is too soon for such talk.
“This is an unspeakable tragedy. Today is a day for consoling of survivors and mourning those we lost," said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. "There is a time and place for political debate but now is a time to unite as a country.”
Sanders did not rule out a gun control discussion, however. She told reporters in response to several questions about gun restrictions that policy issues are "something that we can talk about in the coming days.”
Trump frequently boasts of his support of the 2nd Amendment, and did so just over a week ago at a rally in Huntsville, Ala.
At the briefing, Sanders also warned against creating laws that "won't stop these things from happening" again -- another argument often made by the National Rifle Assn. and other advocates of unregulated guns, who often are on the defensive after mass shootings.
“The only person with blood on their hands is the shooter," Sanders said. "This isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations.”
Trump, however, has a history of weighing in with policy proposals following acts of violence, including on Twitter. In tweets after last year's shooting massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. -- previously the worst gun massacre in U.S. history -- Trump argued for the travel ban against Muslims that he proposed in his presidential campaign.
Sanders dismissed the point. "There's a difference between being a candidate and being the president,” she said.
Sanders was unusually emotional in opening her press briefing, choking up and stifling tears as she recounted anecdotes of victims and heroes, by name, from the Sunday night horror on Las Vegas' famed strip.
The press briefing was followed by a national moment of silence, led on the White House's South Lawn by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Also there were Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, and scores of employees -- from well-known West Wing advisors to kitchen staff members.
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CBS fires executive for 'deeply unacceptable' post after Vegas shooting
Stephen Battaglio
Oct. 2, 2017
Concert-goers flee as gunfire hits the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. (David Becker / Getty Images)
CBS Corp. fired a vice president in business affairs Monday for comments she made on social media regarding the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Hayley Geftman-Gold, wrote on her Facebook page that she was not sympathetic to victims of the shooting because, she claimed, most country music fans are Republican.
Geftman-Gold also wrote: “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
The comments were deleted but not before they were picked up on a number of right-wing blogs and websites. A petition was posted online that called for her firing.
A CBS spokesperson confirmed that Geftman-Gold was dismissed because of her comments.
“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS. Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families,” the company said in a statement.
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Lost in the chaos: Redondo Beach family searching desperately for daughter
Benjamin Oreskes
Oct. 02, 2017
PLEASE if anyone has seen Chrissy reach out!! @chrissyyyduarte LAST SEEN at Route 91 Harvest #missingperson #route91harvest #lasvegas#lasvegasshooting #activeshooter #help #missing @route91harvest
Christiana Duarte had just started as a fan service associate for the Los Angeles Kings. It was her first full-time job since she graduated from University of Arizona in the spring with a degree in business marketing.
Now she’s missing — swept up in the chaos of the mass shooting that took at least 58 lives Sunday night in Las Vegas.
A Redondo Beach native, Duarte attended the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, family friend Hayley Mullin said. Now Duarte’s family is searching for her in Las Vegas and told Mullin on Monday morning that they still had not found the young woman they call Chrissy.
“She went to the concert and as of right now is missing,” said Mullin of Redondo Beach.
Mullin said that a friend of Duarte’s who was with her has been located at a Las Vegas hospital. Complicating matters further, it appears that even before the shooting, Duarte lost her cellphone and ID.
The family knows that “her friend has been found, but she doesn’t have her ID or phone. It looks like she lost  the phone earlier and her ID had been in the back of it. “
A friend of Duarte's went to Instagram to ask for information about her. "PLEASE if anyone has seen Chrissy reach out!!"
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Las Vegas gunman's father was once on FBI most-wanted list, brother says
David Harris and Michael Williams  
Oct. 2, 2017
The brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock said their father was once on the FBI's most-wanted listed, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a bank robber who escaped from prison, was removed from the list in 1977 and arrested the following year. He died in 1998.
Eric Paddock, who lives outside Orlando, said the last time he communicated with his brother was when he texted and asked about power outages after Hurricane Irma.

How to help in the aftermath of Las Vegas shooting
Libby Hill
Oct. 2, 2017
Whether you're in the immediate vicinity or on the other side of the globe, you can help support the victims of last night's violence in Las Vegas.
For those near the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area, hospitals are in desperate need of blood donations. Individuals can stop by the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic at 7135 W. Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas, or with United Blood Services at various locations in Nevada to donate today.
For those looking to help monetarily, Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak has started a GoFundMe campaign for the victims of Sunday night's shooting.
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Police officers and sheriff's deputies wounded in the attack
Alene Tchekmedyian
Oct. 2, 2017
Police officers and sheriff's deputies -- some on duty, others off duty -- were among the dozens killed or injured Sunday night in the Las Vegas shooting.
One off-duty officer from the Las Vegas area died, while two on-duty officers were wounded by gunfire, said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Of the two wounded, one is stable after surgery and the other sustained minor injuries, the department said.
“It’s a devastating time,” Lombardo said.
Many off-duty police officers and deputies from Los Angeles and Orange counties, Bakersfield and other areas were also at the Las Vegas festival.
A Los Angeles police officer was among those wounded and was expected to make a full recovery, the department said early Monday.
Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph M. Terrazas also announced on Twitter that two people from his agency were injured in the attack.
One Orange County sheriff’s deputy was severely wounded by gunshots to the abdomen and thigh, according to the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. The wives of two deputies were also reported wounded in the attack.
Bakersfield police Officer Aaron Mundhenke was shot in the hip and went into surgery Monday morning and was expected to survive, department officials said.
Two employees with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were struck by gunfire, the agency said. One was critically injured while the other is stable.
Ontario Police Officer Michael Gracia, 24, was among the wounded and underwent surgery Monday morning, officials said. He is listed in critical but stable condition, said Ontario Police Sgt. Jeff Higbee.
Gracia’s wife was also hurt during the incident but her injuries were considered non-life-threatening.
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Site of Las Vegas mass shooting is key venue in effort to cast city as a music-festival destination
Gerrick Kennedy
Oct. 2, 2017
Before it became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Route 91 Harvest festival was one of a handful of concert blowouts aiming to burnish the Las Vegas Strip’s reputation as a live-music destination.
Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Lauren Alaina, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Maren Morris and Jake Owen were all on the bill for the three-day, sold-out festival at Las Vegas Village, which attracted 25,000 guests a day to the same event last year.
For years, event organizers have been trying to turn the Village and the much larger Las Vegas Festival Grounds, also open-air and owned by MGM Resorts International, into preeminent destinations for music fans in a city with unlimited entertainment options.
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When can something be called terrorism? Confusion over use of term online
EVERYONE is thinking it, so why aren’t people saying it? We asked an expert whether the Las Vegas attack should be called terror or not.
Victoria Craw @Victoria_Craw
October 3, 2017
People carry a person at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a mass shooting carried out from a hotel balcony. Picture: AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / David BeckerSource:AFP
AS HORRIFIC images of people running for their lives from bullets flying overhead flooded the media airwaves, there was one question on everyone’s lips.
Was the Las Vegas shooting a terror attack?
Las Vegas police have said they do not know the “belief system” of suspected gunman Stephen Paddock, and have not used the label terror to describe it.
When asked whether the massacre described as the “deadliest in US history” amounted to “domestic terrorism”, Las Vegas sheriff Joseph Lombardo said “we have to establish what his motivation was first.”
MORE: What we know about Stephen Paddock
US President Donald Trump also did not use the word “terror”, describing it as an “act of pure evil” involving the “senseless murder” of Americans.
However some have claimed reluctance to use the term stemmed from the fact the gunman was white, while others asked whether the shooting should be labelled terrorism given the eyewitness video showing people were clearly terrified at the scene.
“Only in America can whiteness prevent the man who conducted the deadliest mass shooting in American history from being called a terrorist,” said The Intercept’s Shaun King.
Nicole Floyd tweeted “White mass shooters always are mentally ill. Black = gang related. Latino = drug related. Muslim = terrorist”
Others took aim at Trump for being “more enraged by SOB black NFL players kneeling than at act of terrorism by white man Stephen Paddock who killed 50+ in Las Vegas.”

Many pointed out that the Nevada State Law describes an “act of terrorism” as one that “involves the use or attempted use of sabotage, coercion or violence which is intended to cause great bodily harm or death to the general population; or Cause substantial destruction, contamination or impairment of: Any building or infrastructure, communications, transportation, utilities or services; or Any natural resource or the environment.”
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