First and foremost, Stephen Paddock is responsible for the deaths of over 50 people and injuring 400 in Las Vegas.
He terrified the nation when he opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel on a Country music harvest concert.
But we don’t know why. Some close to him are saying he snapped, that it makes no sense.
But another group has a very different explanation.
From Daily Mail:
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas where 50 people were killed and more than 406 wounded, and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago.
‘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 news agency Amaq said in reference to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.
Of course the mainstream media will be slow to report this, and it is fair to say this confession should be taken skeptically, but according to PJ media, this is not the first time ISIS has set their sights on Vegas. From June 2016:
A new video released by ISIS today that heavily praised Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen also made specific threats against San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Video of the Las Vegas strip at night is shown; it appears to be the pedestrian bridge at the Bellagio, perhaps shot from the pedestrian bridge at Caesars Palace.
They released this shortly after the Orlando nightclub shooting, which was officially America’s worst mass shooting with 49 dead – until the Las Vegas shooting.
But family and authorities are contradicting this narrative:
In an exclusive interview with Dailymail.com, the shooter’s family said he had no political or religious affiliation.
‘He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something,’ his brother Eric Paddock said from his home in Orlando, Florida.
And from Reuters:
UPDATE: Senior U.S. officials say no evidence Vegas shooter was connected to international militant group after ISIS claims responsibility
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 2, 2017
We will have to wait and see as more evidence comes out. But what reason would an “average Joe” have to open fire on hundreds of people?