Remember When 60 People Died in the Las Vegas 2017 Mass Shooting – The Goal was 2,000 Dead

On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a Las Vegas audience at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Strip. He slaughtered 60 people and injured an additional 413 as he unloaded over a thousand rounds from his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

A whopping 867 people were injured either due to the attack or the ensuing chaos, which turned an average day into the bloodiest mass shooting by a single perpetrator in American history.

The rate of fire at which Paddock was able to unleash his carnage brought attention to American gun laws, but of course – surprise surprise – nothing much has changed. Regardless of what color you are, the lack of concern to put better standards in place makes you think this will just happen over and over again.

Authorities said Paddock had 23 firearms, including some with scopes, in his hotel room. U.S. officials briefed by law enforcement spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation but confirmed the discovery of two rifle stocks that allow the gunman to imitate fully automatic firing and said they are looking into whether or not weapons used in the massacre had those modifications.

At Paddock’s house, police discovered additional firearms (19 in all), explosives, and ammo (thousands of rounds). The sheriff also reported finding several pounds of ammonium nitrate in his vehicle. This fertilizer can be used to create explosives similar to those used in the Oklahoma City explosion in 1995.

Despite the Islamic State group claiming credit for the shooting and describing the shooter, Stephen Paddock, as a “soldier” who had recently converted to Islam, the FBI has discovered no evidence to suggest the attack was connected to international terrorism.

FACTZ did speak with the former Undersheriff, Kevin McMahill, who was the lead for LVMPD during the October mass shooting. McMahill told FACTZ that there is still no motive to date and that the shooter Paddock’s objective was to ignite the airport’s aviation fuel tanks neighboring the concert, but when that failed, he started spraying the crowd with bullets. If the gas tanks would have exploded, he stated, “there would have been more deaths than 9-11.”

Las Vegas is known as a place of possibility, luck and fortune – but for one heartbreaking day, the Strip became a place where 60 people lost their lives in what should be an unimaginable and unrepeated act of mass murder. Of course, in the good old USA, it’s just another day in paradise.


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