Australians have been caught up in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history after a gunman opened fire from a Las Vegas hotel onto the strip below. And I didn’t know what to do, so I lay down flat and just messaged everyone back home, everybody I could, to say this is happening, I’m safe.
“I saw my girlfriend go down so I was anxious she might have been hit”, he said.
Michel says he chatted with Paddock to get to know him and make sure there were no signs that he should not be allowed to buy a gun. She said she was “shocked and disturbed” to learn that her uncle was named as the shooter.
Authorities are still investigating the possible motivation behind what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history. Trump, who said he will visit Las Vegas tomorrow, signalled that a debate about gun control might be coming.
News Corp Australia newspapers said the Filipino-Australian used to live on the Gold Coast tourist strip and still had a sister there.
On Sunday night, as the crowd of about 22,000 people listened to headliner Jason Aldean below, Paddock smashed two windows of his hotel suite – one in the front and one on the corner – and fired into the crowd, ultimately killing 59 and injuring hundreds of others. His attack has been claimed by the group islamic State (EI), but the us authorities have not to this stable link with the organisation jihadist.
“We must end this senseless violence”, said Congressman Ro Khanna, Democrat Congressman from 17th district California.
Paddock, 64, was a millionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate, his brother Eric Paddock has said.
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a convicted bank robber and con man described in a wanted poster as “psychopathic” with suicidal tendencies, had escaped from prison in 1969, earning him a spot on the FBI’s list of most-sought-after and risky criminals.
“He liked to play video poker”.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer said: “From Orlando to Roseburg, OR and now Las Vegas, the carnage has only continued. He sent his mother cookies”, he said.
“I didn’t understand what she was meaning and she said ‘There was gunfire, there was a shooting'”.
“Thankful for police and first-responders on the scene”, Heller said. The arsenal “was pretty well hidden”, Titus said.
– The National Compassion Fund Las Vegas will give 100 percent of donated funds to the victims of the mass shooting.
The attack was a threat police could not have prepared for, McMahill said.
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 16, 2013 – A former Navy reservist working as a government contractor kills 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.
Gabrielle Giffords, another representative who survived a shooting, also offered support to the Las Vegas victims and “the law enforcement officers who risked their lives to save others”.