President Trump Comments on Tragedy in Las Vegas
President Donald Trump urges all Americans to pray for the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. He plans to travel to Vegas on Wednesday to meet with family members of those who have died.
Here are the President’s remarks:
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The gunman has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who was retired and often visited Vegas to gamble. He reportedly lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada.
Public records show Paddock had a hunting license in Alaska and he also had a pilots license.
Paddock’s family members tell the New York Times there was nothing in his past that would suggest violence.
“We are in complete shock, bewilderment and horror. We have absolutely no idea how in the world Steve did this. Absolutely no concept,” said one relative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid hurting other relatives. “There was nothing secret or strange about him.”
Las Vegas police say Paddock was not on their radar.
“We have no investigative information or background associated with this individual that is derogatory,” said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “The only thing we can tell is he received a citation several years ago, that citation was handled as a matter of normal practice in the court system.”