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White House observes moment of silence for Las Vegas shooting victims

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Published: 09:44 GMT, Oct 3, 2017 |
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U.S. President Donald Trump led a moment of silence at the White House on Monday (October 2) in honor of victims of a Las Vegas concert attack, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

A 64-year-old man with multiple machine guns rained down gunfire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel to a country music festival on Sunday (October 1), slaughtering at least 58 people before killing himself.

The barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of 22,000 people lasted several minutes, sparking panic. At least 515 people were injured as some fleeing fans trampled each other while police scrambled to locate the shooter.

Police on Monday identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, who lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada. They said they believed he acted alone and did not know why he attacked the crowd. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the massacre, but U.S. officials said there was no evidence of that.

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