Terrorism & Insurgency

Las Vegas attack raises likelihood of other extremists pursuing similar mass shootings in public spaces

03 October 2017


On 1 October, a 64-year-old caucasian male utilised several semi-automatic and automatic rifles to kill at least 59 individuals and injure more than 500, marking the highest-casualty mass shooting in US history.

Although the Islamic State has claimed credit for the attack, government officials currently believe that the individual acted alone and did not have international ties. The motivation for the attack remains unclear, with family members expressing shock, but local media have identified a history of mental illness in the shooter's family. Furthermore, police have not issued statements on how the perpetrator obtained the firearms, if these were legal, or if they were modified.

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