President Donald Trump thought the gunman who killed 59 people and injured 527 in Las Vegas on Sunday during an open air concert on Sunday night was “a sick man, a demented man”. His reaction on Sunday night’s mass killing came while he was speaking to the scribes at the White House.
Speaking to reporters as he was about to board the presidential helicopter, Mr Trump said Paddock was “a sick man, a demented man. Lot of problems, I guess, and we’re looking into him very, very seriously”.
On a question whether he was going to change gun laws, he said he would look at gun laws “as times goes by” but he did not elaborate. “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by”, he said. Mr Trump, whose position on gun control has changed over the years, gave no further detail.
When asked, Mr Trump declined to call the attack domestic terrorism.
Meanwhile police are still trying to find out why Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on an open air concert from the 32nd floor of nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel. Police found 23 guns in his room and firearms and explosives at his home.
As of now, no clear reason for the killing has emerged and investigators have found no link to international terrorism. A section of investigators have said Paddock had a history of mental illness, but this has not been confirmed. According to preliminary investigation conducted by the investigators Paddock who killed himself before police stormed his hotel room, had no past criminal record.