A makeshift memorial for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting stands at an intersection of the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP
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America mourned the victims of the worst gun massacre in recent US history Tuesday as investigators probed the motive behind a so far apparently senseless attack on Las Vegas concert-goers.US officials have reacted cautiously to a claim by the Islamic State jihadist group that the shooter, Stephen Craig Paddock, had carried out Sunday night's massacre on its behalf.Police said Paddock, who had no criminal record, smashed windows in his hotel room shortly after 10:00 pm on Sunday and trained bursts of fire on a crowd attending a country music concert down below.Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Paddock fired through the door of his hotel room and hit a security guard in the leg.Investigators also found another 19 firearms along with explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo at Paddock's house in Mesquite, Nevada, 80 miles (130 kilometers) away.Lombardo said Paddock had apparently used some kind of hammer to smash the window of his hotel room before opening fire on the crowd of some 22,000 people.The Las Vegas attack is the deadliest shooting in recent US history, exceeding the toll of 49 dead in an attack on a Florida nightclub in June 2016 .
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