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8 Israelis remain missing following Las Vegas mass shooting
02.10.2017, Jews and Society
Eight Israelis remain unaccounted for following a mass shooting attack at a Las Vegas Music festival Sunday night that killed 50
The Israeli foreign ministry was attempting to locate the missing Israeli citizens to make certain that they are unharmed.
Israel’s consul general in Los Angeles traveled to Las Vegas to aid in efforts to locate the missing Israelis.
“Israel is shocked at the mass murder that happened in Las Vegas. I am full of hope that contact with the incommunicado Israelis in Las Vegas will be renewed quickly,” Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin sent a message to US President Donald Trump offering his condolences over the shooting.
“The people of Israel join me in sending our deepest sympathy to you, to the participants in the festival, the people of Las Vegas and to all the people of the United States following this shocking attack which took the lives of so many innocent people and injured so very many more,” he wrote, according to his office. “We stand with you as you mourn the terrible loss of life and injury following this senseless attack on people who had merely gathered together to listen to music.”
Police identified the gunman as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada.
Police say Paddock had a criminal record, but no known ties to terrorism.
Initial reports claimed Paddock was a recent convert to Islam.
Terror group the Islamic State claimed the Las Vegas massacre.