News Roundup 10/02/2017


By Andy Gutierrez

1. Mass Shooting In Las Vegas:

Rapid gun fire interrupted a music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, late Sunday night. As of Monday night, 59 people were dead and 527 more are injured in what is now considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. The gunman was later identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite Nevada. Police say that Paddock broke a window in his suite and shot at the victims from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, which is across the street from the outside venue.

When police arrived at his room they found 17 weapons in the room. The FBI said that it has not found anything that connects Paddock with any terrorist groups. The last event that held the title as the deadliest mass shooting in US history occurred last year at a gay nightclub in Florida, where 49 people were killed.

Source: AP News

2. Trump's Response to Vegas Shooting:

President Trump urges all Americans to come together to support not only those who were effected by the events in Las Vegas but also those effected by the latest hurricanes in Puerto Rico. The president is set to visit Puerto Rico in the aftermath of a hurricane on Tuesday, and then off to Las Vegas in the aftermath of a mass shooting on Wednesday. Officials are looking to see if the president will keep a somber tone during his visits, despite critics attacking his position on guns, and his lack of action in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. The White House is busy trying to calm tensions after Trump’s tweets towards Puerto Rico over the weekend.

Source: New York Times

3. Spain and Catalonia at Odds:

Tensions between Catalonia and Spain are rising after Catalans voted to break away from Spain. The Catalan government says that with 90% of voters in favor of the split, that they are obligated to do so. The Catalan health ministry reported that 893 people were injured when violence broke out between voters and Spanish police.

This prevented many from voting as regional officials said that 400 polling stations were shut down due to the violence. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has denounced the violence and demanded that Spanish national forces leave the region. Puigdemont has stopped short of declaring independence as he fears it will only make things worse, he also does not want to cause a dramatic split from Madrid.

Source: CNN

4. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dead:

Entertainer Tom Petty died at the age of 66, Monday around 8:40 pm. The singer was found unconscious on Sunday night in his Malibu home, and was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where he was placed on life support. Tom Petty was the front man for the band Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers where he made a name for himself that would later lead the band to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Tom Petty and his band finished a summer tour with three performances at the Hollywood Bowl last week.

Source: CNN

5. False Reports of Active Shooter on USC Campus:

Reports of an active shooter on the campus of USC prompted a lockdown around noon on Monday. After completing a sweep of the campus LAPD found no evidence of a shooting and cleared the campus. Public safety officials said that the lockdown was prompted after a female professor told her students there was an active shooter in the building. The professor was taken in for questioning, and has not been charged. A student was cited saying that they felt that even more people were on edge after the mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas hours earlier.

Source: Los Angeles Times