After months of no new information forthcoming on the Las Vegas mass shooting, a U.S. congressman is coming forward with a startling admission – there may be evidence of an ISIS connection in the tragedy.
In an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R – PA) said his office had received “credible evidence” of a possible terrorist infiltration through our southern border, that may have something to do with the Las Vegas shooting. Video of his comments is included below.
A Republican member of Congress said Thursday that he has evidence ISIS may have had a role in the Las Vegas shooting.
US Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania told Fox News host Tucker Carlson: ‘I smell a rat like a lot of Americans do.’
‘Recently, I have been made aware of what I believe to be credible evidence, credible information regarding potential terrorist infiltration through the southern border regarding this incident,’ Perry told Carlson.
‘Terrorists?’ Carlson asked in response.
‘Twice before the attack, ISIS warned the United States that they would attack Las Vegas in June and August, and after the attack claimed responsibility four times,’ Perry said.
‘Meanwhile, the local law enforcement investigative services are telling us there is no terrorist connection, lone gunman, again, something is not adding up.’
Perry did not provide any ‘credible information’ to support his claim.
Catherine Lombardo, a lawyer representing the victims of the Las Vegas attack, appeared on Carlson’s show. She refuted the congressman’s suggestion.
Stephen Paddock (pictured) killed 58 people and wounded over 500 when he opened fire on a large crowd in Las Vegas on October 1 +5
Stephen Paddock (pictured) killed 58 people and wounded over 500 when he opened fire on a large crowd in Las Vegas on October 1
‘We’ve seen no evidence of a terrorist attack,’ she said.
‘I would ask, with all due respect Congressman, unless you have specific evidence to back that up, it seems a bit irresponsible to make that allegation. If you do have any evidence of that, I’m asking you right now.’
Perry replied: ‘I’m just telling you, I have received what I feel to be…credible evidence of a possible terrorist nexus.
‘We’re going to have to wait until that situation develops.’
While Perry is correct that ISIS did, in fact, claim responsibility for the Las Vegas massacre, the FBI has stated that there is ‘no connection’ between international terrorism and the gunman who killed 59 people and injured 527 at an outdoor concert on October 1.
Stephen Paddock, who was killed by law enforcement officials, is responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Authorities believe he acted alone, though there is still no word as to what the suspected motive was.
Earlier this week, police in Nevada said that more charges could be filed against others in connection with the shooting.
Federal court documents made public Friday showed that as of October 6, the FBI considered Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, ‘the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock’.
Danley, who was in the Philippines during the shooting, was questioned by the FBI after returning to the US Lombardo and Aaron Rouse, FBI agent in charge in Las Vegas, said in October that Danley was not a suspect.
Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert, told Business Insider last October that organizations like ISIS like to claim responsibility for violent acts that it had nothing to do with.
Here is video of Rep. Perry’s appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show Thursday evening.