5 Stories You Probably Read About The Las Vegas Shooting That Are Completely False

In light of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, these are 5 hoaxes circulating that are false.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The country is still recovering after the deadliest mass shooting occured on Sunday ninght on the Las Vegas Strip.

At least 59 people were killed and more than 515 were injured when a man began shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. In light of the tragedy, many false stories and hoaxes have surfaced.

As BuzzFeed shares, here are 5 things you may have read that are not true:

1. Fake Victims Like Taylor Joshuas

Social media has circulated several pleas from what appeared to be families looking for missing relatives following the tragedy. In the above post, a parent is looking for a missing 14-year-old daughter. The image claims the teen's name is Taylor Joshuas and desperately asks for public help. But the photo appears to have originated from the Snapchat account of a completely different person, who was not involved in the incident.

2. Conspiracy Theories

Several Conservative voices, including Alex Jones, have been quick to call the shooting and the media coverage a conspiracy orchestrated by Liberals and/or Muslim extremists. Although ISIS did claim that it was taking responsibility for the shooting—it stated that the shooter had converted recently to Islam— authorities have yet to find any connection between the shooter and the terror group. Those reports were dismissed as ISIS seeking publicity.

3. Coordinated Attacks

Conservative Wayne Root tweeted false facts about the incident, making it seem even more widespread than it was. He claimed that the shooting occurred at multiple hotels and blamed Muslim extremists. The shooter was located at one hotel, the Mandalay Bay, only. His assertion about a connection to "Muslim terror" has yet to be proven by any credible law enforcement agency.

4. Marilou Danley Didn't Warn Victims

The shooter reportedley had a girlfriend. Following the shooting, social media trolls claimed that a woman named Marilou Danley knew about the shooting but never warned anyone. Authorities dismissed this hoax. "We located her out of the country. She was not with him when he checked in," Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo explained, according to BuzzFeed. "He was utilizing some of her identification and we had conversation with her and we believed her not to be involved."

5. Stephen Paddock's Political Beliefs

Authorities are still trying to figure out a motive for the 62-year-old shooter Stephen Paddock. His brother has claimed that he was never politically active but that hasn't stopped the far-right from presuming he was anti-Trump, anti-government and part of the violent left-wing, or antifa. Nothing about his political beliefs has been confirmed as of yet. 

[Photo: Getty Images, Twitter]

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