GOP Lawmaker Claims ISIS Masterminded Las Vegas Shooting

Jenna Amatulli

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) told Fox News host Tucker Carlson he believes the Islamic State terror group masterminded the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people in October.

“I smell a rat, like a lot of Americans. Nothing’s adding up,” Perry said Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“It’s been four months, as you said, the man’s dead, they said he’s a lone gunman, lone shooter, yet we can’t get the autopsy results,” Perry continued. “But even more troubling than that, I’ve been made aware of what I believe to be credible evidence, credible information, regarding terrorist infiltration through the southern border regarding this incident.”

Perry didn’t elaborate on the “credible” information, nor did he explain why he thinks gunman Stephen Paddock, who killed himself in the massacre, wasn’t acting alone, as investigators tend to believe.

“Let’s face it, ISIS, twice before the attack, warned the U.S. they would attack Las Vegas … and then after the attack claimed responsibility four times,” Perry said. “Meanwhile, the local law enforcement investigative services are telling us there is no terrorist connection.”

Catherine Lombardo, an attorney representing victims of the shooting, pressed Perry for evidence:

“With all due respect, Congressman, unless you have specific evidence to back that up, it seems a bit irresponsible to ... make that assertion. If you do have any evidence of that, I’m asking you right now to share it with us and tell us what that is.”

Perry said he was “not able” to divulge specifics.

(Photo: David Becker via Getty Images)
(Photo: David Becker via Getty Images)

Paddock’s motive for opening fire on a Las Vegas strip music festival is still unknown. The FBI has ruled out terrorist connections, and a law enforcement spokesman said there is no indication of ISIS involvement.

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Haseba Nauzad holds her weapon near the front line of a fight against Islamic State militants in Nawaran, Iraq. She is part of an all-female unit fighting against ISIS in the country.
Haseba Nauzad holds her weapon near the front line of a fight against Islamic State militants in Nawaran, Iraq. She is part of an all-female unit fighting against ISIS in the country.
Nauzad, 24, is the group's commander.
Nauzad, 24, is the group's commander.
Fighters share a tender moment in a bedroom near their deployment.
Fighters share a tender moment in a bedroom near their deployment.
Asema Dahir, 21, adjusts her cap in a bedroom near the front line.
Asema Dahir, 21, adjusts her cap in a bedroom near the front line.
Dahir prepares to eat lunch with her comrades.
Dahir prepares to eat lunch with her comrades.
Nauzad had left her husband in Turkey to return to Iraq. Her husband had wanted to pay smugglers to take them to Europe.
Nauzad had left her husband in Turkey to return to Iraq. Her husband had wanted to pay smugglers to take them to Europe.
Nauzad sits with other fighters in Nawaran.
Nauzad sits with other fighters in Nawaran.
Dahir poses with a teddy bear. Many of the women had left their children and families to join this fight.
Dahir poses with a teddy bear. Many of the women had left their children and families to join this fight.

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