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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 11 October 2017

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Worst US Mass Shooting Puzzles Investigators

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • mass shooting: a shooting with many victims
  • puzzle: to confuse, to be mysterious
  • motive: a reason for committing a crime
  • high-rolling gambler: one who bets with large amounts of money
  • arsenal: a collection of weapons
  • suite: a large hotel room with a separate sleeping area

Worst US Mass Shooting Puzzles Investigators

A mass shooter who killed 58 people and over 500 others at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last week has puzzled investigators. The motive for the worst mass shooting in US history remains unknown. The 64-year-old shooter was a high-rolling gambler who a large arsenal of handguns and in recent years. Stephen Paddock shot at the crowd of country music fans from the 32nd floor of his Mandalay Bay hotel suite. The murderer was a quiet American citizen who was not to police and has no known ties to terrorist groups. He was found dead in his hotel room. No suicide note has been found.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the shooting take place?
  2. What is known about the shooter?
  3. What was found in the hotel suite after the shooting?

Discussion Questions

What are some common motives for mass shootings? What methods do you think investigators are using to try to find this killer’s motive?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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