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dateline: 11 October 2017

Worst US Mass Shooting Puzzles Investigators

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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.

6 Comments on Worst US Mass Shooting Puzzles Investigators

  1. Mishaikh says:

    I always find this site useful and very learning.

  2. TAZ says:

    @GLON…..Despite what many people believe and hear, not all of us Americans own guns. I do believe that everyone should have the right to own a weapon if they so choose. Remember, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. No guns were used during the 911 massacre in NYC. If people want to kill a lot of people, they will find a way.
    Even though guns are strictly regulated and/or banned in Canada and Europe, they still have their share of unfortunate mass shootings.
    FYI: foreigners are not banned from owning firearms in America. Once they have received their Green Card, they are free to purchase guns.
    I think it’s better that we pray for world peace!

  3. GLON says:

    It’s stupid you American you always tolerate the
    free weapons on your territory by your citizen
    and banned for the foreigners
    In the same time you deeply believe in God
    “Never kill a human”
    how many persons are killed every year due to your stupid idea
    Too much I’m sure
    Everybody have a good day

  4. Jenny Enizen says:

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  5. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, I’m so sorry to hear the bad news about killing 58 people and injuring over 500 others in Las Vegas.

    Third, as far as I know the people cannot use the guns and handguns in Canada and Europe easily.
    Thus, why can all people use guns and handguns in the USA easily?

    Best wishes and have a great weekend in Canada,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

  6. Zaher says:

    Good and useful website ,thanks so much

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