Update: Grassley says new gun legislation is unlikely


Stephen Craig Paddock fired at concert-goers at an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Sunday night, killing more than 50 and injuring over 200. 

Danielle Gehr

Updated Oct. 4 at 1:12 p.m.

Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday that new gun legislation, even after the events in Las Vegas, would still be unlikely. 

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s legislation that you might be asking me about or anything else,” Grassley said in a Des Moines Register article Wednesday. “As we’re developing legislation, you’ve got to develop the legislation so you can get 60 votes.”

Grassley cited the potential struggle to obtain 60 votes in the U.S. Senate as a reason why new legislation would be unlikely.  

“It’s more of a process question answer I have to give you than an answer of substance,” Grassley said. 

Updated Oct. 3

One of the deceased has been identified as a northwestern Iowa woman, according to the Des Moines Register.

One of 59 killed during the Las Vegas mass shooting was Carly Kreibaum, of Sutherland, the Register reporter. Kreibaum was 33. 

Kreibaum had a husband and two children. 

Updated as of 3:15 p.m. Monday

A man opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel Sunday, killing at least 58 individuals and injuring at least 515 others.

The shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT team responded to the call and found the suspect, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, dead, according to a LVMPD press release. The victims were across the street from the hotel at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert. 

The suspect was a white male from Mesquite, Nevada. The New York Times reported there to be at least 19 rifles in the hotel room hundreds of rounds of ammunition and Paddock had no criminal history besides a traffic violation.

One officer was killed during the attacks and two others were left injured. The Iowa State police went to Twitter to express their sorrow for the victims and their families. 

They also said those who want to help can donate blood at the Memorial Union today at the Iowa State blood drive. The blood drive will take place Oct. 2 through Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. 

Those who need help in processing these events can reach out to the ISU Student Counseling Center at 515-294-5056.

The FBI is asking anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.