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Las Vegas gunman shot security guard before mass shooting

11 October, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Samuel Sharp
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Paddock had an arsenal of 23 weapons in his hotel room.

There is still no evidence Paddock was motivated by ideology, or that there was another shooter, he said. "It's entirely possible", Conrade said.

After Paddock was identified, a compliance officer for El Cortez entered his name into their system and determined he had a brief, limited interaction there, representatives said.

Pressed about what the meaning of the numbers were, Newton said, Paddock "must have done the calculations online or something, to figure out what his altitude was going to be, and how high up he was - how far out the crowd was going to be, and what - at that distance - and what the drop of his bullet was going to be".

He said a later search of cases found in the auto revealed 50 pounds of Tannerite - a brand-name product that's marketed as explosive rifle targets.

"Those explosives, that's the scary part. If they don't leave us a note behind or a manifesto behind, and we're not seeing that, that's what's making this longer", said Erroll Southers, director of home-grown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.

"The Tannerite could have set off the ammonium nitrate", Roderick said.

Asked if he ever visited the hotel pool, Paddock replied, "I do not do sun". The 64-year-old high-stakes gambler killed himself as police closed in on his room.

"There's all kinds of things that surprise us in each one of these events".

"Was he doing pre-surveillance? You know, we were still clearing that room, the curtains, moving the curtains", Matthew Donaldson explained. "This is all conjecture at this point", Lombardo said.

Eric Paddock, brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, speaks to reporters near his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. "It just looked like nearly a gun store", he said.

Wagstaff Worldwide said Blackstone Hotel is cooperating with authorities. The shots pummeled the gathering of 22,000 people with devastating speed, due to the help of bump stocks - legal accessories that make weapons fire similarly to an automatic rifle.

The security guard, Jesus Campos, was shot in the leg by some of the more than 200 rounds that Paddock fired into the hallway.

"It's fantastic that security guard didn't sustain additional injury", the sheriff said.


Stephen Paddock, 64-year-old wealthy former accountant and high-stakes gambler has been identified by police as the man behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history when he opened fire from the Mandalay By Hotel and Casino on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 others, before turning the gun on himself as police closed in.

In the CBS interview images of Paddock's body were shown and the officers described finding his body after blowing open the bullet-hole ridden doorway to his room. Seven minutes later, officers breached a second door in the room. "One suspect down in 135, floor 32 Mandalay Bay".

As more than 100 investigators dig for answers, police aren't sure what turned a retired accountant into a mass killer.

The sheriff says it's clear Paddock was determined to shoot at the crowd.

Investigators had reviewed voluminous video from the casino and don't think Paddock had an accomplice in the shooting, McMahill said. On Tuesday, though, as more photos of Paddock circulated, numerous folks who had said they'd never heard of him started resurfacing to tell Curtis they recalled seeing him.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents also met with Paddock's brother Eric Paddock for another round of questions after he arrived in Las Vegas to pick up the killer's remains, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"Just in general, the sheer size of the space, the amount of personal items that were left there, it's just a huge undertaking", Flood said. He said the door was not Paddock's, but did not elaborate. The FBI is working with Philippine authorities to get more details. "I will cooperate fully with their investigation".

Country singer Jason Aldean, who was on stage when the shooting broke out, made a special appearance to open the telecast of "Saturday Night Live" with a performance of "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty, who died in Los Angeles on Monday.

After searches of Paddock's belongings by investigators, it was determined that he was in possession of a substance commonly used to build improvised explosive devices, however it was not found in the form of an explosive when it was found. Investigators also found aluminium nitrate and aluminium powder.

"All of the rumours about affiliation have not been helpful", Mr McMahill said.

Police tape blocks off the home of Stephen Craig Paddock in Mesquite, Nev.

In Verdi, near Reno, authorities found five handguns, two shotguns and a "plethora" of ammunition.

What they have uncovered - in his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel, his auto, and his homes - is a remarkable collection of firearms commensurate with the scale of violence he unleashed before he killed himself as police closed in.

Inside the gunman's hotel room.

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