Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter who killed more than 50 people at the country festival in Las Vegas had 18 weapons, explosives and thousands of rounds of ammo in his home in Mesquite. The death toll (59 killed and 527 injured) makes the shooting the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the USA. Las Vegas sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that the police found ammonium nitrate in Paddock’s car, which is often used to make bombs.
In his Mandalay Bay apartment, authorities found 10 weapons, but Lombardo later corrected that claim and said that the police found a total of 16 weapons on the scene. At the moment, there’s still no motive for the shooting and it’s unclear how many weapons Paddock used.
Lombardo said that authorities are working around the clock to resolve the mystery and are still searching for evidence in the hotel. The gunman broke two windows in the apartment and shot at the crowd from an apartment on the 32nd floor. A SWAT team also searched another one of Lombardo’s home for more links to the crime. The day after the shooting, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, but the FBI is rejecting it. The ISIS memo claimed that the 64-year old retired accountant recently converted to Islam, but the authorities are having none of it. The investigation is still ongoing, and Paddock has not been connected to any international terrorist organization.
Earlier, the authorities said that Paddock killed himself before the SWAT team entered the apartment. He checked in at the hotel on Thursday using a credit card from his companion Marilou Danley who was out of the country. He waited until the headline act started on the 3-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in order to insure maximum attendance.
Shortly after the shooting, a SWAT team stormed the room where Paddock was and were shocked by what they saw inside. Paddock had 10 different weapons in the room, and all of them were fully automatic. The gun laws in Nevada are pretty relaxed – the state doesn’t require a license or registration for firearms and doesn’t limit the number of weapons a person can buy.
Stephen Paddock was a retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada who was passionate about hunting and flying. According to one report, he may have been a managed in the community. His family was shocked by the news and said that he was just a regular guy.
During the shooting, country singer Jason Aldean was performing on stage. Initially, the crowd thought that the sound is coming from firecrackers until they saw people falling around them. “At approximately 10:08 PM, we had calls coming to dispatch of multiple shots being fired from the direction of the Mandalay Bay towards the Route 91 concert that was taking place on the East side of Las Vegas Boulevard… There was a shooter on 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. Officers engaged the suspect at that location. He is dead. He has been identified. He is a local resident. I will not release his name at this time,” Lombardo said at a press conference. Paddock was described as a lone wolf, although the police is still uncertain on his beliefs and motivation for the shooting. Terrorism is still not out of the question, but the authorities are sure that there wasn’t another accomplice like previously thought.
The deadly Vegas shooting comes a few months after the Manchester bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert, and two years after the fatal shooting at a rock concert in Paris.
Source ( http://deadline.com )