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A gunman turned a Las Vegas concert into a killing field Sunday night from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, using at least 10 guns to rain down a steady stream of fire, murdering at least 59 people and injuring more than 520 others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.
The suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada. Police initially sought a woman believed to be Paddock's roommate, Marilou Danley, as a "person of interest." Detectives later made contact with her, and "do not believe she is involved with the shooting on The Strip."
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said an "excess of 10 rifles" were found in the room, but did not immediately reveal a motive, saying "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath at this point."
Paddock reportedly had about 23 guns in his hotel room, according to police in an evening press conference.
Fully automatic weapons produced after the mid-1980s are illegal in the U.S. Those made before can still be purchased, however, buying one requires heavy regulation, including a background check by ATF and law enforcement notification. In recent years, however, some criminals have illegally converted semi-automatic weapons into automatic ones.
Chris Michel, owner of Dixie GunWorx, said Paddock visited his store in St. George, Utah, several times and purchased a shotgun in February after passing a federal gun background check.
"There were no red flags," Michel told The Associated Press. "I had no idea he would be capable of this."
Paddock had been in the hotel room since September 28, according to Lombardo. The sheriff said a check of federal and state databases showed Paddock was not on law enforcement authorities' radar before the bloodbath.
Authorities said two on-duty Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers were injured during the shooting. One is in stable condition after surgery, and the other sustained minor injuries. Two off-duty police officers attending the concert were killed.
President Trump said the mass shooting "was an act of pure evil," and praised first responders in an address to the nation.
"To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you," Trump said, adding that he will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with first responders and families.
The gunman, who fired down on the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound just as police made entry to the room, according to LVMPD undersheriff Kevin McMahill.
At this time, federal officials do not see any connection to international terrorism and little is known about Paddock's motivation, federal law enforcement sources said. The Islamic State terror group took credit for the Las Vegas shooting, saying the gunman converted to Islam months ago, but provided no evidence to back up the claim.
FBI Special agent-in-charge Aaron Rouse said at a news conference the agency has "determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group."
Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisola told the Nevada Independent that Paddock rented two hotel rooms, one facing north and one facing east, and had previously visited the hotel two other times.
Paddock was using Danley’s slot machine card, which is how police got ahold of her name although she was in the Philippines at the time of the incident, Sisolak said.
The gunman's brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters outside his Central Florida home early Monday "an asteroid just fell on us," and said Stephen Paddock has no history of mental illness.
Paddock said his brother is "just a guy" and he "freaked," and had retired to Vegas because he liked gambling. The shooter's brother said Paddock didn't care about religion or politics.
He later told reporters that his brother was a multimillionaire who made money investing in real estate, in addition to working as an accountant for a number of years.
The Department of Homeland Security said Monday morning that the department is "closely monitoring" and helping partners investigate the tragedy, but at this time has "no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with Sheriff Lombardo offering his full support, Department of Justice officials told Fox News.
Sessions said in a statement he met with FBI Director Christopher Wray early Monday morning.
"To the many families whose lives have been changed forever by this heinous act, we offer you our prayers and our promise that we will do everything in our power to get justice for your loved ones," Sessions said in a statement.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval called the massacre a cowardly, despicable act and praised first responders, saying they saved scores of lives.
"We're angry, we're grieving, we're confused, people are hurting," he said.
Authorities first received calls about an active shooting at about 10:08 p.m. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunfire erupted.
Aldean was performing his last song of the night. Initially, those in attendance said they thought the sound was firecrackers. But as the shots continued, Aldean stopped singing and some concertgoers could be heard yelling to each other to get down.
One witness told a local television station that he heard “hundreds of shots.” The gunfire was rapid and reportedly confused with firecrackers.
"It sounded like a machine gun," one vendor told Fox News. "It sounded like more than one machine gun."
Firearms experts hesitated Monday to attribute the shooter’s rapid fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to an automatic weapon’s fire.
Automatic weapons, sometimes referred to as machine guns, fire a stream of bullets when the trigger is pulled once and held down. They differ from semiautomatic weapons, which require one trigger pull for each round fired.
Ryan Cleckner, a former U.S. Army Ranger sniper and author of “Long Range Shooting Handbook,” said the seemingly inconsistent rate of Paddock’s shooting may indicate he was using a device to mimic full-auto fire.
These devices, such as a Slide Fire stock, are legal and can be bought for about $300.
"These devices take advantage of a firearm’s natural recoil to ‘bump-fire’ the firearm thereby mimicking a machine gun without meeting the legal definition,” Cleckner told Fox News.
Equipping an AR-15, for example, with a Slide Fire stock would be far cheaper and easier than buying a machine gun. Machine guns in the U.S. can cost upwards of $15,000 and require the buyer to undergo a personally intrusive and months-long application process with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Country singer Jake Owen, who performed before Aldean, told Fox News the gunfire was "non-stop."
"You couldn't tell where it was coming from. It was loud and non-stop," he said.
Some concertgoers stayed behind to offer help to those around them.
“Everybody I saw breathing, I helped,” a concertgoer told Fox News.
The wife of a Tennessee man killed by the Las Vegas shooter said her husband died because he saved her from being shot. Heather Gulish Melton told Fox affiliate WZTVthat her husband, Sonny Melton of Paris, Tennessee, was among the 50 killed Sunday night.
Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said the music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.
"It was the craziest stuff I've ever seen in my entire life," Yazzie told the Associated Press. "You could hear that the noise was coming from west of us, from Mandalay Bay. You could see a flash- flash- flash- flash."
As the thousands of fans in the crowd began to flee, Yazzie took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above.
Another concertgoer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the shots sounded like fireworks, and she hid in a sewer.
“It was a horror show,” Ivetta Saldana told the newspaper. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”
Retired FBI special agent and former national FBI spokesman John Iannarelli, who drove past the scene of the event just moments before the shooting took place, told Fox News the massacre was "obviously well-planned."
Iannarelli added the gunman used “expensive guns and ammunition.”
Iannarelli noted that FBI and police are going to speak with every friend and relative, and are conducting forensic review of the suspect's computers and phones.
The shooting at the sold-out Route 91 Harvest festival was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Forty-nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.
Sunday's shooting came more than four months after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. Almost 90 people were killed by gunmen inspired by the Islamic State terror group at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris during a performance by Eagles of Death Metal in November 2015.
Dark details on Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's family history come to light
The brother of Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman who opened fire on concertgoers during a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday night, has revealed disturbing information about their family history.
According to NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander, Eric Paddock has revealed that their father, Patrick Benjamin Paddock, was a bank robber who used to be on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
The Daily Intelligencer obtained an FBI poster dating back to 1969 that depicts a wanted man by the name of Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who was "diagnosed as psychopathic, has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies" and "reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous."
According to the El Paso Times, Benjamin Paddock, who was known as "Chrome Dome" for his shaved head, was captured in 1978 while running a bingo parlor in Oregon.
Stephen Paddock's siblings say they were completely stunned to learn that their brother had committed the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, referring to him as "just a guy" who was retired and liked to gamble.
“Mars just fell into the earth,” Eric Paddock told NBC News. “We’re completely dumbfounded.”
Take the time to go over this. Listen to the audio of the police scanner. This does not add up.
Five Things That Don't Add Up About The Las Vegas Massacre
Las Vegas Police Scanner
Thanks to Jodi for all of this information!
BREAKING: Las Vegas shooter was on powerful anti-anxiety meds
Diazepam is a sedative-hypnotic drug in the class of drugs known as benzodizepines, which studies have shown can trigger aggressive behavior. Chronic use or abuse of sedatives such as diazepam can also trigger psychotic experiences, according to drugabuse.com.
If somebody has an underlying aggression problem and you sedate them with that drug, they can become aggressive, said Dr. Mel Pohl, chief medical officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center.
according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill. Earlier, ABC News had reported he had a camera in his room to record himself.
Heres what the Las Vegas shooter used to convert his rifles to full-auto
Its being reported now that a device called a bump-stock may have been used by the Vegas shooter to convert his semi-automatic rifles into something akin to the rapid-fire fully automatic versions. And its apparently completely legal:
Individuals are able to purchase bump fire stocks for less than $200 and easily convert a semi-automatic weapon into a firearm that can shoot between 400 and 800 rounds per minute and inflict absolute carnage, she said, calling for a ban on their sale.
A semi-automatic weapon requires one trigger pull for each round fired. With a fully automatic firearm, one trigger pull can unleash continuous rounds until the magazine is empty. The bump-stock devices work by manipulating the trigger mechanism extremely rapidly, far faster than a person could do so without them.
If theres a bone that Republicans could throw at Democrats on gun control, I suspect it might be making devices like this illegal. If fully-automatic rifles are illegal to own without a special license from the ATF, then it will likely seem reasonable to many to ban these type of devices from being manufactured or sold in the United States.
I dont know if they will do that, but it wouldnt surprise me if they go down that road.
Heres a video of some girl on youtube demonstrating this bump stock:
“The Las Vegas shooter sent tens of thousands of dollars ‘overseas,’ federal law enforcement officials told Fox News Tuesday, revealing new information that could shed light on what sparked him to unleash the deadly massacre.
“The revelation came amid questions about the whereabouts of Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who left the U.S. before Paddock committed the horrific attack that killed 59 and injured at least 515 others.
“Investigators are looking into whether Paddock sent the cash to Danley amid conflicting reports she’s in either the Philippines or Japan, the officials said.
“In addition, a U.S. government source told Fox News that federal investigators have interviewed an ‘immediate relative’ of Paddock’s girlfriend. This relative said the family found Paddock ‘unstable,’ and he made relatives ‘uncomfortable.’ FBI officials declined to comment on this interview.
“Investigators noted the money crossing hands was a significant amount and authorities were trying to uncover who received the cash and where it currently is. It was not immediately clear when the money was transferred.”
Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock’s brother once threatened to kill a friend in California, TMZ reported.
Bruce Paddock had been squatting in a San Fernando Valley home in 2014, when his friend Hector Cruz, the owner, accused him of tampering with machinery, the website reported.
When Cruz confronted him, Paddock allegedly said, “If you keep f------ with me, I am going to kill you and drop you in the desert.”
The 57-year-old Paddock also told Cruz, “Hit me like a man,” and punched his antagonist in one arm.
“I am extremely afraid of Paddock, who has intimidated me by his violent character and destruction of my business office and my service bay,” Cruz said in court papers, according to the website.
Cruz alleged Paddock liked to get high and sold methamphetamine and marijuana. His behavior is “extremely erratic and unpredictable,” Cruz claimed.
A judge gave Cruz a temporary restraining order against Paddock.
Stephen Paddock, 64, built a sniper’s nest in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night and rained bullets on more than 22,000 people at an outdoor country music concert.
The left will take this information and contend that insanity runs in families. Therefore, everyone needs to have their DNA on file to prevent the crazies from getting guns -- part of the "background" check.
This may not happen tomorrow, but every century after George Orwell's "1984", history can repeat.
It might turn out to be a good way to prevent the proliferation of the radical left.
Thank you to our own Jodi for her hard work.
From Jodis Thu Tids 10/5/17
Shooter in Vegas massacre was a longtime fed
Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter who killed 59 people at a country music festival Sunday night, worked over a 10-year period as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, an IRS agent and a defense auditor.
A spokeswoman for the federal Office of Personnel Management told the Associated Press Tuesday that Paddocks employment included two years as a mail carrier from 1976 to 1978.
That was followed by a six-year stint with the Internal Revenue Service until 1984. And then he worked 18 months as an internal auditor for U.S. Department of Defense.
The latest revelation suggests the U.S. government should have an extensive file on Paddock, who not only worked directly for the government for nearly a decade but then worked another year-and-a-half for federal weapons contractor Lockheed Martin.
Suspect rented different room the previous weekend
MYSTERY woman seen with Vegas shooter SOUGHT by cops fits odd early report
OK this is really weird. Apparently cops are looking for a mystery woman who was seen with the Vegas murderer.
Investigators are trying to identify a mystery woman seen with Stephen Paddock in the days before the Las Vegas massacre, several law enforcement officials told NBC News.
They dont know if she has any connection to the attack, but they would like to speak with her as they build a timeline of Paddocks last days, the officials said.
So very few details, it might be nothing, right?
EXCEPT . WHAT ABOUT THIS?!?!
BREAKING: #mandalaybay concert goer told by mystery women 25 minutes before attack Youre all going to die tonight Find herMarilou Danley pic.twitter.com/Gobkk14lnd
Las Vegas Strip shooter targeted aviation fuel tanks, source says
Las Vegas Strip mass murderer Stephen Paddock used his Mandalay Bay hotel room to fire bullets at jet fuel tanks Sunday night, a knowledgeable source told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The bullets left two holes in one of two circular white tanks. One of the bullets penetrated the tank, but did not cause a fire or explosion near the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, another knowledgeable source said late Wednesday.
The tanks are roughly 1,100 feet from the concert site, where Paddock killed 58 people and wounded almost 500. Several airplane hangars belonging to prominent corporations are also near the tanks.
Question #17 why are all of the videos now removed?
Not only did Stephen Paddock capture the chaos inside his Mandalay Bay hotel suite on video, but now FBI officials are looking to see where he streamed the live footage.
FBI sources said the Mandalay Bay shooter may have used the hotel’s WiFi or hard-wired internet backbone to stream the footage offshore.
FBI sources would not divulge what international locations they are targeting.
Paddock has been linked to wiring hefty amounts of US funds to the Philippines, Australia and possibly the Middle East, federal law enforcement sources said.
Paddock used excessive Mandalay-Bay internet bandwidth during his multiple-day stay in the resort’s suite, FBI sources confirmed.
FBI sources said they also confiscated Paddock’s captured video feeds as part of evidence after the shooter apparently committed suicide.
This story is developing.
The daily release of more info shows that this was not a lone wolf.
CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked, “We have this just in. Sources telling CNN the gunman took 20 cruises, many of them to foreign ports in Europe and the Middle East. So investigators are trying to put a profile together. Is that of significance to you?”
Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole said, “It is because it gives us a lot more insights into what his behavior was like on those cruises. What was he doing? Was he also involved in doing surveillance of other locations internationally? Was he traveling with other people? If so, who are they?
She added, “That would give them additional people to interview. What was his behavior like? Were these specific kinds of cruises? In other words, were they all gambling cruises? What were his losses and what were his winnings? It just really strengthens the overall view that they so desperately need of this individual.”
CNN broke news Friday that Paddock took 20 cruises, with stops “at ports in Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.”
There is increasing concern over the timeline of events in August when neighbors of the Vegas shooter claim Marilou Danley moved out of Paddock’s house over the course of a few days. Where did she go? There are many other discrepancies that just don’t add up. Danley said she didn’t know Paddock owned a bunch of guns but according to neighbors he had a gun safe as big as a refrigerator in his garage:
In an exclusive interview with Sun Online, Suzy Page, 68, who lives next door to Paddock and his girlfriend Marilou Danley, said: “It was the talk of the neighbourhood what on earth he had stashed in the safe, it was as big as a refrigerator…
…“I lived next door to him and his girlfriend and never once got as much as a smile out of him.
“They had barely any furniture in the house and nothing in the yard, the shades were always down and it was like they were not even living there.
Another neighbour from the same exclusive retirement community in Reno, who did not want to be named, said: “I saw the safe and it was literally the size of a refrigerator.”
“We would all wonder what on earth he kept in there, but nobody could ever ask as he was not the kind of man who engaged with anyone.
“Occasionally he would work out early in the morning at the community gym, but never ever does anyone here remember him having a friendly word to say to anyone.”
Mrs Page also revealed how Paddock, 64, fled town after buying a new silver minivan at the start of August.
And just two weeks later she said she watched as girlfriend Marilou Danley packed her things into her car before also leaving.
Mrs Page added: “I remember at the start of August looking out of my window and seeing Stephen pull up in a brand new huge silver minivan.
“But just a few days later he left the house in it and was never seen again.
“I thought the whole situation was even weirder when two weeks later I then look out of my window again to see Marilou stuffing her car full of all her belongings.
“Over the course of three or four days it was like she was moving her entire life out of the house.
“She packed so much stuff not only was her car full, but it was also tied to the top of her car.
“After a few days of packing she too pulled out of the driveway and was never seen again.
“It was all very strange.”
WHERE DID MARILOU DANLEY GO?
Investigators are looking into two key pieces of evidence that seem to suggest that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was not entirely alone in his Mandalay Bay hotel room.
Senior law enforcement officials told NBC News that they have made two discoveries in Paddock's 32nd-floor hotel room that they currently cannot explain.
The first is a cell phone charger that does not match any of the devices that belonged to the gunman.
The second is a hotel record showing that one of Paddock's key cards was used to access his room while his car was outside of the hotel's parking garage.
Investigators told NBC News that while there are many possible explanations for these two puzzling finds, they are hoping to get to the bottom of things immediately.
A mysterious piece of paper was also found in the shooter's hotel room, where he opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night, killing at least 59 concertgoers and injuring more than 500.
Although investigators have confirmed it is not a suicide note, there has still been much speculation about what may have been on the paper.