At least 58 people are dead and 515 injured after a 72-minute shooting by a lone-wolf gunman who unleashed thousands of rounds of ammunition onto a Las Vegas music festival from a hotel room 1,200 feet away – and more details are still emerging.
Police say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock used automatic weapons to rain down gunfire on a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night, from his room across the street in the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Headliner Jason Aldean was in the middle of his set just after 10pm when a rumble of gunfire rang out, the sounds of screams and stampeding humans cutting through the country music.
It took police an hour and 12 minutes from the first 911 call to locate Paddock in the building and break into his room.
They used explosives to blow the door off his room, but by then it was too late – Paddock had shot himself dead. It’s unclear how long after he first started shooting that Paddock committed suicide.
Inside the room they found an arsenal of 18-20 firearms and a large cache of ammunition, a law enforcement source told the Wall Street Journal. The source said that they found at least one fully automatic rifle among the batch, which included AR-15-style rifles and AK-47-style rifles.
The following morning, pictures of the Mandalay Bay tower showed two windows on the 32nd floor were shattered.
It’s believed that Paddock was staying in a large suite or connected rooms, and used both to fire down on the crowd from both vantage points. Police say he used a hammer-like device to smash the windows.
Following the shooting, police raided Paddock’s home in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, where he lived with his girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley.
Danley was initially called a person of interest in the shooting, because she appeared to have checked into the hotel with him. But when police called her after the shooting, they found out she has been out of the country and that Paddock had used her ID to check into the hotel.
They no longer believe she had anything to do with the massacre, but plan to interview when she returns to the US. A friend told the Reno Gazette-Journal that Danley is in the Phillipines.
Paddock had been staying in Las Vegas since Thursday, but hotel staff who had been in and out of his room never saw signs of his weapons.
Investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive. He was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the gunman was a recent convert to Islam. But officials say there is no evidence that Paddock was connected to any international terror organization.
What will likely raise suspicions is Paddock’s excessive gambling in recent weeks.
Multiple senior law enforcement officials and a casino executive who spoke with NBC News said that Paddock had gambled amounts greater than $20,000 or $30,000 on multiple occasions in the past week weeks.
This is according to documents that the casinos are required to maintain for ‘each transaction in currency involving cash-in and cash-out of more than $10,000 in a gaming day.’
It’s unclear if Paddock won or lost a great amount.
His brother Eric says that his brother was a multimillionaire who made most of his fortune through real estate. He also worked as an accountant before retiring.
In an interview with DailyMail.com, Eric said that something must have happened to his brother to make him snap.
‘He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something,’ Eric said from his home in Orlando, Florida.
President Trump has sent his ‘warmest condolences and sympathies’ to the victims of the worst mass shooting in American history