Stephen Paddock shot dead 59 people during a concert in Las Vegas
Body of the suspected gunman in the Las Vegas shooting identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada has been identified.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that the shooter was found dead in a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay in an apparent suicide.
Paddock shot dead about 59 people and left at least 500 injured after he opened fire on more than 22,000 concertgoers in Las Vegas late Sunday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Lombardo said Paddock opened fire from the room, and there were no other shooters. Police said he had no known connection to terrorism.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said.
Lombardo said the police department had located a number of firearms in the room he occupied in the hotel. Officers also carried out a search on Paddock’s residence in Mesquite, 90 miles northeast of the hotel.
Paddock’s body after he killed himself
Paddock was not known to the federal authorities, but was known to local law enforcement, according to NBC News. Police confirmed Paddock was the son of bank robber Patrick Benjamin Paddock, who was on the FBI’s Top 10 most wanted list for over a decade until 1977. The original FBI posting described the elder Paddock as “psychopathic … with suicidal tendencies.”
Several police officials and a casino executive told NBC News that Paddock had gambled more than $10,000 per day multiple times over the past several weeks. The reports do not reveal if, or how much, Paddock won or lost on those days.
Investigators said they located a woman who had been traveling with Paddock, Marilou Danley. Danley was not with Paddock when he checked into Mandalay Bay, but he had used some of her identification papers, Lombardo said. He said police “have had a conversation with her,” and that “at this time” Danley was not believed to have been involved.
The shooting took place at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival across the road from the Mandalay Bay on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. Videos posted on social media showed large crowds ducking for cover amid sustained bursts of shooting, apparently from a semi-automatic weapon.
He lived at the $400,000 property (pictured with crumpled garage door after police raid) with Danley. The home is in a quiet retirement community in which residents must be over 55. Cops found 19 guns there, plus explosives
Concertgoers at the scene where Paddock shot 59 dead