During a press conference tonight, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said that the Las Vegas mass murderer, Stephen Paddock, may have been “radicalized” and that authorities were attempting to uncover the source of his radicalization.
“Did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us? And we want to identify that source,” said Lombardo.
If confirmed, this suggests that there may have been a political motive behind the massacre.
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Paddock sent his Filipino girlfriend, Mari Danley, $100,000 to the Philippines before the attack. Law enforcement had originally cleared her (!), but she is now a “person of interest.” She lived with Paddock at a home in Mesquite, Nevada. Authorities had initially said she likely wasn’t involved in the shooting. Nuts. She knows plenty.
NBC News reported Monday that Paddock had wired Danley $100,000. It’s currently not know why Paddock wired the money.
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- New photos show Vegas shooter’s dead body on the floor of his hotel room after he committed suicide
- In the photo, Stephen Paddock wears a brown long-sleeved top, black slacks, loafers, and black gloves
- Next to his body are two assault rifles with bipods; one has a ‘bump stock’, making it effectively full-auto
- Dozens of spent shells litter the floor and in one corner magazines sit in neat stacks
- A hammer is also seen, which Paddock presumably used to smash open two windows in his suite
- It was from both of those vantage points that Paddock fired on a crowd of 22,000 attending a music festival
- He fired on the crowd for 9 minutes, killing at least 58 and injuring 527. His death brought the total to 59
- Video from outside the hotel room shows bullets piercing the front door, from when Paddock shot at cops
- He set up a camera on a room service cart outside the room to warn him when police were arriving
- By the time a SWAT team blew open the door to the suite, Paddock had shot himself dead
- Investigators are struggling to find a reason for why the millionaire retiree carried out the massacre
- He had no criminal record, and his brother says he wasn’t religious or political
- He did, however, like gambling and in the two weeks prior had carried out several large figure bets
- In the week before he died, he also wired $100,000 to an account in his girlfriend’s native Philippines
- Girlfriend Marilou Danley is back to being a person of interest and is en route back to the U.S. for questioning
- On Tuesday, Las Vegas authorities say they had identified all but three of the 58 victims
New photos show the horrifying scene SWAT teams encountered when they blew the door off the Las Vegas shooter’s room and found him dead inside – as authorities reveal the mass murderer set up a camera on a room service cart outside the room to warn him when police arrived.
The photos, leaked Tuesday, show Stephen Paddock’s body on the floor of his suite in the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, which he used as a sniper’s nest to open fire on 22,000 innocent people attending a music festival across the street Sunday night.
Only the 64-year-old’s legs, torso and left arm are visible in the photo – and he wears a typical outfit for a retiree: a brown long-sleeve t-shirt, black slacks and slip on loafers with white socks. The only thing that reveals his nefarious actions are the black gloves he’s wearing.
On the floor next to him are two assault rifles, dozens of spent shells and a hammer – which he presumably used to shatter two windows in his two-room suite which he then used to shoot out of.
One of the assault rifles has a ‘bump stock’ added to it – making effectively fully automatic – allowing him to unleash hundreds of rounds per minute. The branding on the gun indicates it was made by Daniel Defense, a Savannah-Georgia-based company which produces variants of the AR-15 rifle, based off the U.S. Army’s M16.
Another photo shows how he pushed two sitting chairs together to form a cradle-like space to store at least two other rifles. Another AR-15-style rifle is seen at the foot of chairs with an extended magazine that would allow him to shoot for longer before reloading.
Behind a nearby pillar, about 15 magazines are piled in neat stacks. It’s unclear if they are loaded or spent.
A SWAT team located Paddock in his room about 72 minutes after the beginning of the deadly attack – but cops estimate he only fired on the crowd for nine minutes, starting at 10:08pm. He reportedly had cameras set up in the hallway to let him know when law enforcement arrived – including one on a room service cart.
Police say he shot at officers as they breached the door, but by the time they made it into the suite, Paddock had committed suicide.
Paddock killed 58 in the attack and injured 527. His death brought the total death count to 59.
On Tuesday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said they had identified all but three of the victims, and that the injured county might be slightly off because one of the hospitals was double counting patients. However, he didn’t release a revised injured number.
An investigator works in the room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where a gunman opened fire from on a music festival Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas
Two pictures leaked Tuesday afternoon appear to be the full unedited photos of two Paddock’s rifles obtained by Boston 25 earlier in the day.
Also on Tuesday, video was released showing debris strewn outside the shooter’s hotel room, from when the SWAT team blew the doors off the front door.
The video shows bullet holes piercing the left side of the suite’s double doors, confirming reports that Paddock shot at officers as they tried to break into the room. However, most of the door is knocked down from the SWAT team’s forceful – but necessary – entrance.
Earlier in the night, a security guard approaching the door had been shot in the leg by Paddock. Police were notified of that at 10:28pm; SWAT didn’t storm the room until 11:20pm. The guard is still in hospital and is expected to survive.
Directly behind the doors, inside the suite, the video shows yet another assault rifle set up on the ground on a bipod.
Outside the door, debris litters the carpeting in the hallway and crime scene tape covers the entrance to the room. A Do Not Disturb sign sits on the ground next to the front door, along with an Exit sign that has been struck down. Outside a neighboring door sits a used room service cart.
At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Lombardo confirmed that Paddock had cameras set up inside and outside of his room – including one on the food service cart.
The cameras outside the room appear to have been used to warn Lombardo when police were outside. A source told the Washington Post that the cameras outside the room were connected to a tablet which streamed live footage of the hallway.
Lombardo refused to comment on whether the cameras inside the room were used by Paddock to capture the massacre.
In a Tuesday night conference, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said that another camera had been placed at the peephole of the door, giving a view of the corridor outside.
He added that an investigation was underway to find out who leaked the photographs.
Pictured above is the first glimpse inside Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s hotel room, showing the debris left when SWAT teams stormed the room Sunday night and found the 64-year-old dead
On the ground behind the double doors, one of Paddock’s 23 firearms is seen set up on the ground with a bipod
Two investigators walk down the hallway, away from the scene
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