Las Vegas shooting: What we know and don’t know about the massacre
At least 58 people were killed and another 489 were injured after Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of over 22,000 people attending a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Here’s what we know about the Las Vegas shooting:
— Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sept. 28th and he used “in excess of 10 suitcases” to transport 23 weapons into this room on the 32nd floor over three days, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.
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— He had two cameras planted in the hallway and one in the peephole.
— He likely smashed open the windows in his room with a hammer-like device.
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— At 10:05 p.m. on Oct. 1, Paddock began firing on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Paddock would continue firing for 9 to 11 minutes.
— At 10:08 p.m. on Oct. 1, Las Vegas police received the first 911 call that Paddock shooting.
— When a security guard approached the door, Paddock shot him.
— Police then backed off and waited for the SWAT team to arrive. When the SWAT team entered the room 75 minutes after the first shot was fired, they found Paddock dead.
— Paddock’s lethal attack left at least 59 people dead and more than 500 others injured. Four Canadians were among the dead and at least six others were also injured.
— Paddock was a retired accountant who owned at least two properties. His brother described him as a wealthy real estate investor.
— The shooter had been purchasing his weapons since 1982. Twenty-three guns were found in his hotel room with another 24 having been found in the two homes. While he had been buying guns for years, Paddock purchased a majority of them (33) over the past year.
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— Paddock has been married and has no known children.
— His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting. She has returned to the U.S. for questioning.
— Paddock’s father was a bank robber who was on the FBI’s most-wanted list in the 1960s and was diagnosed a psychopath.
Here’s what we don’t know about the Las Vegas shooting:
— The big question on everyone’s mind is the motive. Paddock had no criminal history and appeared to have no financial problems. He was determined to be an avid gambler and casino regulators are investigating whether or not he had any disputes with casinos and fellow patrons.
— Another major question is also related to the motive. While the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the FBI quickly dismissed those claims. So was the incident a terrorist attack?
— Paddock also wired $100,000 to his girlfriend in the Philippines in the days leading up to the attacks. Danley said she wasn’t expecting the money.
With files from the Associated Press and Reuters
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