Authorities have been investigating the Las Vegas shooting committed by Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who checked into room 135 on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Mr. Paddock loaded up 10 suitcases of over 23 guns into the two-room suite. On Sunday October 1, 2017, Mr. Paddock smashed out the windows of his room, took aim and opened fire on a crowd of approximately 22,000 people who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert. 59 people including the gunman were reported dead and 489 people were reported injured.
After many speculations of the motives behind the shooting officials have uncovered evidence that the horrific incident was premeditated. Officials have uncovered strong evidence confirming Paddock was casing out other music festivals and making other reservations at different hotels about 2 months prior to the actual massacre. A source confirmed that Paddock also made reservations at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, during it’s popular summer music festival Lollapalooza, although authorities are not clear if he actually traveled there around that time. Paddock had also visited other music festivals in the greater Las Vegas area. All the venues are believed to have been within driving distance of Las Vegas.
Paddock, was known for being a high rolling player at most casinos in Las Vegas including the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He started making frequent trips to Las Vegas in early September. Investigators still have not found any evidence that Paddock had help during the shooting. Authorities believe Paddock was the only shooter involved, however, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo reported that there is evidence Paddock had help. Without giving a full detailed description, Lombardo stated that there was evidence which supported Paddock was planning to escape after he carried out his plan.
It is clear that Paddock knew exactly what he wanted to do when he checked into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He checked into the hotel on September 28, 2017 with his machinery stocked and surveillance cameras set up. While none of the cameras he set up were recording, Paddock had his entire room surrounded. He had cameras in his room service cart, in the hallway near his suite, on the peephole of his door and a baby monitor in the living room. Mr. Paddock stayed closed in his hotel room for three days. He strategically planned out his deadly act while ordering room service. Officials believe Paddock set up the surveillance cameras to predict when law enforcement would approach his room. As law enforcement approached he took his own life.
The motives behind the shooting are still unclear. Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reported to a news conference that the shooting “doesn’t seem to have a terrorism nexus.”
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