Latest Details Revealed in Horrific Las Vegas Shooting

October 03, 2017Oct 03, 2017

In the past few hours, a variety of details have been released about the Las Vegas shooting. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, shot and killed 58 people and injured another 515 people. He shot from the window of his bedroom on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

47 guns in three locations

So far, ATF agents have recovered 47 firearms that belonged to the shooter, said Jill Snyder, the special agent in charge of ATF’s field division in San Francisco. The guns were in three locations: his hotel room and two properties associated with his name.

The guns were purchased in four states: Nevada, Utah, California, and Texas. He had a mix of rifles, shotguns, and pistols. None of them appeared to be homemade.

In addition to the guns in the shooter’s hotel room, there were also 12 bump-fire stocks, said Snyder. AP reported that a bump-fire stock is a gun attachment that “mimics automatic gunfire.”

They are not widely sold. The stocks, which have been around for less than a decade, are legal.

CNN also reported that Paddock had been collecting the guns for more than 20 years.

They added, “Officials have not yet determined precisely how many firearms he has purchased over the years or what happened to all of them.”

He shot for 9-11 Minutes

In a press conference on Tuesday night, Las Vegas Police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill refuted claims that it took law enforcement too long to find the gunman and stop him. He provided a timeline of the shooting.

He said, at 10:08 p.m., the first call came in. For the next 9-11 minutes, the gunman fired off "a dozen or so volleys" McMahill said. At 10:19 p.m., firing ceased.

Given the circumstances, McMahill said he believed law enforcement acted relatively quickly.

He set up cameras outside his room

Paddock apparently was very concerned about being caught by law enforcement. Authorities revealed that he had put a camera inside the peephole of his hotel room. This would allow him to see down the hallway.

Later, McMahill told reporters that Paddock had also set up two cameras in the hallway outside of his room. This would allow him to watch for law enforcement or security. If they approached, he would have warning.

The attack was pre-planned 

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo says he believes the attack was premeditated. There is no other way Paddock would have been so well prepared. 

"The fact that he had the type of weaponry and the amount of weaponry in that [hotel] room — it was pre-planned extensively," Lombardo said. "I'm pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did in his actions."

Paddock's girlfriend is back in the U.S. 

CNN reported that Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter, arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday night. She was met by FBI agents. Danley is considered a "person of interest" in the shooting. 

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