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- It took an hour and 12 minutes from the first 911 call to the moment police burst into Paddock’s room
- Cops located his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, for questioning, but don’t believe she’s involved in the shooting
- A law enforcement source told the Wall Street Journal that they found 17 guns in the hotel room
- Among the weapons found by cops after they blew open his door was at least one fully automatic rifle
- Paddock made his money in real estate and would often come to Las Vegas to gamble, his brother Eric said
- NBC reports that he gambled $20,000 to $30,000 on several occasions in the past few weeks
At least 58 people are dead and 527 injured after a 72-minute shooting by a lone-wolf gunman who unleashed thousands of rounds of ammunition onto a Las Vegas music festival from a hotel room 1,200 feet away – and more details are still emerging.
Police say 64-year-old multimillionaire Stephen Craig Paddock used automatic weapons to rain down gunfire on a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night. He was found with 16 guns in a room in the Mandalay Bay hotel, across the street from the festival.
Headliner Jason Aldean was in the middle of his set just after 10pm when a rumble of gunfire rang out, the sounds of screams and stampeding humans cutting through the country music.
They used explosives to blow the door off his room, but by then it was too late – Paddock had shot himself dead. It’s unclear how long after he first started shooting that Paddock committed suicide.
Inside the room they found an arsenal of firearms and a large cache of ammunition. A law enforcement source told the Wall Street Journal that they found at least one fully automatic rifle among the batch, which included AR-15-style rifles and AK-47-style rifles.
Paddock had rented a large, two room suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, smashing windows in both rooms in order to fire on the fleeing crowds.
In the room, police found guns – with two on tripods, and some with scopes. The fertilizer ammonium nitrate – which can be used to make bombs – was also found in his car.
A subsequent raid on a home he shared with his 62-year-old girlfriend, Marilou Danley, in Mesquite, Nevada, uncovered 18 more weapons, as well as explosives, ammunition, and unknown electronic devices.
And on Monday afternoon, Nevada police were preparing to raid a second property owned by him in Reno. SWAT bomb experts were on hand in case of booby traps.
Investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive. Paddock was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Lombardo said, despite repeated attempts by ISIS to claim responsibility for the attack, saying the gunman was a recent convert to Islam.
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