Clues few and elusive for motive of Las Vegas gunman

James Marshall
October 6, 2017

However, he went on a buying spree beginning about a year ago, purchasing 33 firearms, a lot of them rifles, from October 2016 until September 28 - the day he checked into the Mandalay, she says.

Paddock reportedly met Danley several years ago while she was working at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Nevada. He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something terrible like this was going to happen.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Paddock, 64, had 1600 rounds of ammunition and several containers of an explosive commonly used in target shooting that totalled about 22kg in his auto.

Danley has agreed to cooperate with the authorities in the investigation, and police have labeled her as a "person of interest".

Under the bright Las Vegas lights, mourners have been coming together at vigils for victims of the mass shooting Sunday night that left 58 people dead. That includes examining his computer and mobile phone.

In just 10 or so minutes, 59 people were killed and almost 500 people injured when Paddock, 64, strafed an outdoor concert with gunfire from his 32nd-floor suite of the Mandalay Bay casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

"You're not alone. We will never leave your side".

(Supplied) At least 23 high-powered weapons were found in Stephen Paddock's hotel room.

Paddock set up video cameras in the hall outside his suite and the peephole in the front door, secured a stairwell and had a large quantity of explosives - ammonium nitrate and the explosive Tannerite - in his auto. It wasn't immediately known if Paddock had earlier planned an attack on that venue.

The first shots began at 10.05pm on Sunday and ended 10 minutes later, the sherrif said.

But investigators had little to work with in trying to determine what set him off.

"He loved her. He doted on her", the shooter's brother, Eric Paddock said. As for what triggered the massacre, the brother said: "Something happened that drove him into the pit of hell".

"I believe, based on what I have been told, the issue was not that he was under financial stress", said Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee.

Police offered multiple changes to the established facts of the investigation into the Las Vegas mass shooting Wednesday evening.

"America is truly a nation in mourning", Trump said on Wednesday. "We know that your sorrow feels endless".

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