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'No evidence' of second shooter in Las Vegas massacre, police say

11 October 2017, 12:34 | Lionel James

The front entrance to the Route 91 festival venue in Las Vegas Nevada

The front entrance to the Route 91 festival venue in Las Vegas Nevada

Stephen Paddock, 64-year-old wealthy former accountant and high-stakes gambler has been identified by police as the man behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history when he opened fire from the Mandalay By Hotel and Casino on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 others, before turning the gun on himself as police closed in.

"Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood", Lombardo told reporters. Paddock bought 33 guns, mostly rifles, during that period, an ATF spokesperson said.

"In coordination with the FBI's behavioural analysis unit, a comprehensive picture is being drawn as to the suspect's mental state and now we do not believe there is one particular event in the suspect's life for us to key on", Sheriff Lombardo said.

The Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corporation lifted concertgoers over barriers and hid them behind pillars as gunfire rang out from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino. "(I'm) thinking fireworks from the concert that was across the street", Conrade said in an interview with Wichita's KWCH 12 News on Tuesday. He was quick to say that MGM Grand Resorts, which owns the Mandalay Bay, is also vigilant about safety.

"I could smell the- gun powder that- that had went off in the room".

He is not believed to have held any extremist views and did not call police to explain his actions like Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub gunman who fatally shot 49 people a year ago.

The pair drove to the scene. Bitsko thought there might have been more than one gunman.

A minute later, the security officer told police he had been shot and gave them the location of Paddock's room.

They found the stairwell door for the floor screwed shut with metal.

"This individual and this attack didn't leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks", McCabe said.

"Hurry, hurry - hurry but be quiet", Newton remembered saying. "We didn't know where he was going to be in that room".

"Roughly 10:30 at night, I heard the first volley of shots go off. Nearby him that was on the ground consistent with him shooting himself" Joshua Bitsko added.

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"I didn't have anything really to do with him, but the bad streak is in my blood".

Officers with the Mesquite Police Department re-searched the three-bedroom house in Mesquite, Nevada, for "re-documenting and rechecking", police Chief Troy Tanner told the Associated Press.

"(Paddock) didn't set off any alarms.

Inside, the officers found drills and other tools, along with drill bits, phones, laptops, guns and ammunition. Some threw their bodies over loved ones to protect them from the gunfire, while others died in the arms of their husbands and wives.

The room smelled like gunpowder, Bitsko recalled.

"This is critical for us", Rouse said. By the time officers entered the room, Paddock was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd", Newton said.

Police still have not determined Paddock's motive in the attack.

"He had toolboxes [and] power tools to run wires for his surveillance systems.

Everything that he had, it took him days to finish", Bitsko said.

Officer David Newton of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, one of the first people to enter the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino hotel room on October 1, spotted the note. Clarkson was grazed in the neck.

Sometimes, he paid the woman roughly $7,500 an encounter to play out rape fantasies, where he tied her up and instructed her to "scream" for help, she said.

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