Las Vegas massacre suspect Stephen Paddock committed suicide, police say
- Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, has been identified as the suspected gunman in the Las Vegas massacre.
- Police say he killed himself before they reached him.
- He had no known connection to terrorism, investigators say.
- At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured, police say.
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The suspected gunmen in the Las Vegas shooting has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that the shooter was found dead in a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay in an apparent suicide. Lombardo said Paddock opened fire from the room, and there were no other shooters. Police said he had no known connection to terrorism.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said.
At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were sent to hospitals after the gunman opened fire on more than 22,000 concertgoers in Las Vegas late Sunday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Lombardo said the police department had located a number of firearms in the room he occupied in the hotel. Officers will also be carrying out a search on Paddock’s residence in Mesquite, 90 miles northeast of the hotel.
Investigators said they located a woman who had been traveling with Paddock, Marilou Danley.
Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH
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Danley was not with Paddock when he checked into Mandalay Bay, but he had used some of her identification papers, Lombardo said. He said police “have had a conversation with her,” and that “at this time” Danley was not believed to have been involved.
Paddock was not known to the federal authorities, but was known to local law enforcement, according to NBC News.
Several police officials and a casino executive told NBC News that Paddock had gambled more than $10,000 per day multiple times over the past several weeks. The reports do not reveal if, or how much, Paddock won or lost on those days.
The shooting took place at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival across the road from the Mandalay Bay on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.