BLOG: Sniper in high-rise hotel kills at least 59 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 58 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

At least 527 others were injured in the Sunday night attack, authorities said.

SWAT teams using explosives stormed the gunman’s hotel room in the sleek, gold-colored glass skyscraper and found he had killed himself, authorities said. The gunman, identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree from Mesquite, Nevada, had as many as 10 guns with him, including rifles, they said.

Asked about the motive for the attack, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said: “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath at this point.”

The sheriff said a check of federal and state databases showed Paddock was not on law enforcement authorities’ radar before the bloodbath.

Aaron Rouse, the FBI agent in charge in Las Vegas, said investigators saw no immediate evidence connecting it to an international terror organization, despite a claim of responsibility from the Islamic State group.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by local officials to benefit the victims of the shooting. The funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and their families.

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AP: A Nevada sheriff says one on-duty officer is in critical condition and another was wounded in the Las Vegas concert shooting that left more than 20 people dead.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says two off-duty officers have died.

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The Law Vegas Shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock, birth date of 4/9/53. 

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Latest update: 50 dead as a result of the shooting

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(AP) — Nevada sheriff identifies Las Vegas resident Stephen Paddock as the dead man suspected of opening fire on concert.

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(AP) — Nevada sheriff says at least 50 people dead and at least 200 injured in Las Vegas concert shooting.

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AP: Authorities say the on-duty police officer who was wounded at the deadly Las Vegas concert attack is out of surgery and in stable condition.

The unnamed officer was one of two on-duty Las Vegas police officers wounded Sunday night. The other sustained minor injuries.

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Many people/groups are offering their condolences:

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AP: Las Vegas police say they’ve determined that a woman they were seeking is no longer considered a “person of interest” in the deadly mass shooting at a country music festival.

Police say they don’t believe 62-year-old Marilou Danley was involved in the Sunday night shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200.

Police initially said they were seeking the woman who may have been the roommate of the shooter.

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(CNN) — The Las Vegas Strip massacre has no known link to overseas terrorism or terror groups, a US official with knowledge of the case said.

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Latest update from the Las Vegas PD: 

LVMPD Identifies Suspect in Sunday Night Shooting on the Strip

An Estimated 406 People Transported to Hospitals, 50 Dead

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the lone suspect involved in the late-night mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as 64-year-old, Stephen Craig Paddock, a white male from Mesquite, Nevada.

Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday evening at approximately 10:08 p.m. The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rang out. LVMPD SWAT responded to the call, breached the hotel room and found the suspect dead.

The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals and 50 are dead following Sunday evening’s shooting.

Among the dead is an LVMPD officer who was off-duty at the time. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. There were also two on-duty officers injured, one of whom was upgraded recently from critical to stable condition. The other sustained non-life threatening wounds.

This is still an active investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.

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Also from LVMPD: The identification process of all of the injured and the deceased will take time, so authorities are asking the public for patience.

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Shooting suspect Stephen Paddock 

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AP: Police said Monday morning that the shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock was found dead in a hotel room with as many as 10 firearms.

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AP: Pope Francis is calling the Las Vegas shooting a “senseless tragedy” and is assuring victims of his prayers.

The Vatican secretary of state sent a telegram of condolences Monday to the bishop of Las Vegas, saying the pope was “deeply saddened” to learn of the shooting.

The telegram said Francis praised the efforts of police and emergency crews.

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AP: The brother of the man who killed at least 50 people at an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip says he’s “completely dumbfounded” by the shooting, which is the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

In a brief interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Eric Paddock says he can’t understand what happened. He also said he’s made a statement to police.

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CNN: (CNN) — President Donald Trump will address the deadliest mass shooting in US history on Monday morning from the White House.

The gun attack on a country music festival Sunday in Las Vegas killed at least 50 people and injured more than 400 others.
Trump will speak about the attack from the Diplomatic Reception Room mid-morning.
The massacre in Nevada is the worst domestic act of violence of Trump’s presidency.

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(AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying that the perpetrator was “a soldier” who had converted to Islam months ago, without providing any evidence to support the claim.

It did not name the suspected shooter, identified by Las Vegas police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, but said he had “executed the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition” batting the extremist group in Iraq and Syria.
IS often claims attacks by individuals inspired by its message but with no known links to the group.

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This image shows the broken windows from the hotel room where police found Stephen Paddock.

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The Mesquite Police Department released this picture of Stephen Paddock’s home.

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AP: President Trump said the nation must stay unified. He said that although “feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that binds us today and always will.”

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(AP) — Islamic State claims Las Vegas attack, says shooter converted to Islam months ago, but provides no evidence.

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UPDATE: 59 people have died as a result of the mass shooting in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo: We have just learned of a new property belonging to Paddock. That will be searched shortly.

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FBI Special Agent on ISIS Claim: “We have determined no connection to an international terror group at this time.”

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AP: The CIA is advising caution on “jumping to conclusions” after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting.

Agency spokesman Jonathan Liu says U.S. intelligence agencies are aware of the claim of responsibility. But he says people shouldn’t rush to judgment “before the facts are in.”

The CIA is deferring to law enforcement on the status of the investigation.

Without providing any evidence, the Islamic State group on Monday said the gunman in the mass shooting in Las Vegas was “a soldier” from its ranks who had converted to Islam months ago.

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AP: Two country singers on the bill at the Route 91 Harvest Festival have described a scene of terror that felt like a “war zone” as a shooter in a Las Vegas hotel rained gunfire down on thousands of music fans.

Tyler Reeve says he was backstage when a volley of shots rang out Sunday night during a performance by Jason Aldean. He and other singers took cover in a trailer while bullets struck tour buses, equipment cases and the stage.

He called the scene a war zone with bodies everywhere. Dylan Schneider, another singer who also performed that day, says he took cover under bleachers near the stage before he started “running for my life.”

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AP: A bell tolled three times as a solemn President Donald Trump paused on the White House South Lawn for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Flanked by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, Trump walked out onto the lawn for the memorial moment Monday afternoon. The White House’s flag stood at half-staff overhead.

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AP: The Senate has observed a moment of silence to honor victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “this is a moment of national mourning.”

He says the mass shooting is shocking and tragic and devastating for the families of the victims.

McConnell says, “It’s hard to even imagine their pain.”

The Senate’s tribute followed a moment of silence at the White House, where President Donald Trump paused on the South Lawn as a bell tolled three times.

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AP: A brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock says he was a multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate.

Eric Paddock told reporters Monday in Orlando that his brother was also an accountant for many years.

He was not aware of his brother having any recent financial difficulties.

Stephen Craig Paddock recently sent a walker by mail to his 90-year-old mother.

The brother says the shooter collected coins when he was a child.

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CNN: (CNN) — The man police say killed at least 58 people on the Las Vegas Strip was a retired accountant who enjoyed playing $100-a-hand poker, his brother says.

Here’s what else we know about Stephen Paddock, the assailant in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

• He was 64 years old and lived in Mesquite, Nevada a retiree community about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. He had previously lived in the Orlando, Florida, area.

• He was divorced, was not known to have children, and was living with a woman in a home in Mesquite.

• He’d never shown violent tendencies, said his brother, Eric Paddock of Orlando, Florida. “He was my brother and it’s like an asteroid fell out of the sky,” he said when he learned his sibling was the gunman in the Las Vegas massacre.

• His father was a bank robber, Eric Paddock said. The FBI lists the late Benjamin Hoskins Paddock as being on the FBI’s most-wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977.

• The father escaped from prison in 1969 and lived on the run until 1978, when he was arrested in Oregon, the Eugene Register-Guard reported at the time.

• Eric Paddock said his father died a few years ago and that “he was never with my mom.” Eric said he was born while his father was on the run.

• Stephen last communicated with his brother via a text, Eric said, asking about their mother, who’d lost power during Hurricane Irma. Eric also said Stephen spoke to his mother on the phone a week or two ago.

• Eric Paddock says his brother did not have affiliations with any terror or hate group, and that he doesn’t know why his brother would do this.

• “He was a wealthy guy playing video poker … on cruises,” his brother said, adding that Stephen could afford anything he wanted and played $100-a-hand poker.

• Eric Paddock said his brother owned apartments and houses. Business records filed in Texas show “Stephen C. Paddock” listed as the manager of “Mesquite Central Park Apartments GP 1, LLC” in Mesquite, Texas. In a statement, the apartment complex at that address said Paddock is not the current owner.

• Stephen Paddock’s ex-wife lives in Los Angeles County, California, and has had no contact with him in years, authorities said. They divorced 27 years ago after six years of marriage.

• Authorities searched Paddock’s home in Mesquite on Monday and found weapons and ammunition, but Mesquite police spokesman Quinn Averett did not give details. Eric Paddock said he helped Stephen move to Mesquite about a year ago.

• Marilou Danley was identified as Paddock’s companion or roommate, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

• She does not appear to have been involved in the shooting and was in the Philippines when the massacre took place, authorities said. Paddock had been using some of her identification, Lombardo said.

• He kept a low profile. Law enforcement has no “derogatory information” about Stephen Paddock, besides the fact that he received a citation several years ago that was handled in the court system, Lombardo said.

• Paddock had been staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas since last Thursday. He killed himself in his room on the 32nd-floor before a police SWAT team burst in, Lombardo said.

• Authorities believe Paddock had a device similar to a hammer to smash the hotel windows prior to the shooting, Lombardo said. Officials think Paddock brought the weapons into the hotel by himself but did not provide specifics.

• Hotel employees had been in his room prior to the shooting but did not notice anything amiss, Lombardo said.

• Paddock had bought multiple firearms in the past, several of them purchased in California, a law enforcement official told CNN. But those don’t appear to be among the 10 or more guns found in the Mandalay Bay hotel room.

• The suspicion, based on initial reports, is that at least one of the rifles used was altered to function as an automatic weapon, the official said. Among the weapons found were a .223 caliber and a .308 caliber.

• So far investigators believe the firearms were purchased legally. A Mesquite store, Guns & Guitars, said it sold a gun to Paddock and that “he never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time.”

• Eric Paddock said he knew his brother had a couple of handguns and maybe one long rifle, but did not know of any automatic weapons.

• Stephen Paddock did not have a machine gun when he moved him from Melbourne to Mesquite, Eric Paddock said.

• The suspect had a pilot’s license but he was not up to date on the medical certification he would need in order to fly legally, a federal official said.

• The FAA website shows that the last time he went to get the medical certification required for private pilots who want to fly was February 2008 so he could not have flown legally recently.

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• The FAA will not release any information regarding his mental health from his last certification in 2008 because it is protected under federal privacy rules.

• So far, authorities have found no military records for Stephen Paddock.

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AP: The Las Vegas shooting that left more than 50 dead and more than 500 injured is underscoring how easy it can be to bring weapons and other contraband into hotels. The shooter posted himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, firing hundreds of rounds on a music festival taking place outside on the streets below.

How he got the weapons and ammo in his room isn’t immediately known. But security experts say he could easily have hid firearms and ammunition in suitcases, golf bags or other innocuous containers. And unless they’re kept out in the open in your room, it would be tough for housekeeping to know.

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AP: Big U.S. airlines are allowing passengers to change their plans for flights to or from Las Vegas without facing penalties following the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines said Monday that they are offering waivers through Tuesday. A waiver from United Airlines lasts through Friday.

The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs released a statement Monday offering condolences to the victims of the shooting at a country music festival.

The statement says: “We know that Las Vegas will shine again, but for now we mourn the tragedy it has endured in this dark time.”

The department says it is offering support to local businesses that rely on tourism.

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AP: Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says 59 people have been killed and 527 injured in a mass shooting Sunday night at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas.

Lombardo also says investigators found 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition in the home of suspected shooter Stephen Craig Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada.

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AP: The owner of a gun shop in Mesquite, Nevada, says the Las Vegas shooter bought firearms there and never gave any indication that he might have been unstable.

Guns & Guitars general manager Christopher Sullivan said in a statement Monday that 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock showed no signs of being unfit to buy guns.

Store spokesman Shawn Vincent declined comment on how many guns Paddock bought and said those details could only be shared with authorities.

Sullivan says all necessary background checks and procedures were followed under local, state and federal laws and that he’s cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Paddock lived in a house in a retirement community in the small city of Mesquite.

A Utah gun store owner has said Paddock visited his shop about a 40-minute drive from Mesquite and purchased a shotgun.

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AP: Police gathered outside a Reno, Nevada, home that is owned by the Las Vegas shooter.

A dozen officers carrying rifles were at the house in an upscale neighborhood near the state line with California on Monday afternoon. They closed a two-block stretch around the house in a neighborhood that has a community clubhouse with a tennis court and a billiard room.

Three SWAT team trucks and a bomb squad truck accompanied police.

County assessor records say the house is owned by Stephen Craig Paddock, identified as the man who killed 59 people and injured hundreds at a country music concert.

Next-door neighbor Dee McKay said she last saw Paddock in June after he moved to Mesquite, Nevada, where Paddock also owns a home.

She says Paddock said he was a professional gambler and that the home’s garage had a safe the size of a refrigerator.

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AP: Investigators have updated the number of firearms they found in the hotel room and home of the Las Vegas shooter.

Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo says officers have found 23 firearms in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of Stephen Craig Paddock and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.

Fasulo stresses that investigators believe Paddock was the sole shooter.

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