Frustrated police appeal for public's help in Las Vegas case

11 October, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • The damaged windows on the 32nd floor room that was used by the shooter in the Mandalay Hotel and the Route 91 festival venue after a gunman killed more than 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music festiva

Investigators have spent most of this week piecing together the story of Stephen Paddock, who on Sunday opened fire from his Las Vegas hotel suite, gunning down 58 people at a country music festival and injuring hundreds more.

Video shot of the pandemonium that erupted when Paddock started strafing the festival showed a muzzle flash from his room at the Mandalay Bay resort, but bullets weren't visible in the night sky.

One of the first memorials services for victims of the Las Vegas shooting massacre was held Saturday in Bakersfield, California, for Jack Beaton, who died shielding his wife from gunfire.

McMahill said investigators had reviewed voluminous video from the casino and don't think Paddock had an accomplice in the shooting, but they want to know if anyone knew about his plot beforehand.

They arrived on the 32nd floor of the luxury hotel to discover Paddock had barricaded shut a stairwell door, going up to the hallway, right by his room, to try and stop police and hotel security during his rampage.

Charles "Sid" Heal, a retired Los Angeles County sheriff's commander and tactical expert, said the new timeline "changes the whole perspective of the shooting".

USA authorities have received more than 1,000 tips, but are still struggling to determine what motivated Paddock, who did not have a criminal record, to carry out the carefully planned attack.

Wynn said Paddock didn't run up debts or have a gambling problem, and he had "the most vanilla profile one could possibly imagine".

Where other mass killers have left behind a trail of plain-sight clues that help investigators quickly understand what drove them to violence, Paddock, 64, had almost no close friends, social media presence or other clear connections to the broader world.

Rouse said that they will create billboard ads around Las Vegas that will feature the words: "If you know something, say something" along with a phone number to report any leads.

It has also been widely suspected that Paddock had been scouting out other locations near open-air concerts in the weeks before the Las Vegas attack.

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Las Vegas' Democratic Congresswoman Dina Titus was the only speaker who touched on the subject of gun violence and politics, saying, "Let us also pray for those who have power that they will have the wisdom, the courage, and the resolve to find ways to end the gun violence that plagues our nation".

Unlike so many other perpetrators of deadly mass shootings before him, Paddock left behind no suicide note, no manifesto, no recordings and no messages on social media pointing to his intent, according to police.

McMahill said police have looked into "everything", including Paddock's personal life, political affiliations, his economic situation and social behaviors while trying to determine a motive.

"We have butlers and waiters and masseuses and the people in the beauty shop that know this woman and this man completely", Wynn said.

"Each time I push the button, it will range from $100 to $1,350", he said. "(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.

The 27-year-old prostitute said she saw Paddock, 64, about nine times between November 2015 and June 2016 when he traveled to Vegas without longtime live-in girlfriend Marilou Danley.

Officer Dave Newton from the Las Vegas Police Department's K-9 unit said he noticed a note on the shooter's nightstand once officers breached the room. On Tuesday, though, as more photos of Paddock circulated, numerous folks who had said they'd never heard of him started resurfacing to tell Curtis they recalled seeing him.

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

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

But he wanted to help as many people as possible, he said.

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