72°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

Authorities still not clear on who Stephen Paddock was

Updated October 4, 2017 - 10:06 pm

Stephen Paddock, the gunman who rained bullets on the Route 91 Harvest festival on Sunday night, spent decades stockpiling weapons and ammunition, and he “meticulously” planned the night he sprayed gunfire from his room at the Mandalay Bay on a crowd of concertgoers on the Strip, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Wednesday.

Authorities still aren’t clear on why Paddock did what he did or who he was.

“Anything that would indicate this individual’s trigger point, that would cause him to do such harm, we haven’t understood it yet,” Lombardo said.

Police said 58 people were killed and 489 were injured in the rampage Sunday night at the country music festival on the Strip. Of the 489 injured, 317 have been discharged from area hospitals, Lombardo said. Previous injury totals were higher, and Lombardo said the difference was partially a result of double counting and injuries later determined not to have been suffered at the concert.

Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, led a secret life, Lombardo said, “much of which will never be fully understood.”

Lombardo mentioned a 10-year span of Paddock’s life that police have struggled to grasp. Police knew he was retired and had real estate investments, Lombardo said, but haven’t gotten information from an ex-wife or a brother.

He emphasized the shooting was planned and premeditated, calling Paddock “disturbed.”

“So don’t you think the concealment of his history, or his life, was well-thought-out?” Lombardo asked. “And it’s incumbent upon us as professionals to dig that up.”

The FBI had nobody in custody as of Wednesday evening, FBI agent Aaron Rouse said.

“We will get to the bottom of this, no matter how long it takes,” he said.

Rouse declined to answer questions about Marilou Danley, Paddock’s girlfriend who was previously named as a person of interest.

He said authorities had not uncovered evidence of terrorism, but they were continuing to investigate.

“It’s our community, too. We live here,” he said.

Stockpile

The number of gunshots Paddock fired remained unclear Wednesday night. Lombardo said “well in the excess of thousands” of ammunition were found in his hotel room.

In addition to the previously mentioned ammonium nitrate, police found 50 pounds of the explosive Tannerite and about 1,600 rounds of ammunition in Paddock’s car at Mandalay Bay, Lombardo said.

According to a law enforcement source, Paddock left 18 30-round magazines of .308 ammunition and 15 40-round magazines of .223 ammunition and police assume it was for additional violence if he escaped the hotel room.

There were 13 suitcases that he brought up a few at a time, the source said. The source said Paddock knew there were eight-hour shifts and spread the bag transports among shifts to avoid attracting attention.

Lombardo said he saw evidence Paddock planned to survive his massacre, but refused to elaborate.

Security guard

Paddock poured at least 200 bullets into the hallway and toward the security guard assisting Metro’s approach to his 32nd-floor hotel room, Lombardo said.

Police could see a gun in his room through the bullet holes left in the door, he said.

“It’s amazing that security guard didn’t sustain additional injury,” Lombardo said.

The security guard first identified Paddock’s location when he was shot. He didn’t get separated from police as previously stated, Lombardo clarified Wednesday, but rather was looking for the shooter on his own based on tips. The guard discovered Paddock’s door because it was ajar, Lombardo said.

Police had an idea of where Paddock was, but the guard alerted officers after he’d been shot. The guard, while still injured, continued to help officers evacuate nearby rooms, Lombardo said, adding police had to tell the guard to leave and seek medical help.

Police don’t know why Paddock stopped shooting, Lombardo said.

Some of the guns Paddock had were jammed, but could’ve kept firing, Lombardo said.

At least three of the guns had hunting scopes, Lombardo said.

Speaking on his own assumption, Lombardo said he thinks Paddock stopped shooting after he saw the security guard. Had the guard not found his room, Lombardo thinks officers would’ve found it soon after based on their own investigation.

Authorities are looking for any additional persons of interest.

“Do you think this was all accomplished on his own?” Lombardo posited. He said authorities questioned if he had help based on the number of weapons and explosives he had in Reno and Mesquite, and the number of guns carried into his room. Authorities were investigating whether anybody he knew might have been an accomplice.

The Ogden

Paddock rented a room overlooking the Life is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas a week earlier, Lombardo said.

Lombardo said Paddock used room-sharing site Airbnb to rent a room at The Ogden during the festival, which ran from Sept. 22-24.

He said investigators had not yet determined why Paddock rented the room or whether he was engaged in “presurveillance” of the music and art event.

“We don’t know yet,” he said of Paddock’s presence in the condominium complex.

According to the law enforcement source, Paddock tried to get a room at El Cortez, 600 Fremont St., but it was sold out, so he rented three rooms at The Ogden, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. North. One room was booked between Sept. 17-22, a second room was booked from Sept. 21-23 and the third Sept. 24-28.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Art Kane contributed to this story.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Crime Videos
CCSD police on the arrest of Deamonte Warren - VIDEO
CCSD police arrested Chaparral High School custodian Deamonte Warren on Friday on three counts of a school employee having sex with a student and an additional count of providing alcohol to a minor. (Courtesy CCSD Police)
Woman charged with sex trafficking an 11-year-old girl on the Strip (Michael Quine)
Gigi Mitchell faces seven felony charges including sex trafficking and child abuse for bringing an 11-year-old girl to the Las Vegas Strip to work as a prostitute.
Bel Air Drive Officer Involved Shooting Presser - Video
LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly goes over the officer-involved shooting on Bel Air Drive.
Former Las Vegas police officer get 25 life sentences for sexually abusing child
Former Las Vegas Police officer Bret Theil was sentences to 25 consecutive life sentences at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, May 15, 2019, for sexually abusing a child over a decade. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Man pushed off bus in Las Vegas - VIDEO
Las Vegas police arrested 25-year-old Cadesha Bishop on May 6, after she allegedly pushed Serge Fournier, 74, off of a parked bus near Fremont Street and 13th Street about 4:50 p.m. March 21.(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
$1 million bail set for mother charged with drowning 2-year-old daughter
The 44-year-old mother who police say drowned her 2-year-old daughter in a bathtub in a northeast Las Vegas apartment on Saturday made her first court appearance on Tuesday, May 14th.
Officer arrested on suspicion of lewdness with a child appears in court
Matthew James Terry, a Las Vegas police officer arrested on suspicion of lewdness with a child, appears in court Monday morning, May 13, 2019. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Police seek hit-and-run driver
A motorcycle officer pulled over a Mercedes SUV, and after the officer came to a stop, it shifted into reverse, intentionally hitting the officer.
Thedrick Andres becomes Henderson Police Department acting chief
Henderson Police Department Acting Chief Thedrick Andres speaks about his goals in his new position at the Henderson Police headquarters, Monday, April 29, 2019. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
2 dead, 1 wounded after east valley neighborhood shooting
One man and one woman are dead and another man wounded after a shooting Thursday afternoon in an east valley neighborhood.
Bail denied for former police detective charged with murder
Bail was denied Tuesday for former Metropolitan Police Department detective, Pamela Rene Bordeaux who is accused of fatally shooting her daughter’s ex-husband during supervised visitation with his child.
Third suspect in death of California doctor appears in court
The third and final suspect in the killing of a California doctor, Jon Kennison, 27, appears in court Friday, April 19, 2019. Kennison, Kelsey Nichole Turner, a former model, and Diana Pena, face charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Richard Cleaves of Pahrump arrested in burglary on former Binion property
Updated press release regarding burglary on a former Binion property: Richard Cleaves, 56 of Pahrump, has been arrested on a warrant for burglary, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, and destruction of property. (Nye County Sheriff's Office)
Judge denies bail for suspect charged in the killing of California doctor
Diana Pena, one of three people charged in the killing of a California doctor, is being held without bail after her fingerprints were found on the car where Dr. Thomas Burchard's body was discovered.
Ex-NFL player and girlfriend held without bail in child’s death
Former professional football player Cierre Wood and his girlfriend, Amy Taylor, face charges of murder and child abuse in the death of Taylor's 5-year-old daughter. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NHP identifies man who was shot by trooper on Mount Charleston
Nevada Highway Patrol updates the media on the April 2, 2019 officer involved shooting on Mount Charleston. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas court grants '90 Day Fiancé' defendant continuance
"90 Day Fiance" stars Colt Johnson and his mother Debra left the Las Vegas Justice Center Thursday, after the court granted Larissa dos Santos Lima a continuance in her misdemeanor case, in which she is accused of domestic violence against Colt. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Details released on in-custody death
Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank addresses media about details of an in-custody death at Clark County Detention Center on March 31. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Man hurt in shooting with Nevada troopers at Mount Charleston
A man was injured in a shooting involving Nevada Highway Patrol troopers Tuesday afternoon at Mount Charleston on state Route 157 near Echo Trail. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Officer wounds inmate during escape attempt
An officer fired on an inmate who stole a vehicle and tried to flee, ramming several cars and leading officers on a chase until he ran out of gas.
Man fatally shot during a 'beer skip'
A store clerk is being questioned after a man was fatally shot during a robbery at a gas station Friday. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88s
Las Vegas police give details on fatal shooting
Metro homicide Lt. Ray Spencer gives a briefing on a fatal shooting near downtown Las Vegas that occurred on March 27, 2019. (Katelyn Newberg/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas community pays tribute to boy killed by car
The community joined friends and family at Wilbur & Theresa Faiss Park, Wednesday evening, to remember the boy who was struck and killed by a car crossing South Fort Apache Road from Faiss Park, near West Maule Avenue, on Monday. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Person of Interest Found For Downtown Las Vegas Bar - Video
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is seeking help to find a person of interest in a potential homicide case at a bar in downtown Las Vegas.
Metro briefs media on OIS near downtown Las Vegas
Police address media about officer-involved shooting that started on Maryland and Vegas Valley, and concluded downtown, near the Golden Nugget.
Update on OIS at Vegas Valley and Maryland
The incident began at the Steinberg Diagnostic Medical parking lot and ended downtown.
Amy And Spencer Powell Recount Hit And Run
Amy Powell and her son Spencer recount the day Spencer was hit by a truck while riding his bike. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Jeremy Burch of Tonopah arrested in Amarillo, TX
Jeremy Burch of Tonopah was arrested in Amarillo, TX on a Nye County warrant for open murder, burglary, obtaining money under false pretense, use of credit card w/o owner consent, and destruction of evidence. (Nye County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
Metro Presser For OIS 6 (Full)
Metro police address the officer involved shooting that took place on March 19, 2019.
Metro Presser For OIS 6
Metro police address the officer involved shooting that took place on March 19, 2019.
Domestic disturbance call ends in suicide
A man died by suicide after police tried negotiating with him outside of his ex-girlfriend’s home on March 13. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88s
20-year-old armed robbery suspect shot by Las Vegas police
A 20-year-old armed robbery suspect shot by a Las Vegas officer on Saturday night is also accused of burglarizing a Boys & Girls Club minutes before the shooting.
Commercial Robbery On 3000 Block Of North Las Vegas Blvd - VIDEO
On February 19th, 2019, at approximately 10:23 am, a robbery occurred to a business located on the 3000 block of North Las Vegas Boulevard. The pictured suspect entered the business, approached the counter and pointed a firearm at the victim demanding money. The victim complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported.
THE LATEST