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Massive Chicago concert was in Vegas killer's sights

Mass-Shooting-At-Mandalay-Bay-In-Las-Vegas_2 Massive Chicago concert was in Vegas killer's sights
Nellie Chapman | 07 October, 2017, 03:19

Though Paddock had a stockpile of weapons, he reportedly wasn't an avid shooter and had no criminal history. "That's the one in this one, and we are not there yet", FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said.

An FBI official said on Thursday (NZ time) that no-one had been taken into custody over the shooting spree, but Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told the same news conference he found it hard to believe the arsenal of weapons, ammunition and explosives recovered by police could have been assembled by Paddock completely on his own.

Danley is understood to have been in the Philippines for 10 days before the shooting, writes the Daily Mail, though The Independent reports that Paddock may have forcibly sent her overseas so she couldn't "interfere with his deadly rampage". He had a camera installed in his hotel room and had piled up 24 guns and thousands of rounds before opening fire from a hotel window at people attending the concert.

Mendoza said Paddock would lay into the much smaller Danley when she asked about using his casino card, which had credits from gambling that could be used to pay for things inside the casino.

Mr Eric Paddock, the shooter's brother, said the family was "bewildered" as to what drove him to mass murder, saying in a telephone interview the family would release a brief statement through the sheriff's office in Orlando, Florida, where some of the shooter's relatives live. It said investigators were trying to trace the money and were probing at least a dozen financial reports over the past several weeks that said Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day.

Where other mass killers have left behind a trail of plain-sight clues that help investigators quickly understand what drove them to violence, Paddock led a low-key, private life. More than 500 people were injured, some trampled.

Lombardo added, "It's troublesome that this individual was able to move this amount of gear into a hotel room unassisted".

Lombardo said he is "absolutely" confident authorities will find out what set Paddock off.

There was no word on a motive for the attack.

"A team of six officers that approached security, they went up the elevators after discussing the situation with the security and obtaining intelligence", Lombardo said.

"There were armored personnel vehicles, SWAT vehicles, ambulances, and at least a half-mile of police cars", Baggett said.

The 64-year-old retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself before officers stormed Room 135 in the gold-coloured glass skyscraper.

In the days and months before he mowed down concertgoers from his high-rise hotel suite, gunman Stephen Paddock rented rooms overlooking two other music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago, authorities said. According to The Washington Post, Danley married a man named Geary Danley in Las Vegas in 1990 and they divorced in 2015.