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Tracking how the Las Vegas shooter got his hands on 47 guns

A general view of the house in the Sun City Mesquite community where suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock lived Tracking how the Las Vegas shooter got his hands on 47 guns
Melinda Barton | 10 October, 2017, 10:55

No one knows when Paddock committed suicide, but the shooting stopped shortly after hotel security guard Jesus Campos and the first of Sheriff Lombardo's officers arrived on the 32nd floor.

Stephen Paddock, 64, turned a gun on himself on Sunday after firing hundreds of bullets into the crowd gathered for the final night of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, killing almost 60 people and wounding hundreds.

Campos was shot while investigating an alarm that was unrelated to Paddock's room. Representatives said Paddock won about $300.

Paddock's final shots were fired at 10.15 p.m., according to a Lombardo.

"This one is somewhat different than numerous ones we've dealt with in the past, because we don't have any immediately accessible thumbprints that would indicate the shooter's ideology or motivation, or really what compelled him to get there", McCabe said.

Investigators have examined Paddock's politics, his finances, any possible radicalization and his social behavior _ typical investigative avenues that have helped uncover the motive in past shootings.

The previous weekend, Paddock had rented a high-rise condo in a building that overlooked the Life is lovely alternative music festival featuring Chance the Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182, said Lombardo, who offered no other details about what led Paddock there.

"We have been down each and every one of these paths", McMahill said. "We believe he chose to take the lives he did and he had a very purposeful plan that he carried out".

According to Lombardo, investigators are talking to Paddock's family, his brother Eric and Marilou Danley, his girlfriend, to get insight into Paddock.

Paddock had power tools and was attempting to drill a hole in an adjacent wall, perhaps to mount another camera or to point a rifle through, but he never completed the work, Lombardo said.

"Those we lost were taken before their time but their names and their stories will forever be etched into the hearts of the American people", he said. "So he had had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there".

He shot at jet fuel tanks at McCarran International Airport and had protective gear in the hotel suite and explosives in his parked auto, Sheriff Lombardo said. We heard, you know, active shooter.

Investigators believe a note found in the Las Vegas shooter's hotel room contained a series of numbers that helped him calculate more precise shots.

Authorities who have logged hundreds of interviews suggest that though Paddock was a successful businessman, he struggled interacting with people.

Investigators also found Tannerite, an explosive composed of two substances, in Paddock's vehicle.

The home was first searched Monday by Las Vegas police, who said they found 19 guns and several pounds of potentially explosive materials at the house that Paddock bought in early 2015.

One officer described approaching the shooter's room as a "deadly game of hide and seek" before they stormed in and found his body and an arsenal of guns.

Officials said Paddock had screwed shut the door with a piece of metal and some screws, but an officer had a pry bar and was able to easily pop it open.

The Las Vegas police have given few media interviews since the massacre, instead releasing information through news briefings held over the last week.

The National Rifle Association, which has opposed efforts to pass federal gun legislation following previous mass shootings, said it would not oppose moves to regulate bump stocks.