The latest reports say 58 people have died as a result of the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night. More than 525 people are still recovering from various injuries suffered during the Route 91 Harvest Festival outside the Mandalay Bay hotel. The current death toll does include the shooter who opened fire from the 32nd floor.
The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, allegedly had 23 firearms in his hotel room when he was discovered diseased – believed to have killed himself after the attack. Paddock is estimated to have fired at concert-goers for upwards of ten minutes. The crowd of 22,000 people was sent into a tizzy, running in all directions without knowing where the gunfire was coming from.
In addition to the firearms found in Paddock’s room, Police also recovered close to 50 more weapons at three locations belonging to the shooter. Records show that he purchased 33 guns in just the past calendar year. Witnesses say Paddock, a known gambler, was out on the Las Vegas strip for a large portion of the two nights leading up to Sunday. Investigators are currently looking into possible accomplices, assuming Paddock could not carry out an assault of this magnitude alone.
Police remain puzzled as to why Paddock opened fire on festival-goers in Las Vegas. Paddock was a known gun-enthusiast, reportedly collecting weapons since the early 1980s. While he has no criminal record, Paddock’s past behavior has certainly raised some questions. The Nevada resident reportedly booked a hotel back in August that overviewed the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Perhaps he was scoping out a possible attack that came to fruition last weekend.
Questions have arisen about Paddock’s girlfriend as well. Marilou Delaney is believed to have been Paddock’s partner of the past few months. Paddock allegedly paid for her trip to her native Phillipines and wired $100,000 to her right before the attack. Delaney was in the Phillipines during the assault, but has since flown back to answer questions from police investigating the situation.
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