Here’s how Las Vegas Police found the shooter:
The location of the Las Vegas shooter was discovered due to his hotel room’s fire alarms going off from the smoke emitting from his weapons, a former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer told CBS This Morning. “The way the shooter was identified was not from the muzzle flashes, but the smoke detector in the room went off from the amount of smoke that came from firing that fully automatic weapon,” the officer, Randy Sutton, said.
Here are the latest updates:
Las Vegas Police have announced that Marilou Danley – who was sought in connection to the massive shooting that occurred on the Las Vegas Strip Monday night – is not a suspect.
The police also said they have located the vehicles in question.
We have located the vehicles in question, and we are confident we have located the female person of interest.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
At least 50 people were killed and as many as 400 were injured when a gunman – identified as Mesquite, Nevada, resident Stephen Paddock – opened fire on a crowd of thousands at a country music festival along the Las Vegas Strip. He was apparently shooting from a room in an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay resort across from the event.
One former Las Vegas officer said the planning of the attack was “immaculate.”
“The shooting went on for somewhere in the area of 15, 20 minutes, so that interfered with getting the first responders into the area,” Randy Sutton said on CBS “This Morning.”
Sutton said the gunman planned the “horrific shooting immaculately.”
“When you look at what his field of fire was,” he said.
“The way that he prepared himself by having multiple firearms, by having the ability to have enough ammunition to rain down hell on those poor innocent people that were doing nothing except enjoying themselves.”
Police who stormed Maddock’s room said he stocked his hotel room with weapons and was intent on killing as many people as possible at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
“We’ve located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told the media. “We have no idea what his belief system was. Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”
Paddock was “known to local authorities” but didn’t have a criminal record. He was found dad at the scene when authorities used explosives to blast through his hotel room door.
The Automatic gunfire rang out Sunday night while singer Jason Aldean was on stage.
More than 50 people have been killed and the latest reports indicate as many as 400 people were injured. At last two off-duty police officers were among the victims.
Carly Krygier told CNN she was at the country music festival on the Strip with her 4-year-old daughter when the shooting began.
“We just heard what we thought were fireworks,” Krygier told CNN. “It took everybody a couple seconds to realize it wasn’t.”
Krygier said she dropped to the ground when she realized what was happening.
“I put the baby on the ground and got on top of her,” she said. She carried her daughter to bleachers when she heard a break in the gunshots. After that, they ran to a nearby hotel.
President Donald Trump expressed his sympathies for those affected by the attack.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
“My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting,” he tweeted. “God bless you!”
Terrorism – and any other cause – has not been ruled out. Back in May, an ISIS propaganda video that makes threats against Las Vegas landmarks caused authorities enough concern that they sent out warning notices to hotels on the famous Strip. “In the video that calls for lone wolf attacks, several Strip properties were prominently displayed,” reports Las Vegas Now.
However, Mesquite residents have been plagued by anti-government militias since the “Bundy Ranch” incident. There is speculation that Paddock was an anti-government domestic terrorist.