Investigators have uncovered new details on the events leading up to the Las Vegas shooting.
On the night before his rampage, Stephen Paddock called security at the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Albert Garzon of San Diego was staying on the 31st floor when security guards arrived at his door at 1:30 am Sunday, telling him to turn his music down. The complaint came from Paddock. Paddock called security a second time roughly a half hour later, and Garzon turned off the country music he’d been listening to.
Las Vegas law enforcement told CBS Paddock called security to complain that music was being played on the floor below his room.
CBS News reports:
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The noise was coming from the floor below his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino on the Las Vegas Strip, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports.
Albert Garzon of San Diego told The New York Times that security guards asked him to turn down the country music playing in his suite on the 31st floor at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a little over 20 hours before the rampage on a country music festival. When different security guards paid Garzon another visit about his music a half-hour later, he turned it off.
A staffer at the hotel also reported that Paddock acted abruptly with them over some other issue, Milton reports.
Law enforcement also revealed that Paddock had booked hotel rooms overlooking other music festivals before his shooting on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, killing 58 and injuring 500.
Authorities say Paddock previously booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza and Life Is Beautiful festivals. They are also investigating Paddock’s possible interest of Fenway Park in Boston.
It is chilling to think that Paddock may have aborted previous plans, but law enforcement is unsure if Paddock was armed at other times he booked hotels overlooking festivals.
CBS News continues:
Paddock booked rooms over other music festivals in the months before opening fire on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, authorities said.
Paddock booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements.
Fenway Park in Boston also came up during the investigation of Paddock, Boston police Lt. Detective Mike McCarthy said Thursday, though he provided no further details.
It was not clear if he contemplated massacres at the other sites.
The details came to light as investigators struggled to figure out why the 64-year-old high-stakes gambler opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 Sunday night. He killed 58 and injured nearly 500 before taking his own life.
Investigators are tracing Paddock’s steps and talking to everyone who may have had even the most incidental interaction with him or may have seen him in the days and weeks leading up to his shooting spree, Milton reports.
Authorities say they found a large supply of ammunition in Paddock’s car. The fact that he had stored large amounts of fertilizer and Tannerite, used as explosive rifle targets, fuel suspicion that Paddock may have intended either a car bombing, or a means for blowing up the car if fired on.
He also recently bought a Hyundai Tucson SUV.
Investigators are now looking for information that may indicate plans for continued attacks on the night of the shooting. A car bombing is not out of the question. Authorities say the investigation has revealed Paddock had a “secret life.”
The profile developed so far is of a “disturbed and dangerous” man who acquired an arsenal over decades, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. But investigators have been frustrated to find that he lived a “secret life,” Lombardo said, “much of which will never be fully understood.”
A former executive casino host at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in Reno said Paddock had a “god complex” and expected quick service without regard to how busy the staff was at the time.
“He liked everybody to think that he was the guy,” John Weinreich said. “He didn’t boast about anything he had or anything. It was just his demeanor. It was like, ‘I’m here. Don’t cross me. Don’t look at me too long.'”
The weekend b efore the massacre, he rented a room through Airbnb at the 21-story Ogden condominiums in downtown Las Vegas and stayed there during a music festival below that included Chance the Rapper, Lorde and Blink-182.
[…] In early August, Paddock booked a room at Chicago’s 21-story Blackstone Hotel that overlooked the park where the Lollapalooza alternative music festival was being held, though there’s no evidence he actually stayed there, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
New details are continuously emerging as investigators interview every connection to Paddock they can find, in hopes of turning up a motive for the attack. Nearly a week and a half later, no motive has been discovered.