An extra 18 guns, explosives and a few a large number of rounds of ammunition were found at the speculate’s home in Mesquite, Nevada, authorities said after experts executed a court order from the get-go Monday morning. Police are planning to attack another property of the suspect in Reno, Nevada.
Marilou Danley, a 62-year-old Australian woman identified as Paddock’s room-mate and elsewhere as his girlfriend, was initially named as a person of interest, but police later said she was out of the country at the time of the attack and cleared her of any involvement.
Paddock’s brother said Stephen had no background with weapons. “No religious affiliation, no political affiliation, he just hung out,” he told television networks. “He’s just a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite, drove down and gambled in Las Vegas.”
Concertgoers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel and videos of the aftermath show hundreds of people fleeing in panic as the gunfire continued. About 22,000 people were attending the festival.
Jason Aldean, the country music singer who was performing when the shooting took place, described the scene as “beyond horrific”. He said he and his crew were safe, but added: “It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
Some flights have resumed at the city’s McCarran airport after all planes were temporarily grounded on Sunday evening.
Donald Trump addressed the shootings from the White House Monday morning:
My fellow Americans. we are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief. Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.