Investigation into motive behind the Las Vegas shooting continues

Investigation into motive behind the Las Vegas shooting continues

The four-man team found the stairwell door to Paddock's hallway barricaded. What they lack, however, are answers.

Investigators are still working to determine why Paddock committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

United States authorities have received more than 1,000 tips, but are still struggling to determine what motivated Paddock, who did not have a criminal record, to carry out the carefully planned attack.

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Here, instead, there is mystery.

During the briefing, Lombardo offered a key update to the shooting timeline that officials have previously laid out.

It's possible no one will ever learn Paddock's plan for the explosives.

Down the hall, the door to Paddock's room was riddled with bullet holes. "It means I pay a fee yearly ... We do not know whether he had planned to cause additional harm outside of what occurred at Mandalay Bay". It wasn't clear whether Paddock fired any of the illuminated bullets during the high-rise massacre. Aaron Rouse, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Las Vegas division, warned that the probe will "take a while", but he pledged that authorities "will get to the bottom of this no matter how long it takes". The youngest victim, Bailey Schweitzer, was 20; the oldest, Pati Mestas, was 67.

He killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others last Sunday before taking his own life. More than two dozen of those still hospitalized as of Thursday remained in critical condition.

Paddock broke the windows on the 32nd floor of his hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Sunday night, and rained gunfire on thousands of people below and across the street at a country music festival.

Paddock was ultimately a no-show for his reservations in Chicago.

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Federal officials also began hauling away thousands of personal items left behind in the concert venue after Stephen Paddock unleashed a fury of gunfire from his Mandalay Bay hotel room, killing 58 people and injuring almost 500.

He added that his hotels wouldn't invade the privacy of a guest in a room.

The sheriff said authorities have received 200 accounts of Paddock traveling throughout Las Vegas, and that he "has never been seen with anyone else". In the end, Paddock did not show up.

Eric Paddock, brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, speaks to reporters near his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

Paddock was known for playing gambling games in casinos for hours at a time, with little or no human contact.

Officers initially said security guard Jesus Campos distracted Paddock during his deadly attack and was shot in the leg, a minute before police arrived.

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.

Paddock had 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle, along with fertilizer that can be used to make explosives and 50 pounds of Tannerite, a substance used in explosive rifle targets.

McMahill said police have looked into "everything", including Paddock's personal life, political affiliations, his economic situation and social behaviors while trying to determine a motive. He says amid the depths of horror, Americans have found hope in those who risked their lives to help save others after the shooting.

They also said that reports indicating that the shooter was affiliated with any particular group, and reports speculating about motive, have not helped the investigation. When he went to casinos, Paddock often went out unshaven, in sweats and flip flops, even on his thrice-weekly excursions to casinos where he ate at the buffet. He said the door was not Paddock's, but did not elaborate.

Investigators - who have chased 1,000 leads - have announced plans to put up posters as they appeal for information.

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