Las Vegas Sheriff: Massacre motive still unknown, investigators speaking with family

Javier Stokes
October 11, 2017

Most casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard darkened their marquees briefly Sunday.

The commemoration came as Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said investigators remain largely in the dark about what drove retired real estate investor and high-stakes gambler Stephen Paddock to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Eric Paddock, left, brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, speaks to members of the media outside his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

Many on the Vegas Strip are hoping that there are no ties between Paddock's play and whatever propelled him to execute the massacre. President Donald Trump paid a visit to Las Vegas earlier in the week.

"We still do not have a clear motive or reason why", Undersheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told reporters Friday, adding that law enforcement was continuing to search for answers with "great tenacity". Lombardo said police have found "no evidence to show that there was a second shooter". He jumped in a vehicle and drove 9 miles to the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, he said in the "60 Minutes" interview.

Jason spent time with our patients who were critically injured during the Las Vegas shooting.

Paddock, 64, opened fire on some 22,000 people before police stormed the hotel room.

His wife, Laurie, recalled that he yelled at her to get on the ground, put his body on top of hers for protection and told her he love her before going limp.

The items have been catalogued with detailed descriptions, and some have been cleaned of things including blood.

"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something disgusting like this was going to happen", Marilou Danley, 62, said in a statement read by her lawyer outside Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Los Angeles.

"I don't think they are after anything specific", Tanner noted.

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"They were just asking about our childhood, what schools we went to, who his friends were, all the stuff we did", he said.

Lollapalooza draws an average of about 100,000 people per day, five times the number at the Las Vegas festival Paddock ultimately targeted.

Police were told there was fire coming from someone on the 29th floor as well as the 32nd, the officers said, so they prepared to face multiple attackers.

Paddock then apparently saw him on the video cameras he'd rigged up in the hall and opened fire on him. We were trippin' over guns. "Now we're trained to gather up and go get it". Representatives said Paddock won about $300. "And we would have, on behalf of the guests, of course, investigated for safety, and it would have been a provocative situation".

"We're past the response portion of this frightful incident", Clark County Emergency Manager John Steinbeck said at a news conference. But at least 12 of those in the hotel room were outfitted with bump stocks, which allowed the semi-automatic weapons to mimic the gunfire of automatic ones, according to Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the ATF's San Francisco field division.

They know he had a plan to survive the shooting and try to escape, though would not say how.

"We have been down each and every single one of these paths, trying to determine why, to determine who else may have known of these plans". "So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there". "But if there's anything interesting that stood out over the six years, nobody that's ever worked here have ever seen the gentleman or the lady take a drink of wine, beer or alcohol of any kind".

"Currently, we do not believe there is one particular event in the suspect's life for us to key on", the sheriff said. said. "So many people are hurting".

Officials, who had previously credited Campos with stopping the assault by pulling his attention away from the concert, are allegedly still looking for an explanation as to why Paddock stopped his assault before ultimately killing himself.

Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo in Las Vegas and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles contributed to this report. We heard, you know, active shooter.

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