Update Monday 11:11 a.m.:
Fox News is reporting that Stephen Paddock shot and killed himself before police and SWAT team officers burst into his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Paddock had checked into the hotel on September 28. Authorities reportedly found more than 10 rifles in the room.
According to the Washington Post, Paddock bought a home in Mesquite, Nevada, his residence at the time of the deadly shooting, in 2013. Prior to that, he reportedly lived in Mesquite, Texas.
Relatives told the Washington Post that Paddock was an avid gambler who frequently attended concerts in Las Vegas. He had a hunting license from Alaska, and was also a licensed pilot who owned two planes.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told the newspaper that Paddock had received one prior police citation, but did not specify what it was in regard to.
“We have no investigative information or background associated with this individual that is derogatory,” Sheriff Lombardo said. “The only thing we can tell is he received a citation several years ago, that citation was handled as a matter of normal practice in the court system.”
A gunman opened fire on a crowd in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sunday night, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 200, including two police officers, in the country’s deadliest shooting to date.
Police have identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock. According to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police press release, police found Paddock dead when they breached his Mandalay Bay hotel room where he aimed at a crowd of concert goers at the Harvest Festival on Route 91.
Details continue to emerge in this developing story. A 9News reporter said in a tweet that Paddock is a 64-year-old male from Mesquite, Nevada. He was reportedly known to local law enforcement.
According to CNBC, Paddock had multiple weapons in his hotel room, located on the 32nd floor. He is believed to have used an automatic weapon to fire at the concert audience. Authorities are continuing to search his home, about 80 miles northwest of Vegas. Multiple reports indicate that authorities have ruled out terrorism. No other motive has been released.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters, according to Reuters. “We’ve located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied.”
Reuters also spoke to a man who identified himself as the shooting suspect’s brother.
“We’re horrified. We’re bewildered and our condolences go out to the victims,” Eric Paddock told Reuters over the phone. “We have no idea in the world.”
Police had been searching for Marilou Danley, a woman believed to be Paddock’s companion. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a tweet that they had located the person of interest. NBC News reports that she was out of the country at the time, and that the suspect is believed to have been using her identification.
Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
Danley’s relationship to the shooter is not yet confirmed.
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