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SEE IT: Photos from Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s hotel room show assault rifles used in mass slaughter

Police uncovered 23 weapons in the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd below attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 59 people and injuring over 500 more.

A Boston-based reporter obtained photographs of the hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, showing some of his arsenal of deadly weapons.

Paddock was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound when police and SWAT team officers breached his hotel room not long after he opened fire on the crowd. According to the New York Daily News, gun smoke triggered the smoke alarms in Paddock’s room, leading authorities to the shooter’s location.

A Fox 25 Boston reporter shared photos from inside the hotel room on Twitter, showing some of the weapons Paddock is believed to have used in the mass shooting.

Authorities reportedly believe Paddock snuck the weapons into his room in a suitcase. Investigators found 16 assault rifles and a handgun in Paddock’s hotel room, among other weapons that have not yet been identified, and 10 suitcases. According to the Telegraph, investigators found more than 19 weapons at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.

Paddock, 64, was a wealthy retired accountant who had a pilot license and owned two planes. The New York Times reports that he purchased some of his guns in Arizona. Other weapons were purchased in Nevada: Employees at two gun shops there told NBC News that Paddock had bought weapons in the last year, and that he passed the background check.

“We’re very sad about the news of this tragedy,” David Familglietti of New Frontier Armory told the news station.

“We’re in the business of selling firearms legally and took all precautions on this sale, as we do with all sales. My staff takes their job very seriously, and if there were any ‘red flags,’ the sale would have halted immediately.”

 

[Feature photo: Twitter]