Las Vegas mass shooting suspect Stephen Paddock purchased an item on Amazon that authorities believe he used in the deadly October 1 massacre which killed 58 people and injured over 500 more.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a federal judge unsealed over 300 pages of warrants connected to the Las Vegas shooting investigation on Friday. According to these documents, obtained by CrimeOnline, federal investigators determined that Paddock had purchased an item on Amazon less than a month before the shooting that was used in the deadly massacre.
Federal agents issued warrants to Facebook and Amazon requiring them to release records of social media and online retail accounts belonging to Stephen Paddock. According to the court filings, investigators issued an emergency warrant to Microsoft on October 3 for the disclosure of electronic records associated with the email account email@example.com, which investigators determined belonged to Paddock.
Upon review of the email records, investigators determined that an Amazon account connected to the email address required further investigation, and issued a warrant for Amazon to release data associated with the account.
“Your affiant strongly believes the requested information will lead investigators to determine the full scope of Stephen Paddock’s plan and/or conspiracy,” a federal agent wrote in the affidavit.
The electronic records reportedly showed that Paddock had purchased an EOTech 512.A65 Tactical Holographic firearm accessory from Amazon.con on September 7. According to product descriptions on Amazon.com, the line of accessories appear to provide visual aid for firearm use and are “designed for close-in combat speed and versatility.”
The unsealed court records indicate that federal investigators focused much of the early investigation on Paddock’s acquisition of firearms and possible illegal activities in connection to firearm possession.
CrimeOnline will continue to update this developing story as more information becomes available.
[Feature Photo: Stephen Paddock/Handout/U.S. Gov’t ID]