SEE IT: New photos of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s Mandalay Bay hotel room after deadly massacre

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released on Friday a detailed but preliminary investigative report concerning the investigation into the deadly Las Vegas shooting massacre on October 1, when gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people, and as we learned on Friday, injured over 700 more.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo announced the existence of the report in an unexpected but welcome news conference on Friday, the first press conference in over three months. Lombardo acknowledged that he and his department chose to release the report in response to intense public interest in the devastating shooting massacre, the deadliest in modern U.S. history. He cautioned that the investigation is ongoing and that this is not the final report.

Included in the report are never-before-seen investigative photos of Paddock’s adjoining suites on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, where he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers assembled at the Las Vegas Village to watch the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

The photos illustrate Paddock’s immense arsenal of weapons as well as the measures he took to rig a surveillance camera to keep an eye on the hallway. Additional details in some photos remain unexplained.

The sitting area of room 32-135, where most of the shooting activity is believed to have taken place. The oval-shaped piece of furniture in the center of the room is actually two chairs that Paddock pushed together. There was also a tube running along the floor of the room attached to a snorkel mouthpiece on one end an a fan on the other.
The foyer view of the same sitting room, seen from the entrance of room 32-135.
The hallway outside of room 32-135, where a room service food cart can be seen. Investigative documents unsealed by a federal judge last week revealed that Paddock had asked the room service attendants to leave a food service cart in his room.
A closer view of the food service cart, which shows a small camera partially concealed under a plate, with a view of the hallway. According to the report, Paddock connected the camera to one of the laptop computers inside his room so he could monitor the hallway.
A camera affixed to the peephole of the main door of room 32-135.
The bedroom in the adjacent suite, room 32-134, showing multiple rifles laid across the beds.
The view of Las Vegas Village from a smashed window in Mandalay Bay Room 32-135.

Stephen Paddock was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth inside room 32-135. The report released Friday does not include any images showing any of Paddock’s body, but describes in detail how the body was found:

“Paddock was on the floor south of the chair and side table. He was wearing black pants, a long sleeve brown shirt, black gloves, and grey shoes. Paddock was on his back with his head to the south, feet to the north, and arms at his sides. There was apparent blood surrounding his nose and mouth, and on the floor under his head. There was also apparent blood on the front of his shirt. A rifle was on the floor under his legs. A grey box cutter was on the floor between his feet. There were casings on the floor surrounding him. A silver/black colored “Smith & Wesson” revolver with apparent blood on it was on the floor south of Paddock’s head.”

In Friday’s press conference, Sheriff Lombardo reiterated that he is certain Paddock was the lone gunman, and said that he does not anticipate that Paddock’s girlfriend Marilou Danley will be facing any charges in connection to the shooting massacre. Contrary to a local news report earlier this week that indicated Danley was with Paddock at the Mandalay Bay sometime during the week leading up to the shooting, the newly released investigative report says that she was overseas in the Philippines for two consecutive weeks and did not return to the United States until October 3.

Authorities have revealed that they are investigating another individual in connection to the massacre, but have not revealed any further specifics.


[Feature image: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department]