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Las Vegas Mass Shooting Developments

The mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada has dominated the headlines all week long and for good reason.

It has been confirmed that there are 58 people dead, with close to 500 others injured. According to Las Vegas police, 317 of the 489 injured have been treated and released from local area hospitals.

President Trump and the First Lady went to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet and console the injured and the families of the victims.

The mass shooting took place at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The Las Vegas police named 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada as the gunman. Paddock turned a gun on himself after police engaged him some 72 minutes after the shooting began.

The Daily Mail obtained body cam footage of police on the ground during the attack, however man viewers will find it very disturbing.

Read our initial report for a recap of what was known at the time and details about the shooter, his female companion (Marilou Danley) and remarks from President Trump.

What follows are updates based on various reports from media outlets both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of these reports are contentious and based on ‘unnamed sources’. This story is still developing and readers are urged not to take any information at face-value at this time.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Updates – Stephen Paddock

From 1976 through 1985 was a postal carrier, an accountant, an auditor for U.S. government’s Defense Contract Audit Agency and a real estate investor.

Paddock was an IRS employee from 1978 to 1984. He also worked for Lockheed Martin during the 1980’s.  At one point Paddock worked for NASA at a Space Flight center in Maryland.

Stephen Paddock attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, in the Los Angeles area of California. Reports say that Paddock was on anti-anxiety medications and suffered from extreme allergies.

Reportedly Paddock had 27 different residences in his lifetime. No voter registration, active or removed, has been located for Paddock in states he was known to have resided in which include California, Florida, Nevada and Texas.

Gun collecting had been a hobby of Paddock’s for decades, according to his family and friends. ​In ​1982​ Paddock​ starting collecting​ guns. Police recovered 47 weapons, ​however allegedly 33 ​were ​purchased in that last year beginning in October 2016.

It has also been reported that Paddock may have purchased ‘made to order‘ weapons.

According to TMZ, 2 months prior to the Las Vegas shootings, Paddock had reserved two Chicago hotel rooms that overlooked the Lollapalooza music festival.

Paddock was well-known gambler in Las Vegas, was often “comped” rooms and other perks and was reported to gamble alongside his female companion, Marilou Danley.

Las Vegas Shooter – Brother, Father Both Career Criminals

Paddock has three brothers, Bruce, Eric and Patrick.

Bruce Paddock has an extensive criminal record with multiple arrests, many of which are felonies.  Bruce Paddock’s rap sheet includes arson, theft, burglary, vandalism, pot possession, driving with a suspended license, making criminal threats and contempt of court.

The Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was on the FBI’s most wanted list for a string of bank robberies from 1969 to 1977, but his criminal record started prior to 1946. Paddock senior was arrested and convicted of auto larceny and running a con scam. He was sentenced to prison in Illinois and was not released until July 1951.

The FBI’s wanted poster for Benjamin Paddock says that he was, “diagnosed as psychopathic, has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies” and “reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous.”

Benjamin Paddock - FBI Most Wanted full view - Las Vegas Shooting

Paddock robbed branches of the Valley National Bank of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona once in late 1959 and twice during 1960.  During his arrest, he attempted to run down an FBI agent with his car – allegedly in the streets of Las Vegas.

He was convicted in January 1961 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Seven years later on December 30, 1968, Paddock escaped from a federal prison in Texas. A warrant for his arrest was issued in early 1969, and he was shortly thereafter placed on the FBI 10 most wanted list.

Paddock fled to Oregon where he opened a bingo parlor under an assumed name of “Bruce Warner Erickson.”  Benjamin Paddock was recaptured in 1978, served more time and was later paroled. He allegedly also used the alias ‘Patrick Benjamin Paddock’.

The law was not done with Benjamin Paddock, however. In Oregon in 1987 he was convicted of a scheme where he rolled back odometers on used cars he sold and for racketeering charges tied to his bingo parlor.  Paddock paid a $100,000 fine and avoided more jail time.

Benjamin Paddock died in January of 1998.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Updates – Law Enforcement

The Associated Press reported that Paddock’s computer, cellphone and other electronic devices were being looked at by law enforcement. So far, investigators have indicated that no obvious ideological motive has been found. Investigators also say that no clear connection to extremists or activist groups or outward display of mental illness.

Law enforcement has indicated that Paddock filmed himself during the shooting.
He was staying  in room 135 on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort. Law enforcement has stated they believe Paddock “meticulously” planned the attack in advance.

Leaked crime scene photos show what appears to to be note or receipt of some kind on a table in Paddock’s room.  The following images may be disturbing to some readers.

Leaked Photos - Las Vegas - Outlay TwoThe photos also show a number of weapons in the room. According to Las Vegas police, law enforcement has collected a total of 47 guns belonging to Paddock.  17 of them in the Mandalay Bay hotel room.

According to the ATF, 12 weapons were recovered that had been modified to allow semiautomatic rifles to mimic fully automatic gunfire. These devices are known as ‘bump stocks’.

At a press conference this past Wednesday, law enforcement revealed they recovered 1,600 rounds of ammunition and 50 pounds of explosives from one of Paddock’s cars. A detailed timeline of the Route 91 Harvest attack was also included.

Clark County’s Sheriff Lombardo remarked during the press conference that Paddock may have been ‘radicalized‘.

“I want to understand the motivation that you described, okay, to prevent any future incidents, and, you know, did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us? And we want to identify that source,” Sheriff Lombardo told the press.

Sheriff Lombardo also told the press that it was likely that Paddock ‘at some point had help‘.

“Anything that would indicate this individual’s trigger point, that would cause him to do such harm, we haven’t understood it yet,” Sheriff Lombardo said in a press conference on Wednesday. “Don’t you think the concealment of his history of his life was well thought out?”

Lombardo added that, “What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood.”

Another press update was held on Thursday, October 5th.  Las Vegas Fire Department held a press briefing regarding issues with the response the attack on the concert venue.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting – The Security Guard Hero

Local law enforcement was not who located Paddock first. It was an unarmed hotel security guard named Jesus Campos.

As Campos approached Paddock’s room, Paddock was able to see him on a surveillance camera he had installed in the hall. Paddock shot at Campos through the hotel door and hit Campos in the leg. Upon being hit, he radioed in his position and hunkered down.

Campos noted that the stairwells leading up to Paddock’s floor had been blocked, likely by Paddock. The door to the room itself was also blocked in some way. Campos said that he tried to open the door to Paddock’s room before the suspect shot through it.

It took approximately 72 minutes for law enforcement to zero in on and engage Paddock. Las Vegas Sheriff Lombardo told media that upon approaching the room, police officers were met with 200 rounds from Paddock. The officers stood down until the SWAT team arrived at their location.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Updates – Marilou Danley

Paddock sent his live-in girlfriend, Marilou Danley, to the Philippines approximately a week before the shooting. Paddock’s brother, Eric, told reporters that he believes his brother may have been trying to arrange for Danley to be abroad when he carried out his attack.

Danley arrived in the Philippines from Tokyo on September 15. From there, Danley traveled through Hong Kong on September 22 and later flew back to the Philippines on September 25.

Paddock wired $100,000 to Danley in the Philippines a week before shooting took place. Upon returning to the country on October 2nd, Danley has told police that he wanted her to buy a house there for her family with that money.

“While there, he wired me money which he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family,” Danley allegedly told police.  Danley denies knowing Paddock had planned the attack.

Ms. Danley’s return to the U.S. was photographed and the images show her being transported in a wheelchair. Danley travels on an Australian passport and much of her family still lives in Australia’s Gold Coast region.

Family and relatives of Danley who spoke with the media said that Paddock was obsessed with Danley’s ex-husband.  “I know that she don’t know anything as well, like us. She was sent away. She was sent away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he’s planning,” one of Danley’s sisters told Seven News.

Photos posted to social media reveal that at some point Danley took a vacation to Dubai, which is located on Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting – Speculation

According to one report, Paddock might have been trying to hit jet fuel tanks located near the concert venue.

Speculation has run wild on social media, calling the attack everything from a ‘false flag’ to theorizing that Paddock was a ‘government spook’.

Speculation has also been fueled by reports that gunfire was also coming from a much lower floor window that faced the concert venue.

Videos of this alleged second firing location had popped up on Twitter and YouTube, such as this one posted by Dan Bilzerian:

 

The investigation continues. Las Vegas Metro Police had a list on their website of contact points for victims, families and for the public to file reports about the attack.



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