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Published On: Sat, Jan 20th, 2018

Vegas shooting and Stephen Paddock: ‘numerous child porn’ on computer, police seek person of interest, timeline details

Months after the actual mass shooting mystery and unanswered questions still swirl about the Las Vegas shooting in which Stephen Paddock murdered 58 people.

Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo held his first press conference since Oct. 13, 2017 on Friday, discussing the  81-page preliminary investigative report on the shooting which included new photographs of Paddock’s hotel suite and online searches he conducted before the attack, such as for SWAT tactics and other potential public venue targets.

Stephen C. Paddock

Lombardo stated that investigators found “numerous” child pornography photos on Paddock’s computer and was indeed looking to the FBI, who was seeking a “person of interest in the case.”

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“I realize it’s been three months since you have received an update on the 1 Oct. shooting,” Lombardo told reporters Friday. “We have done a lot of work trying to piece together what happened.”

The sheriff said investigators “have gone over 2,000 leads and looked at 21,560 hours of video.”

“This report won’t answer every question, or even the biggest question as to why he did what he did,” Lombardo said. “We are all going to have to be patient and let the investigation run its course.”

From the report Paddock’s gradually stockpiling of weapons becomes more clear. He checked in on September 25, rolling one bag to his room himself, and a bellman uses a luggage cart to bring up four other bags. Then Paddock leaves and returns to his home in Mesquite, Nevada. That next day, Paddockwires $50,000 to a bank account in the Philippines, where his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, is visiting family.

Paddock then returns to Las Vegas and visits a pair of casino hotels before returning to Mandalay Bay, where he brings another six suitcases on a luggage cart, as well as another rolling suitcase, to his room. Paddock then begins gambling at the hotel overnight and into the next morning.

He relocates to a bigger room to have a “better view” on the 27th. That evening, Paddock drives back to Mesquite and buys luggage, razor blades, fake flowers, a vase and a Styrofoam ball at a Wal-Mart. On the 28th, Paddock buys a .308 bolt-action rifle from a gun store in Mesquite and wire-transfers an additional $50,000 to an account in the Philippines.

Paddock also goes to a gun range before returning to Las Vegas. He brings another two rolling suitcases and a laptop bag to his Mandalay Bay room, and again gambles for more than six hours, until early the next morning.

The next day, September 30th, Paddock places a “Do not disturb” sign on his door and drives to Mesquite, and then returns to his Mandalay Bay suite with four more suitcases. He then drives back to Mesquite. Paddock returns to Mandalay Bay early in the morning of October 1st and gambles for four hours. He brings two more rolling suitcases and a bag to his room.

All of this confirms recent reports of Paddock interacting with staff during time before the shooting.

There are now details on Paddock locking the doors and the role of Jesus Campos discovering the blocked entry to the floor. At that point it is only presumed to be a maintenance issue as the call/request is routed away from security. The shooting begins at 10:05.

Campos is still in the hall. Paddock, who has placed surveillance cameras outside his room, starts shooting through his door and down the hallway at Campos, hitting the security guard in the leg. Campos, who is unarmed, takes cover and radios a hotel dispatcher for help, giving Paddock’s room number on the 32nd floor.

Noted at 10:07 pm, shooting continues. Two Las Vegas police officers are already in the building on another call. They head upstairs, presumably to try to find the source of the gunfire, along with two armed Mandalay Bay security guards.

Over the next two minutes, Paddock takes several potshots at jet-fuel storage tanks at the nearby airport, striking them twice but not igniting the fuel, before resuming fire on the concert crowd.

Shooting is noted at 10:10pm when the Mandalay Bay arrives on the 32nd floor and Paddock fires again down the hall. Police reach the 31st floor first and realize they are below the shooter. Armed security arrive on the 32nd floor 10:12pm, but police are not listed as breaching the barricaded door until 10:57 pm.

They use explosives to open Paddock’s door. He is dead. The time is listed as 11:20pm. It is noted at 11:26pm: “Police breach the interior door to Paddock’s second room, where a police officer accidentally fires three rounds into the room.”

The report details how Paddock bought nearly double the number of firearms in the year leading up to the attack that he’d bought in the 24 years after his first gun purchase in 1982.

“From 1982 through September of 2016, Paddock purchased 29 firearms. These purchases consisted of handguns, shotguns and one rifle,” it read. “From October 2016 through September 2017, Paddock purchased over 55 firearms.”

It continued: “Most of the firearms purchased from 2016 through 2017 were rifles in various calibers along with over 100 firearm related items through numerous retailers. The firearm-related items included scopes, cases, bump stocks and ammunition.”

Police said all the weapons were purchased legally, in-store and online.

“Paddock did not commit a crime until he fired the first round into the crowd at the Las Vegas Village,” the report said.

About the Author

- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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