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06 October, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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   IDENTIFIED The Las Vegas shooter has been named as Stephen Paddock 64 of Nevada

Las Vegas Police said 19 weapons were found at Paddock's home and that ingredients that could be used to make a bomb were in his auto at the hotel.

"He had good-quality, high-powered rifles", the source said. Paddock killed himself before police reached his hotel room.

United States website The Daily Beast is reporting gunman Stephen Paddock rented rooms overlooking the Life Is Beautiful Festival at the Ogden apartment tower, quoting a senior law enforcement source briefed on the investigation.

"We believe there was only one shooter and that was Stephen Paddock".

Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse said at a news conference on Monday that Paddock, who killed some 58 people and injured 515, was not connected to Daesh.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, sheriff Joseph Lombardo said "he had to have some help".




Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirmed on Wednesday that Paddock had bought 33 firearms, a lot of them rifles, in the 12 months since October 2016.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

During prepared remarks at local police headquarters, in front of police officers and Nevada politicians, Trump said, "We can not be defined by the evil that threatens us", noting that "Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage" in selflessly coming to aid of others at peril to their own lives during the attack. He never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time.

Fennewald said the shooter most likely went to a gun range or the Mandalay Bay Resort before the shooting, and also probably showed behavior signs such as getting more agitated than normal. They didn't know what they would find inside; how many people or how many weapons. Ed Turner, a former police officer who owns a gun shop in Stockbridge, Georgia, said he's seeing a run on bump stocks since the shooting. "Quite often, what we experience in our line of work [is] a citizen thinks it's trivial and they say, 'Nah, I don't want to bother the police.' We ask you to bother the police". With a fully automatic firearm, one trigger pull can unleash continuous rounds until the magazine is empty.

"[The bullets] were coming out very quick, and you heard a large number of shots very quickly".

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