Las Vegas gunman shot security guard before firing at concert-goers
10 October, 2017, 19:05 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
"Because this individual purposefully hid his actions leading up to this event and it is hard for us to find answers for those actions".
"Then immediately, upon being injured, he notified security", Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said of the hotel guard at a Monday evening briefing.
The gunman's hotel room was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel with a ideal view of the concert grounds where more than 20,000 people had gathered some 400 yards away for the Route 91 Harvest Musical Festival before Paddock launched his attack.
Investigators still lack a clear reason as to why Paddock, 64, unleashed a torrent of gunfire into a crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
Joshua said he saw shell casings all over the floor where Paddock stayed.
Even as the gunman began firing on the crowd below - shooting for 10 minutes - police were not aware that the security guard was shot until they arrived on the hotel's 32nd floor.
Paddock, who had installed three cameras to monitor the approach to his suite, opened fire through the door, spraying 200 shots down the hall and wounding the guard, who alerted other security officials, Lombardo said.
Investigators are still piecing together evidence left behind in the hotel room and probing Paddock's background to determine why the retired accountant committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Lombardo also said that authorities "do not know" what caused Paddock to stop shooting.
"Currently, we do not believe there is one particular event in the suspect's life for us to key on", the sheriff said. said. "We believe he made a decision to take the lives he did and he had a very purposeful plan that he carried out". The sheriff added that a complete evaluation of Paddock's mental condition was not yet done. They are also trying to scour his medical history, Lombardo said, and speak to people who knew him. Authorities so far have struggled to find a motive.
Lombardo said that the revised timeline is based on new information that emerged over the course of the ongoing investigation.
They said a piece of paper found in the shooter's hotel room had calculations scrawled across it determining ballistic trajectories that would help the gunman maximise his death toll.
More than a week after the attack, investigators are still searching for a motive. He was described as a man of considerable financial means who avidly played video poker and avoided human contact when possible.
The officers discussed the lengths Paddock went to defend himself from police, and the contents of a note found inside his 32nd floor room. These officers, who at the time feared they might be dealing with multiple shooters, entered a hotel stairwell and discovered that Paddock had apparently blocked the door leading to the hallway near his suite. Seven minutes later, officers breached a second door in the room. Luckily, another officer had a pry bar and managed to open the door.
Four police officers who were among the first to respond to the deadly Las Vegas shooting last week recalled what they were thinking during the dramatic 12 minutes of the attack.
Detective Matthew Donaldson was busy with paperwork at police headquarters when the shooting began.
Sgt Bitsko said: 'Initially, I was thinking, "This is a booby trap, it's going to explode".
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