Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned shooting, says Sheriff

Source: Business Insider

Sunday night’s shooting spree in Las Vegas was so meticulously planned that the gunman set up cameras in and around his luxury hotel room, the Clark County sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

The apparent attempt at surveillance by the gunman, whom authorities have identified as Stephen Paddock, was part of extensive preparations that included stockpiling nearly two dozen guns in his room before opening fire on the concert below, said police.

Sunday night’s shooting spree in Las Vegas was so meticulously planned that the gunman set up cameras in and around his luxury hotel room, the Clark County sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

The cameras included one in the peephole and two in the hallway, according to Clark County Under sheriff Kevin McMahill.

 

Sheriff Joe Lombardo  sharply criticized the publication by a German tabloid of photos of Paddock’s hotel room, where he’d been staying since last Thursday, and the corridor outside it.

The photos show crime scene tape crisscrossing the room’s bullet-pocked door, as well as a gun with a scope and what appears to be a room service table. No other weapons are visible in the photos. Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill confirmed Tuesday night that the photos were authentic.

Paddock is believed to have been responsible for the deaths of 58 people when he opened fire on a country music concert outside his hotel room on Sunday night. Lombardo said Tuesday that all but three of the victims have been identified, and authorities said the widely reported number of 59 deaths included the gunman.

Jill Snyder, special agent-in-charge of the San Francisco office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Tuesday night that 47 shotguns, rifle and pistols had been recovered from three locations — Paddock’s hotel suite and his home in Mesquite, Nevada, as well as “Verdi.”