'Las Vegas gunman shot security guard before massacre'

Violet Powell
October 11, 2017

Six minutes later, Paddock began shooting on the crowd of 22,000 from his 32nd-floor suite, killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 more.

"This individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is hard for us to find the answers", Mr Lombardo told a news conference. Investigators remain stumped about why the reclusive 64-year-old high-stakes video poker player would shoot at the crowd from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay hotel room, killing 58 and wounding hundreds before killing himself.

During a press conference held on Monday evening, Lombardo said investigators have not been able to hone in on any one particular event that might have caused Paddock to open fire on the crowd.

Paddock was said to have been previously seen on several occasions in Las Vegas, without anyone accompanying him and he gambled the night before the shooting, said Lombardo.

Although Campos alerted hotel security, Lombardo said police were not aware of the incident until they stormed Paddock's room ten minutes later.

Charles "Sid" Heal, a retired Los Angeles County sheriff's commander and tactical expert, said the new timeline "changes the whole perspective of the shooting".

In addition, Lombardo confirmed Paddock's brother, Eric, is now in Las Vegas and is cooperating with police. "I want us to do whatever I can to tell the authorities to look here, look there".

Investigators will continue to probe the festival site and the hotel suite for at least another week, Lombardo said.

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The revelation is likely to raise questions why police were unable to locate Paddock earlier.

Sgt Bitsko said: 'Initially, I was thinking, "This is a booby trap, it's going to explode".

The Las Vegas gunman, who killed concertgoers in the city last weekend leaving 59 people dead and more than 500 people wounded, had first opened fire on a security guard.

In addition, Lombardo said Paddock's motives were still unclear and there was no evidence that he had been motivated by any ideology.

"This individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event", Sheriff Lombardo said.

At the same time, federal agents started removing piles of backpacks, baby strollers and lawn chairs still strewn about the site of a country music festival that Stephen Paddock fired upon last Sunday night.

"We believe he made a decision to take the lives he did, and he had a very purposeful plan that he carried out", Lombardo said.

"It's amazing" that Campos didn't sustain more injuries, Lombardo said. Lombardo added that investigators are attempting to establish a timeline of Paddock's whereabouts from September 25 through the 28. People who knew Paddock described him as antisocial, someone who went out of his way to avoid other human beings, but his girlfriend said she saw no indication that he was capable of such horror.

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