As questions are answered in the Las Vegas mass shooting, we’ll be listing what we know here.
- This was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history which left 58 people dead with over 500 people recovering from gunshot wounds to stampede injuries suffered when 22,000 people tried to flee the country music concert.
- The shooter fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel into a crowd of over 20,000 people attending a country music concert across the street (Las Vegas Boulevard).
- The Shooter was Stephen Paddock, a retired account and millionaire gambler who so far appears to have acted alone.
- Stephen Paddock’s Brother said he was an avid gambler who had “no history of violence. No history of anything — couldn’t give a s*** less about politics, religion, pointy hatted people, etc, etc. He just wanted to get a freaking royal flush.”
- Stephen Paddock booked a hotel room at Mandalay Bay overlooking a music festival days before the attack.
- 23 weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition found inside the shooter’s Vegas suite.
- The shooter set up cameras in his suite and in the hallways.
- Paddock died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
- Paddock had no children
- He married and divorced twice, court records show. His first marriage lasted two years, from 1977 to 1979. He remarried in 1985, and divorced again in 1990, after four years of marriage.
- His second ex-wife lives in Los Angeles County, California, and has had no contact with him in years, authorities said.
- He had a pilot’s licence and flew planes before he decided to start taking cruises, according to his brother.
- Stephen Paddock’s father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was on the FBI most-wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977. He escaped from prison in 1969 and lived on the run until 1978, when he was arrested in Oregon. Eric Paddock said his father died a few years ago and that “he was never with my mom.” Eric was born while his father was on the run.
Kindness of strangers
- By Tuesday evening after the shooting, a GoFundMe page started by a Clark County commissioner had raised more than $8.1 million.”Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting,” county commission chair Steve Sisolak wrote.
- Blood donors lined up for hours to help the wounded.
- According to Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell, Strangers also donated flights, housing, food and transportation to victims’ relatives coming to Las Vegas.
Here is Body Camera footage from the first Las Vegas Police Department officers to arrive at the scene during the approximately 15 minutes of continuous machine gun fire.