People arrive to Thomas & Mack Center via bus after hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a mass shooting in which dozens were killed at the Route 91 Harvest country festival on early Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Al Powers/Invision/AP)
Las Vegas Gunman Targeted Police & Fuel Tanks
By Ken Ritter
Las Vegas -- The gunman who sprayed more than 1,000 bullets into a Las Vegas country music concert also took shots at jet fuel tanks and targeted police officers responding to the scene, investigators said Friday in portraying a killer who seemed determined to inflict even more carnage than the 58 people he murdered.
Investigators gave more details on the chronology of events surrounding the shooting and pushed back against criticism that they were changing their story. Shifting accounts about when Stephen Paddock fired his first shots in his 32nd floor Mandalay Bay suite have led to questions about whether police could have done more to stop him on Oct. 1.
``In the public space, the word 'incompetent' has been brought forward,'' Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. ``I am absolutely offended with that characterization.''
In a chronology provided Monday, Lombardo had said Paddock started spraying 200 rounds from his suite into the hallway of the Mandalay Bay at 9:59 p.m., wounding an unarmed security guard in the leg. He said Friday that the security guard came to a barricaded stairwell door at 9:59 and wasn't shot until around 10:05 p.m.
About that time, the gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets on the festival crowd. Then he killed himself with a gunshot to the head.
The timeline comes as investigators say they have yet to identify a motive behind the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The FBI says agents have conducted hundreds of interviews, chased nearly 2,000 leads, looked at Paddock's computers and phone, collected 1,000 pieces of evidence, and analyzed hours of video footage.
``We are establishing a timeline of this suspect's life, his motivation and everybody associated with him throughout time,'' Lombardo said.
The sheriff became emotional describing gunshot wounds one on-duty officer, Brady Cook, received to the shoulder, bicep, chest and back as he arrived in a police patrol car moments after shooting started.
``It is readily apparent to me that (Paddock) adjusted his fire and directed it toward the police vehicles,'' Lombardo said. ``No matter what his personal vendetta is against the police or not, maybe he was preventing the wolf from getting to his door sooner than later, but he chose to fire upon police vehicles.''
A visual inspection of Paddock's brain during a coroner's autopsy found ``no abnormalities,'' Lombardo said.
Paddock's body is being sent to Stanford University for study, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said. He added he would await findings of multiple forensic analyses, including a neuropathological examination of Paddock's brain tissue, before issuing a finding on a cause and manner of his death. That ruling is not expected for several months, the coroner said.
The sheriff, who has become a regular fixture on news channels since the shooting, also said the FBI is now taking on a greater role in the investigation
Lombardo's newest version of events aligns with what Mandalay Bay owner MGM Resorts International said Thursday. They had disputed whether six minutes actually passed between the first shots in the hallway and the start of the concert rampage and said Paddock may have wounded the security guard within 40 seconds of firing into the crowd.
Earlier this week, lawyers had questioned why police and security weren't able to stop Paddock sooner when Lombardo said six minutes passed between the shooting of guard Jesus Campos and the gunfire into a crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert.
The 10-minute attack on the crowd began at 10:05 p.m., when the 64-year-old real estate investor, high-stakes video poker player and retired accountant began firing more than 1,000 rounds from two bashed-out windows, police said. Officers arrived on the 32nd floor at 10:17 p.m., two minutes after he had stopped shooting, Lombardo said.
The wounded Campos used his radio and cellphone to call for help, police said. A maintenance worker, Stephen Schuck, has said he also called for help on his radio, asking a dispatcher to call police because someone was shooting a rifle on the 32nd floor.
It's not clear what Mandalay Bay maintenance and security workers did with those radio messages.
The timeline given by police earlier this week differed dramatically from the one they gave last week: that Paddock wounded Campos after he had fired on the crowd. Campos was called a hero whose presence outside Paddock's suite stopped the concert carnage.
Lombardo confirmed that Paddock intentionally opened fire on jet fuel tanks at the nearby McCarran International Airport and said he took shots at arriving police officers, possibly to keep them at bay as police rushed to his room.
The FBI continues to seek the public's help in solving the case.
``We continue to ask you if you have factual information in furtherance of this investigation, please call us. If you know something, say something,'' FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse said.
Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo in New York and Sadie Gurman in Washington contributed to this report.
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Shooter Rented Room Amid Earlier Music Festival
Officials say the Las Vegas shooter rented a room in downtown around the same time as an alternative music festival held Sept. 22-24.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters that Stephen Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at the Ogden hotel in downtown Las Vegas but didn't know why. He says investigators have recovered items and video from the hotel.
The Life is Beautiful festival featured Chance the Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182.
The Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend says in a statement that she knew him ``as a kind, caring, quiet man.''
Marilou Danley's lawyer read the statement to reporters on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where she was questioned by FBI agents about gunman Stephen Paddock.
Danley says Paddock found her a cheap ticket to the Philippines and wanted her to take a trip home to see relatives.
She says he wired her money while she was there to buy a house for herself and her family.
The statement says she worried that Paddock wanted to break up with her.
She added that ``it never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.''
An attorney for the Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend says she had no knowledge of any plans by him to commit a massacre.
Marilou Danley's lawyer said Wednesday she plans to co-operate fully with the investigation of her boyfriend Stephen Paddock.
Defence attorney Matthew Lombard spoke in Los Angeles after Danley met with FBI agents to discuss Sunday's carnage on the Las Vegas strip.
She returned to the U.S. Tuesday night from the Philippines, where she was visiting family.
While she was there, Paddock, a high-stakes gambler, sent her $100,000.
Lombard says she was not expecting the money and worried that he was breaking up with her.
This version corrects to show Danley said she had no knowledge of any plans.
The high-stakes gambler who opened fire on a Las Vegas music festival crowd asked for an upper-floor suite that provided a view of the concert site.
A person who has seen Mandalay Bay hotel records that have been turned over to investigators said Wednesday they show Stephen Paddock asked for the two-room suite on the 32nd floor when he checked in last Thursday. The room wasn't available until Saturday and he moved into it then and opened fire from it the next night, killing dozens and wounding hundreds.
The person was not authorized to speak publicly and disclosed the information to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity.
The person said Paddock was given the room for free because he was a good customer who wagered tens of thousands of dollars each time he visited the casino.
_By Associated Press writer Ken Ritter.
Nevada gambling regulators are poring through records to try to find out more about the high stakes gambler who fatally shot 58 people attending a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Investigators with the state's Gaming Control Board are looking for any disputes Stephen Paddock may have had as a casino patron and for mandatory transaction reports he made involving more than $10,000.
Board chairman A.G. Burnett said in an interview that investigators so far can't characterize his gambling habits.
They're also looking for information about Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley.
Burnett says board investigators can obtain records about players from casinos and their corporate owners.
He says the FBI also has access to that information.
A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that the Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend is being questioned by FBI agents in Los Angeles.
The official says Marilou Danley was being questioned Wednesday morning at the FBI's field office in Los Angeles and had an attorney with her.
Investigators have hoped she could shed light on what drove her boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, to fatally shoot 58 people at a country music concert from his sniper's perch in a 32nd floor hotel suite.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly.
A receptionist at the office of Los Angeles-based criminal defence attorney Matthew Lombard confirmed he was representing Danley but declined further comment.
Danley returned to the U.S. Tuesday night from the Philippines after a trip abroad that lasted weeks.
__ Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Las Vegas.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says investigators are busy ``reconstructing the life, the behaviour, the pattern of activity'' of the man who killed 58 people at a Las Vegas outdoor concert.
McCabe was speaking Wednesday at a cybersecurity forum in Boston.
McCabe says investigators are also looking at anyone who may have come in contact with Stephen Paddock in the days before the shooting Sunday night.
Asked if investigators had determined why Paddock carried out the attack, he said, ``We are not there yet.''
President Donald Trump was set to arrive Wednesday in Las Vegas to meet with public officials, first responders and some of the 527 people injured in the attack. At least 45 patients at two hospitals remained in critical condition.
Officials say Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock had been stockpiling guns since 1982 and bought 33 firearms in the last year.
Jill Snyder, the special agent in charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, tells ``CBS This Morning'' on Wednesday that Paddock purchased 33 firearms, mostly rifles, between October 2016 and Sept. 28, three days before he opened fire on a concert crowd. The attack killed 58 people and wounded more than 500.
Snyder said authorities wouldn't get notified of the purchase of rifles, but would get notified if there was a multiple sale of two or more handguns in one purchase.
Snyder said Paddock had rigged 12 semi-automatic rifles with devices that allowed the guns to fire like an automatic weapon.
_ AP writer Bob Lentz, Philadelphia
A Filipino official says Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock travelled at least twice to the Philippines, where his girlfriend was born.
The official said Paddock visited the Philippines in 2013 and 2014, around his birthday, staying for five to six days on both occasions. There were no immediate details available about those trips.
The Filipino official was not authorized to discuss the trips publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Immigration documents show Marilou Danley had been abroad for weeks and was in the Philippines on Sunday when Paddock opened fire on a crowd, killing 58.
A U.S. law enforcement official says FBI agents met Danley at the airport in Los Angeles late Tuesday night.
_ AP writer Jim Gomez, Manila, Philippines
Employees at two Las Vegas hotels temporarily were using handheld metal detectors to examine bags in response to a man who had opened fire on an outdoor concert from a suite in a different hotel Sunday.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports visitors at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore had bags checked by security upon entry beginning early Monday. The newspaper reports fewer bags were checked Tuesday.
Both resorts are managed by casino magnate Steve Wynn. A spokesman for the hotels tells the newspaper that it initiated the screenings early Monday when police didn't know if there were multiple shooters involved in Sunday night's attack. The spokesman says they've returned to the practice of only scanning bags and guests when they ``believe the need arises.''
Beefed up security procedures are continuing throughout the resorts.
The Australia-based sisters of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's girlfriend say they believe Paddock sent her away so she wouldn't interfere with his plans to go on a shooting rampage.
Marilou Danley's sisters were interviewed by Australia's Channel 7 TV network with their faces obscured and their names withheld. They said they were surprised to learn Danley had gone to the Philippines two weeks ago.
One sister tearfully said: ``I know that she don't know anything.''
The woman said Danley is ``a good person'' who would've stopped Paddock had she been there.
A nephew of Stephen Paddock's girlfriend says he's stunned by the actions of the Las Vegas gunman and didn't even know that Paddock was interested in guns.
Jordan Knights' aunt is Marilou Danley, a 62-year-old who recently returned to the United States from a weekslong trip abroad. The Australian man says he spent time in Las Vegas with Paddock and Danley just a few months ago.
Knights told Australia's Channel 9 from his home near Brisbane, ``It seemed like he just looked after my aunty and that was it.''
The 23-year-old said he didn't give Paddock another thought until he was identified as the gunman who killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 on Sunday.
He said that Paddock ``didn't seem like he was the type of guy to do that.''
The investigation of a gunman who killed 59 people at a Las Vegas concert now shifts to his girlfriend, who has returned to the United States from the Philippines.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says investigators are hoping to get some insight from Marilou Danley on why her boyfriend Stephen Paddock opened fire on a concert crowd from a high-rise hotel room.
Danley had been out of the country for weeks before the shooting. A law enforcement official says she arrived on a flight from Manila to Los Angeles where FBI agents were waiting for her late Tuesday night.
The official wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump is set to arrive in Las Vegas to meet with public officials, first responders and some of the 527 people injured in the attack.
This story has been corrected throughout to show that the death toll is 58, not including the gunman, based on revised information from the Clark County coroner.
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ISIS Announces Responsibility for Las Vegas Attack
According to news reports, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, believed to be the deadliest in modern US history.
Various news sites quoted a statement allegedly released by IS. The annoucement included this statement: “The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition...The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”
The brother of the assailant, who has been identified as Stephen Paddock, said that the attacker did not affiliate himself with any political or religious group.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities believe it was a “lone wolf” attack.
US security agencies are assessing the IS claim but have not verified it, news services indicate, citing officials. Two unnamed senior US officials maintain that no evidence suggested a connection between the shooter and any international terrorist entity.