What We Know About Las Vegas Shooting Suspect Stephen Paddock

The deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history took place Sunday night at a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving 50 people dead and more than 400 injured. The suspected gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, has been killed, police reported.

People scramble for shelter in a Las Vegas shooting

People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard on Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas. Fifty were killed and more than 400 were injured. | David Becker/Getty Images

The shots were fired from a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas Strip just after 10 p.m. local time, said Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo. Law enforcement stormed the room. “We believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry,” Lombardo said. Various weapons were recovered from the hotel room.

The shooting occurred when country music singer Jason Aldean was performing on stage before a crowd of about 22,000. Aldean ran from the stage when he realized what was happening. Witnesses reported they first thought the shots were fireworks but soon realized they were gunshots.

Paddock, 64, was a resident of Mesquite, Nev., located 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. He resided on Babbling Brook Court in a home he purchased in 2015, USA Today reported. Mesquite is a desert community which is home to about 17,000 residents. It is made up of retirement communities, casinos, and golf courses. Paddock previously resided in Reno, Nev. as well as in locations in California and Florida.

Good Morning America shared a photo of Paddock:

Paddock was a licensed pilot and owner of two places, NBC News reported. He also possessed a hunting license from Alaska. Paddock was not known to federal authorities prior to the shooting, and he had no known connection to terrorism.

Further details regarding Paddock were provided in an interview by ABC News:

A female “person of interest” in the shooting was located Monday just before 7 a.m. Police had been seeking Marilou Danley, who was believed to possibly have been a traveling companion of Paddock:

Police subsequently revealed Danley was cleared of involvement in the shooting. “Marilou Danley is no longer being sought out as a person of interest,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. “LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip.”

Two vehicles registered to Paddock had been located, a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, both with Nevada plates, Lombardo said.

In a video shared on Twitter, bystanders used their truck as a means of transporting victims to the hospital:

 

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