Authorities found 23 guns, including a handgun, in the hotel room of the gunman, identified earlier by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. At least some were equipped with scopes, devices that help the shooter identify targets at a range, police said.
They also recovered 19 firearms plus explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition from Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada, a town near the border with Arizona, Joe Lombardo, the Las Vegas metropolitan police department Sheriff, told reporters. He also said police found “electronic devices” but would not describe them.
Additionally, several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, were also found in his car. Later on Monday, a Swat team searched a residence in northern Nevada that is believed to be associated with the gunman.
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(Pictured) A man holds a program after an interfaith memorial service for the victims outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Oct. 2.
At an afternoon news conference, officials also updated the latest casualty figures, saying that at least 59 people were dead and 527 more injured after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the thousands of concertgoers attending the Route 91 country music festival on Sunday night.
Islamic State on Monday claimed that the gunman was “a Soldier of the Islamic State”, but authorities have said that there is no evidence to substantiate that claim and that the group had falsified its role in attacks.
The attack is the latest in a grim list of mass shootings, and the carnage surpassed the death toll of the Isis-inspired massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016, when 49 people were killed.
As the bullets began to spray the crowd, Aldean stopped playing and ran offstage, prompting chaos in the crowd.
At least 527 people were injured – some were wounded by gunshots and shrapnel while others were trampled or hurt trying to jump fences and flee the site, police said.
“We believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry,” the sheriff told reporters.
By late Monday night, police said they still had no idea what motivated a retired accountant with no criminal history to carry out this attack.
He also said Marilou Danley, whom he described as Paddock’s girlfriend, was currently in Tokyo and that police intended to meet with her when she returns.
A brother of the suspect living in central Florida, Eric Paddock, told CBS he was “dumbfounded”. He was “not an avid gun guy at all”, the brother said. “The fact that he had those kind of weapons is just … he has no military background or anything like that.”