Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas shooting suspect killed himself after killing at least 50 people and injuring 200 more, a law enforcement official stated.
“We believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.
The suspect, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, shot himself inside the Mandalay Bay hotel on the 32nd floor, where he’d been staying since Thursday.
Police confirmed that when they entered his room, he shot and killed himself, to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017.
People carry a person at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017
People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017
Police told that in his room about 10 rifles were found. It’s still unclear how he managed to keep the guns from being discovered by housekeeping staff.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said of Paddock.
A senior U.S. government official told Reuters that Paddock’s name was not on the database of suspected terrorists.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the woman who was sought in connection with the shooting has been cleared.
“Marilou Danley is no longer being sought out as a person of interest,” Las Vegas police said, saying that she was living with Paddock in a Mesquite retirement community. “LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip,” police said in a statement.
Video of the attack showed panicked crowds fleeing as sustained rapid gunfire ripped through the area.
“People were just dropping to the ground. It just kept going on,” said Steve Smith, a 45-year-old visitor from Phoenix, Arizona, who had flown in for the concert. He said the gunfire went on for an extended period of time. “Probably 100 shots at a time,” Smith said. “It would sound like it was reloading and then it would go again.”