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Las Vegas authorities provide update on deadly mass shooting

Police find 18 firearms in Stephen Paddock's home in Mesquite

LAS VEGAS – At least 58 people people were killed and more than 500 were hurt when a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas.

The suspected gunman is Stephen Paddock, 64, of Nevada, who fired down on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. There were 22,000 people at the open-air music festival.

Nevada police updated the situation at 6 p.m. Monday during a press conference.

"There are two things we're attempting to achieve," said Las Vegas Police Chief Joe Lombardo. "One is we have to finish processing the scenes. We have four separate scenes we're working now. We have, on the 32nd floor, the room at the Mandalay Bay. We have the event location, the house in Mesquite and then now we have SWAT standing by, getting ready to hit the house in northern Nevada."

Lombardo said police retrieved in excess of 18 additional firearms from Paddock's home in Mesquite, along with some explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition. There were also some electronic devices that police are evaluating.

There are currently 527 people injured and 59 people who were killed in the attack, Lombardo said.

"At this point, we have several people calling about personal items located at the stadium," Lombardo said. "We are not done processing that scene yet. Once we are done processing the scene, we will make arrangements for people that attended the stadium that believe they have personal items there to respond to the area, and we will help you retrieve your items."

County music singer Jason Aldean had just taken the stage as the headliner at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip when the first shots were fired. Many concertgoers thought the popping sounds were fireworks or pyrotechnics.

But it was automatic gunfire coming from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay, and it sent 22,000 people running for cover.

Paddock lived in a retirement community in Mequite, Nevada, outside Las Vegas. His brother, Eric Paddock, said Paddock is a retired accountant and a multimillionaire real estate developer.

Police recovered 19 rifles from Paddock's hotel room, including one that had been altered. A Utah gun shop owner recognized Paddock's name and his photo immediately.

"I sold him a shotgun and got nervous: Was this used in this rampage?" he said.

Police believe Paddock bought the guns legally and used a type of hammer to break out the windows of two hotel rooms. That's where he fired hundreds of rounds for what witnesses said felt like 10 minutes.

"It was the scariest time of my life," a witness said. "I thought it was over."

Paddock killed himself as SWAT members closed in on his hotel room.

Paddock's late father, Benjamin Paddock, was a bank robber and was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list after escaping from prison in 1969. He was captured in 1977.

Before the shooting, the only incident on Stephen Paddock's record was a traffic ticket.


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