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Sheriff: Vegas gunman aimed at fuel tanks as diversion

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 12:05 AM
From left: Rachel Shepherd, Jamie Lambert and Annie Leach visit a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting on Friday in Las Vegas.


The gunman who killed 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern US history targeted aviation fuel tanks, stockpiled his car with explosives, and had personal-protection gear as part of an escape plan, the Clark County sheriff said yesterday.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a news conference that they still have not pinpointed the shooter's motive behind his decision to fire on a concert crowd of 22,000 in Las Vegas on October 1 from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino.


No evidence


There is still no evidence that Stephen Craig Paddock was motivated by ideology, and there is no evidence there was another shooter, he said. Investigators have found 200 incidents of Paddock moving through the city, and at no time was he with anyone else, Lombardo said.

They have not found any one particular event in Paddock's life that triggered the shooting, he said. They did not find any note in his room, only a paper with numbers, he said.

Lombardo also confirmed that investigators are talking with Paddock's brother, Eric Paddock, who travelled to Las Vegas; and continue to speak with the shooter's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, to get insight.

Lombardo declined to reveal what they've said, but stated, "Every piece of information we get is one more piece of the puzzle."

Friends and relatives of the victims and other concert-goers who survived returned on Monday to reclaim baby strollers, shoes, phones, backpacks, and purses left behind in the panic as they fled.

The interviews with Paddock's brother Saturday and Sunday were part of an exhaustive search through the 64-year-old's life in search of clues about why he unleashed gunfire from broken windows in the 32rd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino.