Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the media that a significant change had been made to the timeline of America’s worst massacre in history.
This has thrown their investigation into further disarray, as they desperately try to find more clues to his motive for the evil attack.
Drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, following the deadly shooting. Picture: APSource:AP
Officials had previously said Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos after he had begun his spray of bullets from the 32nd floor of his Vegas hotel room where he targeted the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. Picture: APSource:AP
Campos was shot in the leg by Paddock who fired a gun through the door of his hotel suite.
He was previously hailed a hero for stopping the massacre by police.
Campos reportedly raised the alarm at 9.59pm.
But police did not learn the ‘exact location’ of Paddock until at least 10.18pm.
Police have said previously they believe Paddock began shooting into the crowd at the Route 91 music festival at 10.05pm and continued until 10.15pm.
This leaves six minutes between when Campos was shot and when it is thought that Paddock opened fire on the crowd.
At the time, Campos was unarmed, and only had a baton in his hand, as he disturbed Paddock when he entered the hotel hallway. Paddock detected him with the array of security cameras he had placed outside his room.
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Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lomardo told reporters on Wednesday that Stephen Paddock “meticulously” planned Sunday’s attack in Las Vegas.
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Now, investigators are saying that Paddock shot Campos before he carried out the massacre.
This has left them totally unclear about what stopped Paddock from continuing to shoot at the crowd below with his arsenal of 23 guns.
Guns on the floor of Stephen Paddock’s room in Las Vegas. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
“Mr. Campos was encountered by the suspect prior to his shooting to the outside world,” Lombardo said.
Police officers who were searching the hotel after the shooting began were unaware a hotel security guard had been shot “until they met him in the hallway after exiting the elevator,” Lombardo said.
Inside shooter Stephen Paddock’s room at the Mandalay Bay hotel, Las Vegas. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Charles “Sid” Heal, a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s commander and tactical expert, said the new timeline “changes the whole perspective of the shooting.”
Heal said that if police had known a guard had been shot, they would have rushed the room.
“It doesn’t say much for hotel security,” Heal said.
After Campos was shot, a maintenance worker was on the 32nd floor and “Campos prevented him from receiving any injuries,” Lombardo said.
Lombardo said investigators had found “zero” evidence of a second gunman.
Investigators said Paddock was not seen with anyone before the attack.
AVIATION TANKS TARGETED
The new revelations come as authorities confirmed he targeted aviation fuel tanks, stocked his car with explosives and had personal protection gear as part of an escape plan.
“It’s because this individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is difficult for us to find the answers to those actions,” Lombardo said.
“We believe he decided to take the lives he did and he had a very purposeful plan that he carried out.”
There is still no evidence Stephen Craig Paddock was motivated by ideology, or that 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.
The target of Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas, aviation tanks near the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Lombardo said police and FBI agents, including behavioral profilers, still haven’t found a particular event in Paddock’s life that might have triggered the shooting. The sheriff added that a complete evaluation of Paddock’s mental condition was not yet done. Authorities didn’t find a note in his room, only a paper with numbers, he said.
Investigators believe the numbers represented calculations for more precise shots, according to a law enforcement official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the details of the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The note Stephen Paddock left in his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel, Las Vegas. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
GUNMAN’S BROTHER, LOVER QUIZZED
The sheriff also confirmed investigators are talking with Paddock’s brother Eric Paddock, who traveled to Las Vegas, and continue to speak with the shooter’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, to get insight.
Eric Paddock said he came to Las Vegas to retrieve his brother’s body in hopes of sending the cremated ashes to their 89-year-old mother in Orlando.
Eric Paddock, the brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. Picture: APSource:AP
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said he could not discuss the results of an autopsy done on Stephen Paddock, who police said shot himself dead before officers arrived at the Las Vegas Strip hotel suite from which he rained gunfire on a concert crowd below.
Marilou Danley. Danley’s boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Picture: APSource:AP
Eric Paddock told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he plans to put his brother’s assets in a trust that would benefit the shooting victims. Law enforcement interviews with Paddock’s brother Saturday and Sunday were part of an exhaustive search through the 64-year-old’s life.
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Officers who stormed the Mandalay Bay hotel room of Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, say it was ‘like a gun store’. Courtesy: 60 Minutes
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COPS FIND UNFINISHED HOLES
Lombardo declined to reveal what they’ve said, but he stated, “Every piece of information we get is one more piece of the puzzle.”
Paddock had power tools and was attempting to drill a hole in an adjacent wall, perhaps to mount another camera or to point a rifle through, but he never completed the work, Lombardo said.
He also drilled holes and bolted a metal bar to try to prevent the opening of an emergency exit stairwell door near the door of his room.
A little-known device called a “bump stock” attached to a semi-automatic rifle. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock bought 33 guns within the last year, and used bump stocks in the attack. Picture: APSource:AP
Meanwhile, friends and relatives of the victims and other concert-goers who survived returned Monday to reclaim baby strollers, shoes, phones, backpacks and purses left behind in the panic as they fled.
The personal effects being recovered were strewn across the massive grassy concert venue where 22,000 country music fans attended the Route 91 Harvest festival have become sentimental memories of loved ones for some and haunting reminders of the night of terror for others.
People left behind thousands of items, Clark County Emergency Manager John Steinbeck said.
An FBI investigator works among thousands of personal items at a festival grounds. Picture: APSource:AP
Those who were in two areas of the concert grounds were being allowed to retrieve their things in groups, with authorities expanding the offer Monday to include people who were seated west of the stage. Authorities are powering up cellphones and asking people to text their full names to the phones to ensure they are returned to the correct owners.
At the assistance center set up at a convention center in Las Vegas, a steady stream of individuals walked in on Monday looking for purses, wallets, cellphones and even a wedding bracelet. Volunteers filled out intake forms with detailed descriptions of their lost items, and later, FBI victims assistance agents asked for additional questions.
People received their belongings in re-sealable plastic bags and were asked to check them. After identifying their items, some smiled and others hugged the FBI agents or Red Cross volunteers who had helped them.