Police say Federal Bureau of Investigation found vehicle in Reno search

09 Octobre, 2017, 00:28 | Auteur: Sue Barrett
  • It underscored the difficulty American cities face in protecting citizens from attacks that can take unpredictable forms

Fifty-eight died, 500 more injured - perhaps that's all that should matter when we heal as a nation.

Paddock, a reclusive 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, rained bullets on the crowd at a country music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel suite, killing 58 and wounding hundreds before taking his own life.

Paddock purchased the bullets from a private gun dealer after they met at a Phoenix gun show, according to the AP.

In the past year, Paddock - a retired real estate investor and former IRS agent - used his apparently extensive financial resources to fund his plans for the attack while bankrolling his longtime passion for gambling.

"We have been down each and every one of these paths", McMahill said. UNLV Psychology Professor Stephen Benning said that's probably not an accurate statement.

"This was too frightful a crime, too extraordinary a crime to not to close the books [on]", O'Toole said.

But perhaps one of the biggest reasons we, as a society, want to know more has to do with "human nature" and what compels someone to just click.

"We are united in our grief, in our support for those who have suffered and united in our resolve to end such evil in our time", Pence said on Saturday, joining Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other local leaders at a City Hall commemoration for victims of the shooting that followed a prayer walk through the city.

Police have called the massacre "meticulously planned".

The report emerged Friday as investigators said they chased down more than 1,000 leads since the Sunday night shooting - without finding a reason for Paddock's rampage.

McMahill said investigators remained certain Paddock acted alone in the shooting. Turns out, he did leave behind a note of some sort, but it wasn't a suicide note.

Paddock bought Danley a plane ticket to her native Philippines before the shooting and made sure she was there during the shooting.

Nearly three miles north on Interstate 580 at Reno Guns & Range, Paddock bought a rifle and handgun in December, according to the source. Danley didn't suspect mass murder.

"I like to think of these things as education", she told CNN.

Paddock booked hotel rooms in Chicago in early August that overlooked the venue for Lollapalooza the same week the annual music festival was held.

Investigators are still trying to determine what motivated Paddock to open fire from a high-rise hotel room.

Undersheriff McMahill said law enforcement will continue to dig into Paddock's background to learn more.

Police also discovered more than 50 pounds of exploding targets and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in Paddock's auto in the hotel's parking lot. Found in Paddock's vehicle: multiple containers of the explosive material Tannerite and 1,600 rounds of ammunition. The person responsible was charged him with federal terrorism.

Paddock amassed at least some of his collection from a variety of gun stores throughout the southwestern U.S. He visited gun stores in Nevada, Utah, California and Texas, where he purchased rifles, pistols and shotguns, Snyder said. In 1960, he was charged with stealing $25,000 from three banks. But at least 12 of those in the hotel room were outfitted with bump stocks, which allowed the semi-automatic weapons to mimic the gunfire of automatic ones, according to Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the ATF's San Francisco field division.

Police are also working to determine who else may have known of these plans.

Paddock reportedly fired shots at two tanks containing aviation fuel, located near the massacre site.

Paddock was "a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo", Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said during a Wednesday news conference.