A gunman in Las Vegas opened fire on a crowd gathered near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for a music festival on Sunday night, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds before turning a weapon on himself.
Law enforcement has now identified the perpetrator of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern American history.
Police identified Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, NV, as the lone shooter in the incident. Mesquite is around 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Paddock is white and retired.
Paddock, who police said had more than 10 weapons in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort, is believed to have been a “lone wolf” attacker. Local authorities said his record is mostly clear, save for a citation from several years ago handled in the court system. He does not have any military background. Paddock’s family said they were “dumbfounded” by the news of the attack.
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Paddock’s roommate, Marilou Danley, was initially considered a person of interest, but was located by police and cleared. Authorities have been searching their residence for information.
ISIS initially claimed Paddock had converted to Islam months ago and claimed responsibility for the attack, but the FBI has since said Paddock had no terrorist affiliation.
Paddock has lived at various locations in Nevada, Florida, California and Texas since 1990.
Below is video footage showing the country music concert taking place at the time of the shooting. Rapid-fire gunshots can be heard as the crowd of 22,000-30,000 began to take cover.
VIDEO: A concertgoer captures the moment when a gunman opens fire on a concert in Las Vegas, killing more than 50. https://t.co/dorpLMQR7F
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