Las Vegas massacre: Stephen Paddock booked hotel room overlooking other music festivals

Hundreds were injured and 58 killed when Paddock rained bullets from a nearby hotel tower into crowds attending an outdoor country music festival. "We have a lot of work to do".

They are also looking at his gambling habits and checking records for any disputes he might have had with casinos or fellow patrons. They observed the suspect down on the ground and also saw a second door that could not be accessed from their position. Lombardo also noted that Paddock was planning to escape after attack.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the scale of the preparations - including weapons, ammunition and electronics he stockpiled - raise questions about Paddock potentially having had an accomplice, but none has been identified.

Some who thought they knew him intimately could provide no help.

Danley returned on Tuesday from the Philippines, where Paddock had sent her before the attack and was being interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators said that they are looking for the "roommate" of the shooter - Marilou Danley - and describe her as a person of interest.

Analyzing Paddock's computer, cellphone and other electronic devices, Investigators have found no obvious ideological motive, no clear connection to extremists or activist groups or outward display of mental illness.

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Anonymous officials said that Paddock looked for hotels near Fenway Park, where the Red Sox play and the Boston Center for the Arts. Investigators are trying to trace that money.

Sheriff says Marilou Danley is a person of interest again, after report that Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines a week before the attack, while she was in the country.

She said she loved Paddock as a "kind, caring, quiet man" and hoped they would have a future together. "We are cooperating with the authorities on this matter".

Stephen Paddock had booked two rooms at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago, overlooking an expansive park where the popular music festival took place over four days in August, TMZ reported.

It was also reported that Paddock also attempted to book rooms at the Ogden, a luxury condo tower, during the Life is attractive festival in Las Vegas in late September - but found they were all taken.

The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity after being briefed on the investigation. The room, which goes for USD 590 a night, was given to Paddock for free because he was a good customer who wagered tens of thousands of dollars each time he visited the casino, the person said. Detective Mike McCarthy said Thursday, though he provided no further details.

Lombardo declined to reveal why he believed that Paddock had an exit planned, but said he was confident in the claim - and said that his scheme was so elaborate that he would have to be a "super hero" to pull it off alone. "But they will find out".


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