Las Vegas mass killer led 'secret life'
7 October, 2017
The Las Vegas gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history spent decades stockpiling guns and living a “secret life” that investigators may never be able to fully understand, police say. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Clark County, Nevada, said on 4 October that it was only logical to “make the assumption” that Stephen Paddock had “some help at some point” in pulling off the 1 October's massacre. As evidence, Lombardo pointed to gunman Paddock’s huge arsenal, explosive materials found in his car and his meticulous planning. Paddock had 1,600 rounds of ammunition and several containers of an explosive, commonly used in target shooting, in his car. But it wasn't clear what, if anything, Paddock planned with the explosives, the sheriff said.
He led such a low-key, private life that no one seemed to know him well. The 64-year-old multimillionaire killed 58 people and injured hundreds in the attack as he fired from his room on the 32nd floor. Paddock had nearly no close friends, social media presence or other clear connections to the broader world. Authorities also revealed that they believe he had an escape plan, even though he turned the gun on himself as police closed in on his luxury suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. They were still searching for a motive.