Fifty-plus people are confirmed dead and there over 400 have been taken to area hospitals. One suspect named as Stephen Paddock is confirmed dead by Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Police have taken the shooter’s companion into custody. She was living with Stephen in Mesquite. She is believed to be an Australian citizen of Indonesian heritage. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said detectives had found the woman, who he described as “Asian”, 4 foot 11 inches tall and weighing 111 pounds (50 kg).
“While initial reports claimed Paddock was a recent convert to Islam, Clark County Sherrif [sic] Joseph Lombardo said he had no knowledge of Paddock’s religious beliefs.”
According to USA Today, law enforcement found a “cache of weapons” in Paddock’s hotel room. Law enforcement clarified which floor of the hotel he was shooting from and said they have not yet determined a motive for the attack:
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said officers determined the gunshots were coming from a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay complex on the Las Vegas Strip. Officers stormed the room and killed the suspect, Lombardo said.
“Right now, we believe it’s a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor,” Lombardo said. He said a motive for the shooting had not yet been determined.
Las Vegas gunman identified as 64-year-old Mesquite, NV man
By David Rosenberg, Arutz Sheva, October 2, 2017:
Police take shooter’s female companion into custody after attack which left more than 50 dead, 100 wounded. 2 Police officers among dead.
Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
The gunman responsible for a deadly shooting attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada.
Police say Paddock had a criminal record, but no known ties to terrorism.
While initial reports claimed Paddock was a recent convert to Islam, Clark County Sherrif Joseph Lombardo said he had no knowledge of Paddock’s religious beliefs.
“As far as his history and his background, we haven’t completed that part of the investigation yet.”
“We have no idea what his belief system was.”
Authorities are now searching for the shooter’s companion, a 62-year-old woman identified as Marilou Danley, whom police have called “a person of interest”. KHOU-TV‘s Bill Bishop identified Danley as Paddock’s wife.
More than 50 people were killed when the gunman opened fire just before 10:30 p.m. local time Sunday night on the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music show at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas. In addition, some 200 people were wounded in the attack.
The attacker fired a fully automatic weapon from the balcony of a 32nd-story room in the Mandalay Bay hotel, hitting dozens of concertgoers. Witnesses say the gunman fired hundreds of rounds.
Police shot and killed the attacker, whose victims included two police officers. Two other officers were wounded by the gunman, including one officer in critical condition.
Clark County Sherrif Joseph Lombardo said the gunman was a resident of the Las Vegas area, but did not release the attacker’s name.
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