Authorities have found 23 guns in Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, as well as 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite, Nev.
Those are among the latest details that have emerged about Sunday night’s mass shooting, considered the deadliest in modern U.S. history after leaving at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured. Those killed were in the crowd watching the Harvest Festival country music festival.
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What kind of arsenal was found?
Investigators discovered AR-15-style and AK-47-style rifles and a big cache of ammunition in Paddock’s room on the Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor, according to a Wall Street Journal report. At least one of the 23 guns at the hotel was outfitted with a “bump stock,” a device that modifies a semi-automatic weapon to fire at an automatic rate, a Guardian story said.
At his home in Mesquite, authorities found Tannerite, an explosive that detonates when shot by bullets and is used in target practice, in addition to the 19 guns and thousands of rounds of ammo. Mesquite is a retirement community about 80 miles northeast of the Vegas Strip.
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What did Paddock do for a living?
The 64-year-old recently made a living as an investor in residential real estate and was also a regular video-poker player, a separate Journal story said.
He was a regular at Vegas hotels. He sued the Cosmopolitan Hotel in 2012, saying that he incurred more than $30,000 in medical bills after being injured in a slip-and-fall accident, but a judge dismissed the case and ordered Paddock to pay the hotel’s attorney fees.
“He had substantial wealth. He’d tell me when he’d win. He’d grouse when he’d lost. He never said he’d lost $4 million or something. I think he would have told me,” said Eric Paddock, the gunman’s brother, according to an Associated Press report. Eric Paddock also described his brother as a multimillionaire, and said they had business dealings and owned property together.
Gunman’s father was a bank robber and con artist
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, Stephen Paddock’s father, was convicted in 1961 of robbing banks in Arizona and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, when the Vegas gunman was 8, according to a New York Times report.
He escaped from prison in 1969 and eventually made his way to Oregon, opening a bingo parlor in Springfield in the late 1970s and going by the name “Bruce Werner Ericksen.” The FBI placed him on its Most Wanted list in 1969, describing him as “diagnosed as psychopathic” and with “suicidal tendencies,” the Times story said. He ran into trouble in Oregon as well, getting charged with racketeering and other crimes before moving to Texas, where he died in 1998.
Eric Paddock, the gunman’s brother, said their father was largely absent from their lives.
Reaction from around the world
America makes news around the world for all the wrong reasons. The massacre in Las Vegas dominates almost all of Tuesday’s front pages. pic.twitter.com/1O12YXVsmW
— NYC EMS Watch (@NYCEMSwatch) October 3, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional opening monologue on his late-night show Monday night about the “terrible, inexplicable” events in Las Vegas, his hometown. He criticized lawmakers for “letting the gun lobby run this country,” calling out 56 senators who voted against a bill to close loopholes in gun control law.
“I hate talking about stuff like this. I just want to laugh about things every night. But that, it seems to be becoming increasingly difficult lately. It feels like someone has opened a window into hell,” Kimmel said.
Fellow late-night host Trevor Noah covered similar ground, as the killings revived the debate about gun laws:
Tonight at 11/10c, Trevor responds to the tragedy in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/zUJFboVe1f
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 3, 2017
Country music guitarist Caleb Keeter, who performed at the Harvest Festival several hours before the shooting broke out, has spoken out in favor of gun control, after being a lifelong proponent of the Second Amendment.
“Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with CHL licenses, and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless,” Keeter said in a statement.
On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident and later said it was an act of “pure evil”. Trump is due to visit the city Wednesday.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that it was not the time to restart the gun control debate.
Two survivors of the shooting — Caren Mansholt and Rusty Dees — maintained their support for the Second Amendment, saying on BBC Radio 4’s Today program that there was no way to prevent the attack.
“It’s a tragic cost of freedom, that people can do bad things,” Dees said, according to a New York Daily News report. “If you can find a gun law that would prevent this from happening, I could sign up today, but I am proud of our country’s Second Amendment rights and I’m glad we are allowed to defend ourselves.”
“The biggest problem for me and for many was that we didn’t hear anybody returning fire. I’m very concerned that we had no one outside to protect us,” Dees added.
MarketWatch’s Victor Reklaitis and Karen Friar contributed to this report.