Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Vegas shooter may have targeted another music festival first

Joseph Lombardo said the gunman could have had help at some point. Source AAP Joseph Lombardo said the gunman could have had help at some point. Source AAP
Melody Ballard | 09 October, 2017, 00:39

Just two months after Lollapalooza, Paddock checked into Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

Lombardo, who previously said Paddock probably carried out "a solo act", expressed new thoughts about possible aid the shooter had.

"He sent her away so that he can plan what he is planning without interruptions", the sister said.

Hotel employees at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay resort, from where Paddock shot and killed 58 people before killing himself, said that he had specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the Route 91 Harvest music festival.

Unlike so many other perpetrators of deadly mass shootings before him, Paddock left behind no suicide note, no manifesto, no recordings and no messages on social media pointing to his intent, according to police.

Marilou Danley, girlfriend of Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock, is seen in a Facebook photo.

He reportedly booked two rooms overlooking Grant Park at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, with arrival dates of August 1 and August 3 and check-out dates of August 6. Paddock's motive remains unknown.

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A spokesperson for the hotel declined to comment on whether such notes had been added to Paddock's reservation.

Marilou Danley says her boyfriend displayed signs of mental health issues and would moan and scream "Oh, my God" in his sleep ahead of his sniper attack on concert goers in Las Vegas, according to two former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

He said that it was only logical to "make the assumption" that Paddock had "some help at some point" in pulling off Sunday's massacre, pointing to Paddock's huge arsenal, explosive materials found in his auto and his meticulous planning.

"You gotta make the assumption he had to have help at some point, and we want to ensure that's the answer".

Lombardo also said none of the cameras Paddock put up in the hotel room where he unleashed gunfire onto a concert crowd were recording.

Investigators believe that Paddock used bump-stock for the attack as it modifies a semi-automatic weapon to fire at an automatic rate.

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