Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Note in Las Vegas shooter's room contained distance calculations to festival crowd

Note in Las Vegas shooter's room contained distance calculations to festival crowd

On Monday, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Stephen Paddock shot and wounded a Mandalay Bay hotel security guard outside his door and sprayed 200 shots down the hall six minutes before he opened fire October 1 from his high-rise suite on a crowd at a country music festival below.

Confirming that Campos' notification to hotel security had not been effectively forwarded to local law enforcement before, during or shortly after Paddock's killing spree, Sheriff Lombardo said Monday that the impromptu SWAT team which initially breached Paddock's 32nd floor room "didn't know" a hotel security guard had been shot until they met him in the hallway after exiting the elevator.

During the end of the outdoor country music festival's third day, Paddock fired bullets from his 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay on the crowd of more than 22,000 concertgoers.

Police have clarified that Campos had been responding to an alarm associated with an open door, unrelated to Paddock's two-room suite on the 32 floor. "Because he knew we'd be coming out that door to gain entry into his door so he tried to barricade it as best he could".

The hand-written note was found near a window that Paddock had smashed to fire on the crowd, and included calculations about where to aim to kill as many people as possible in the crowd, about 400 metres away from the hotel.

Lombardo said that this was made possible because of specialized training allowing them to act so quickly. Authorities previously said Campos' presence may have distracted Paddock; however, it's now known Campos entered the scene prior to the shooting, not after it already started.

Timeline events changes as investigation into mass shooting continues.

Lombardo made the clarification at a news conference Monday about the ongoing investigation into the shooting and the possible motives for Paddock's October 1. killing spree.

Soon after, Paddock embarked on a 10-minute massacre that killed 58 people, one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

The Las Vegas Sherrif on Monday said lessons he learnt from the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai helped police offers in the US' gambling hub prevent a thousands deaths after they stormed into a hotel and killed a lone shooter.

He said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Las Vegas Metro police had revisited Paddock's homes in Mesquite and Reno, looking for clues about a motive. It is believed the shooter was drilling to place a camera or a rifle in position in the suite, the sheriff said.

There is still no evidence Paddock was motivated by ideology, or that there was another gunman, he said.

Mr Lombardo declined to reveal what they have said, but added: "Every piece of information we get is one more piece of the puzzle".

NPR's Sarah McCammon reports that a lawyer for one of the victims of the shooting has filed court papers to freeze the assets of the shooter, Stephen Paddock.

Investigators are continuing to question Paddock's brother, Eric, and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

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