Note in Room had Numbers thought to have Helped the Las Vegas Shooter’s Aim
Investigators believe a note found in the Las Vegas shooter’s hotel room contained a series of numbers that helped him calculate more precise shots.
A law enforcement official said on Saturday that the numbers found on a note on a nightstand included the distance between the high-rise hotel room that Stephen Paddock was using as a perch and the concert the victims were attending.
The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the details of the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Investigators are still trying to determine why Paddock committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
He killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others last Sunday before taking his own life.
Earlier on Saturday, the US Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a Prayer Service in Las Vegas honoring the 58 victims killed last Sunday.
Mike Pence says those killed were taken before their time. But he says: “Their names and their stories will forever be etched into the hearts of the American People.”
Fifty-eight doves were released outside on the steps of City Hall. They flew in a wide arc before disappearing into the distance as someone shouted, “God Bless America!”
Baffled police and FBI agents, still lacking a clear motive for the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people by a lone gunman five days ago, have appealed to the public to come forward with any information that might help solve the mystery. Clark County Undersheriff Kevin Mc.Mahill said investigators have, to no avail, run down more than 1000 leads seeking clues to what drove a 64-year-old wealthy retiree with a penchant for gambling to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
The Las Vegas Gun Shooter Paddock fired a barrage of gunfire from the windows of his 32nd-floor hotel suite into a crowd of 20,000 people attending an outdoor country music festival concert on Sunday night and then killed himself before police stormed his room.
In addition to the 58 people killed, nearly 500 were injured, some by gunfire, some trampled or otherwise hurt while running for cover. 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.
“We have looked at everything, literally, to include the suspect’s personal life, any political affiliation, his social behaviors, economic situation,any potential radicalization,” Mr. Mc.Mahill told reporters. “We are looking at every aspect from birth to death of this suspect and this case.” Mr. Mc.Mahill acknowledged that the IS (Islamic State) had repeatedly claimed the responsibility for the attack, but said investigators had uncovered “No Nexus” between that Mideast-based militant group IS and the Las Vegas Shooter Paddock.
In an unusual bid to cast a wider net for additional tips, the FBI and police have arranged with communications company Clear Channel to post billboards around Las Vegas urging members of the public to come forward with any information they believe might help investigators. The billboards will bear the slogan “If you know something, say something”, and carry a toll-free number to an FBI hotline.
But police suspect Paddock may have had assistance at some point before the killings, based on the large number of guns, ammunition, and explosives that were found in the hotel suite, his home, his car and a second home searched in Reno.
The Police Authorities have said that 12 of the weapons recovered from Paddock’s hotel suite were equipped with so-called bump-stock devices that enable semi-automatic rifles to be operated as if they were fully automatic machine-gun. The Las Vegas Shooter Paddock’s ability to fire hundreds of rounds per minute over the course of his 10-minute shooting spree was a major factor in the high casualty count, the police said.