LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas investigators provided a brand new model of occasions Friday in a shifting timeline surrounding the deadliest capturing in trendy U.S. historical past as they described how the gunman opened hearth on close by airport jet gasoline tanks and on cops arriving on the bloodbath.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo held a extremely anticipated information convention alongside the highest FBI agent in Las Vegas amid questions on whether or not police might have completed extra to cease gunman Stephen Paddock on Oct. 1.
They offered no new details about Paddock’s motivation as he killed fifty eight individuals and wounded greater than 500 at a rustic music pageant. Forty-5 individuals stay hospitalized in important situation, Lombardo stated.
The sheriff stated an post-mortem has been carried out on Paddock, and the coroner noticed “no abnormalities” in his mind. He stated the mind has been shipped to a facility to do a microscopic analysis.
Lombardo confirmed that Paddock deliberately opened hearth on jet gasoline tanks on the close by Las Vegas airport and stated he took photographs at arriving cops, probably to maintain them at bay as police rushed to his room.
However almost two weeks after the bloodbath, questions stay unanswered.
What drove Paddock to open hearth on the nation music pageant? Police and the FBI say they’re nonetheless at a loss to elucidate his motive however stated they’ve discovered no indicators that he had ideologies or connections to any teams.
Why did Paddock cease firing into the live performance? Authorities have no idea, however police apparently had not reached his lodge room by that time.
In a chronology offered Monday, Lombardo had stated Paddock began spraying 200 rounds from his suite into the hallway of the Mandalay Bay at 9:fifty nine p.m. Oct. 1, wounding an unarmed safety guard within the leg.
He stated Friday that the safety guard got here to a barricaded stairwell door at 9:fifty nine and wasn’t shot till round 10:05 p.m.
About that point, the gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets on the pageant crowd. Then he killed himself with a gunshot to the top.
Lombardo’s latest model of occasions aligns with that Mandalay Bay officers stated Thursday. That they had disputed whether or not six minutes truly handed between the primary photographs within the hallway and the beginning of the live performance rampage and stated Paddock might have wounded the safety guard inside forty seconds of firing into the gang.
Earlier this week, legal professionals had questioned why police and safety weren’t capable of cease Paddock sooner when authorities stated six…