US police recovers 23 guns from shooter’s hotel room, dead toll rises to 59

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International desk, October 03: Police recovered 23 guns from the Las Vegas hotel room of mass shooter Stephen Paddock, Clark County Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo said. Fasulo said another 19 guns were found at Paddock’s Mesquite, Nevada home.Now police are working to establish the motive behind a mass shooting which left at least 59 dead and another 527 injured at a Las Vegas concert.

Authorities said Paddock killed 59 people early Monday in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Stephen Paddock, who sent bullets and terror down on thousands attending a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas, had an arsenal in his 32nd-floor hotel room and at his home 80 miles away, officials said.

In the hours after the retired accountant committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history — killing 59 and wounding at least 527 — authorities rolled out frightening new details, including the discovery of scopes on rifles at the resort and explosives at his home.

But as yet, no clear reason for the killing has emerged.

Investigators have found no link to international terrorism, despite a claim from so-called Islamic State. Some investigators have suggested psychological issues, but there is no confirmation of this.

But what they couldn’t explain is why the man who had never faced any notable criminal charges did it. There was no known motive late Monday.

Even Paddock’s brother had no answers.

“We’re still just completely befuddled. Dumbstruck,” Eric Paddock said in Orlando, Florida.

Police said they believe Paddock acted alone. “Right now, we believe it’s a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor,” the sheriff said.

So far, the massacre has no known link to overseas terrorism or terror groups, a US official with knowledge of the case said.

And a woman who was described as a “person of interest” after the attack is now not believed to be involved in the shooting, police said in a statement.

“Marilou Danley is no longer being sought out as a person of interest,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. “LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip.”

The gunman’s brother, Eric Paddock, said he was stunned to learn Stephen was believed responsible.

He described his brother, a retired accountant, as “a wealthy guy. He liked to play video poker. He went on cruises.”

The last time Eric Paddock spoke to his brother was when Stephen texted him, asking how their mother was doing after losing power from Hurricane Irma.

Eric Paddock said he knew his brother owned a few handguns and maybe one long rifle, but said he did not know of any automatic weapons.

President Donald Trump described the attack as “pure evil” in an address from the White House on Monday.

Source: Agencies