Las Vegas gunman methodically sought to 'thwart' investigation of massacre, FBI says

Karenine Saint Louis

Paddock, the man behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, killed himself after opening fire on a crowd of concertgoers from his hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 others.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court documents released Friday.

An investigator works in the room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where a gunman opened fire on a music festival, in Las Vegas.

The emails discussing bump stocks appeared to be sent between two accounts on July 6, both of which were run by Paddock, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The shooter, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel room on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

The documents, which were released in response to a lawsuit filed by several media organizations, include more than a dozen search warrant affidavits.

That would mean "investigators need to determine who was communicating with him about weapons that were used in the attack", one of the warrants said.

The documents also reveal that Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danely, "told investigators that her fingerprints would likely be found on Paddock's ammunition", while also firmly denying any knowledge of Paddock's plan to carry out the attack. An agent wrote in the search warrants that "if there were any information related to a potential conspiracy, it would be found within" the locked phone, which operated on the Google platform, meaning that it nearly certainly was not an iPhone.


Warrants also showed that investigators found an email address identified by investigators as Paddock's where he received a message from an account identified as CentralPark4804@gmail.com that read, "for a thrill try out bumpfire ar's with 100 round magazine".

Documents posted online by the Review-Journal showed that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents sought information from Microsoft and Facebook regarding the accounts held by Paddock and Danley.

In the days after the shootings, authorities called Danley a "person of interest".

"Paddock planned the attack meticulously and took many methodical steps to avoid detection of his plot and to thwart the eventual law enforcement investigation that would follow", the FBI said.

Investigators found no evidence that Paddock had help carrying out the attack.

Paddock shot and killed himself before police arrived at his hotel room the night of the shootings.

Police found 23 guns in Paddock's hotel room after the horrific shooting, as well as 19 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition found at his home.

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