Las Vegas Gunman Shot Security Guard Before Main Attack

Wednesday, 11 Oct, 2017

She said she found it hard to believe that he could be capable of carrying out the October 1 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, which left 59 dead, including Paddock, and at least 480 others injured. The guard was investigating an alarm signaling that a door had been left open on the same floor as Paddock's room.

"I'm here to help them move forward with their investigation", Paddock, 57, told The Las Vegas Review Journal Sunday outside his hotel.

Police said at the time that after injuring the guard, Paddock stopped firing into the crowd. The officials are also baffled by the fact that Paddock has left behind no information on the reason behind the shooting, whereas such killers usually leave behind notes or at least post cryptic messages on social media.

Lombardo added that Paddock fired "well over 200 rounds" into the hallway when the security guard approached.

"You have to make an assumption that he had some help at some point", Lombardo told reporters.

Sheriff Lombardo said his department's initial account was "not completely inaccurate", and called the adjustments to the timeline "minute changes" that are common in a complex investigation. Lombardo added that investigators are attempting to establish a timeline of Paddock's whereabouts from September 25 through the 28.

"We know that he attempted to shoot at the fuel tanks". We didn't know where he was going to be in that room'.

The gunman's vehicle contained explosives, the sheriff said, but did not have any trigger mechanisms. "Depending on the "splash" he made during the shooting, would it enable the first responders to be directing their attention to other locations, which would enable Mr. Paddock to just leave the hotel". While he stated that he did not have mental health issues he said he was prescribed the drug "for anxiousness" by a physician to whom he had "good access".

Workers board up a broken window at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where shooter Stephen Paddock conducted his mass shooting along the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas on October 6, 2017.

It draws into question the timeline of events and the speed of the police response.

Lombardo said that police have found "some evidence" Paddock was taking medication, however, he added that it has not led to a motive.

Police also say that the gunman, 64, was seen on numerous occasions in Las Vegas gambling heavily by himself the night before the shooting, which ended with him killing himself.

"We have been down each and every single one of these paths, trying to determine why, to determine who else may have known of these plans". "That is our most important goal to prevent any further action associated with other individuals contemplating this or what exactly in the suspect's mind would enable him to pull off such a complicated event", Lombardo said during Monday's press conference.