Paddock May ‘Never Be Fully Understood,’ Sheriff Says

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Stephen Paddock, the gunman who rained bullets on the Route 91 Harvest festival on Sunday night, spent decades stockpiling weapons and ammunition, and “meticulously” planned the night he sprayed gunfire from his room at the Mandalay Bay on a crowd of concertgoers, says Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Authorities still aren’t clear on why Paddock did what he did or who he was. “Anything that would indicate this individual’s trigger point, that would cause him to do such harm, we haven’t understood it yet,” Lombardo said, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Police said 58 people were killed and 489 were injured in the rampage. Paddock, 64, led a secret life, Lombardo said, “much of which will never be fully understood.” Lombardo mentioned a 10-year span of Paddock’s life that police have struggled to grasp. Police knew he was retired and had real estate investments, Lombardo said, but haven’t got information from an ex-wife or a brother. The number of gunshots Paddock fired remained unclear. Police found 50 pounds of the explosive Tannerite and about 1,600 rounds of ammunition in Paddock’s car at Mandalay Bay. Paddock left 18 30-round magazines of .308 ammunition and 15 40-round magazines of .223 ammunition and police assume it was for additional violence if he escaped the hotel room. There were 13 suitcases that he brought up a few at a time, a source said. Paddock knew hotel workers were on eight-hour shifts and spread the bag transports among shifts to avoid attracting attention.

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