Las Vegas, Oct 2: The gunman, who killed at least 58 people in the “deadliest mass shooting incident in the modern US history“, is believed to be Stephen Paddock, a grandfather who lived in a remote desert home. The 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire into the outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at 10.30 p.m. on Sunday.
According to an initial probe by Las Vegas Police, the suspect Stephen Paddock acted alone and was not found to be associated with any terrorist activity or organisation. Numerous pictures are circulating on social media, but none have been confirmed as the killer. A search operation has been launched to nab Paddock’s female companion, Marilou Danley, who according to cops was travelling with him before the attack.
Stephen Paddock was residing in Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas near the Arizona state border. He was living in a two-bedroom home. The authorities are yet to ascertain details about his religious beliefs. The name Stephen Paddock is registered on the sex offenders’ list, although it is not known if this is him.
Paddock is believed to have killed himself before a police SWAT team stormed his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The cops found numerous ‘rifles’ in the room, said Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo. According to NBC News, he was not known to the federal authorities but was known to local law enforcement.
Speaking on Paddock’s female companion, Marilou Danley, Sheriff Lombardo police “have had a conversation with her,” and that “at this time” Danley was not believed to have been involved. Paddock’s family say they are ‘dumbfounded’. “We know absolutely nothing, this is just, we are dumbfounded,” his brother Eric told DailyMail.com.
The ISIS has claimed the responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting. The terrorist organisation purported that the gunman Stephen Paddock converted to Islam several months ago and carried out the attack. The terror outfit, however, offered no evidence for the same. US President Donald Trump has offered his condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims.