After the Las Vegas shooter killed over 50 people and later took his own life, police stormed the Mandalay Bay hotel room and found hundreds of rounds of ammunition and nearly 20 rifles.
Per the Daily Caller:
Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the crowd of 22,000 gathered below to watch Jason Aldean perform at the Route 91 Harvest Concert. SWAT officers found him dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound after breaching the door to his hotel room.
Authorities said they have not yet determined Paddock’s motivation or any ideological commitments that may have prompted the attack.
The police found an alarming arsenal inside the assailant’s hotel room:
Authorities found 19 rifles, including two scoped rifles mounted on tripods, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Paddock’s hotel room, one law enforcement official confirmed to the New York Times.
SWAT officers were reportedly alerted to Paddock’s position after smoke from his weapon set off the smoke detector in his hotel room. He reportedly established a camera to monitor their approach and turned his gun on himself as officers entered the room.
The shooter reportedly had no prior criminal record:
LVMPD Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Paddock, a former accountant, had a pilot’s license and a hunting license and no criminal record. A search of his home yielded at least one weapon and ammunition.
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Paddock engaged in tens of thousands of dollars in gambling transactions in the weeks leading up the attack. He reportedly did much of his gambling at Mandalay Bay Casino, where he was a VIP known for playing high dollar video slots. It remains unclear whether the transactions were wins or losses, law enforcement officials told NBC news.
According to his brother, the assailant had no prior military experience or reason for having that many guns:
In an interview with CBS Eric Paddock said his brother was “not an avid gun guy at all,” adding, “if he had have killed my kids, I couldn’t be more dumbfounded.”
“The fact that he had those kind of weapons is just — where the hell did he get automatic weapons?” he asked.
“He has no military background or anything like that,” Paddock added. “He’s a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite and drove down and gambled in Las Vegas.”
If police officers and other first responders were unable to locate the gunmen, the situation could have been much worse.