Police Reveal More Details About Vegas Massacre

But shooter's motive remains unknown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 9, 2017 6:40 PM CDT
Police Reveal More Details About Vegas Massacre
Vice President Mike Pence speaks in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, following a unity prayer walk honoring the victims of last weekend's massacre.   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

The gunman who killed 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern US history targeted aviation fuel tanks, stockpiled his car with explosives, and had personal protection gear as part of an escape plan, the Clark County sheriff said Monday. Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a news conference that they still have not pinpointed the shooter's motive, the AP reports. There's still no evidence Stephen Craig Paddock was motivated by ideology, and there's no evidence there was another shooter, he said. Investigators have found 200 incidents of Paddock moving through the city, and at no time was he with anyone else, Lombardo said. They haven't found any one particular event in Paddock's life that triggered the shooting, he said.

Lombardo also confirmed investigators are talking with Paddock's brother, Eric Paddock, who traveled to Las Vegas, and continue to speak with the shooter's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, to get insight. Lombardo declined to reveal what they've said, but stated, "Every piece of information we get is one more piece of the puzzle." In a newly revealed court document obtained by CNN, Stephen Paddock described himself as a nocturnal creature who bet up to $1 million each night while gambling at Las Vegas casinos in flip-flops and sweat pants, catching sleep in the day. The description of his lifestyle comes from a deposition filed as part of a civil lawsuit he filed against Cosmopolitan Hotel, where he slipped and fell in 2011. Eric Paddock told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he plans to put his brother's assets in a trust that would benefit the shooting victims. He has said in the past his brother was a multimillionaire who owned real estate.

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