Stephen Paddock has been identified as the suspect in Sunday night’s deadly shooting in Las Vegas. The 64-year-old suspect is deceased, according to police, who found him inside his hotel room.
Just after 10 p.m. local time, Paddock opened fire from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, taking aim at concertgoers that were attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival while Jason Aldean was performing.
According to the latest updates, 58 people are dead and another 500+ have been injured.
The New York Daily News reports that police found Paddock “more than 10 rifles” inside his room.
“Lombardo said that the gunman, who he called a ‘lone wolf,’ is believed to have used multiple rifles to attack his victims from the hotel. More than 10 rifles were found in the room, where police believe Paddock had been staying since Thursday.”
The exact types of guns that Paddock used are unknown. It is also unclear whether or not the guns were registered to him.
“A federal law enforcement official said a cache of weapons was found inside the hotel room where Paddock died, and investigators believe the suspect used the vantage point to fire on the crowd below gathered for an outdoor country music concert,” USA Today reports.
According to USA Today, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has obtained a search warrant as part of this investigation. Paddock’s home will be searched for additional weapons, information, and anything else that might be related to this heinous act of violence.
Paddock, 64, lived in Mesquite, Nevada, about 80 miles outside of Las Vegas. A woman named Marilou Danley was previously identified as a “person of interest” and was described as his “companion.” Some outlets have referred to Danley as Paddock’s wife, but Heavy cannot confirm that information at this time. She was questioned by police but has since been cleared of any involvement — reports indicate that Danley is out of the country.
Paddock’s motive is unknown at this time.