Authorities said they recovered multiple weapons, ammunition and explosives at the homes of Stephen Paddock.
Paddock, 64, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he killed 58 people and injured 527 more with gunfire on the Las Vegas Strip. Paddock was set up a 32nd-floor room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino when he opened fire on a crowd of over 22,000 across the street at a country music festival Sunday.
Country star Jason Aldean was performing on the stage when gunfire could suddenly be heard. Aldean kept playing the song momentarily, but quickly sprinted off stage. The constant automatic gunfire caused chaos in the crowd and sent many fleeing for safety.
Less than two hours after the shooting incident started, officers confirmed Paddock was deceased. They performed an operation at the hotel and breached his room, finding him laying dead with at least 10 weapons and ammunition beside him.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a press briefing Monday that officers completed a search of his home in Mesquite, Nevada and they were in the process of doing the same at a home he owned in northern Nevada.
The Daily Mail reported that Paddock lived in a home in Mesquite, 90 minutes outside of Vegas. He purchased the home in a retirement community for $369,000 in 2015, records show.
At the home, he lived with “companion” Marilou Danley, who was sought by police immediately after the shooting because her debit/credit card was located inside Paddock’s hotel room. She was outside of the country at the time of incident and was greeted by federal agents as she arrived back on American soil late Tuesday evening.
Here are some photos of Paddock’s home in Mesquite:
Paddock’s brother, Eric Paddock, claimed Stephen was a “multimillionaire” and owned multiple homes. He added Stephen made a career off real estate investments and gambled thousands of dollars almost daily.
Paddock also owned a homes in Reno and Melbourne, Florida. Officers were seen outside of the homes Monday.
President Donald Trump on Monday addressed the American people and offered his condolences to the families of those affected by the mass shooting. He visited Vegas on Wednesday and met with first responders and the families of victims.
“My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief,” Trump opened his press conference saying. “Last night, a gunman opened fire in a large crowd at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil. The F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it developed.”
The president also thanked first responders for their quick reaction to the shooting.
“I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts in helping to save the lives of so many,” Trump said. “The speed at which they acted is miraculous.