The Las Vegas gunman1 opened fire on a security guard six minutes before he rained down bullets on a crowd and killed 58 people2, officials said on Monday in a change to the timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, was seen on numerous occasions in Las Vegas without any person accompanying him and he gambled the night before the shooting, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference . He killed himself after the attack.
This individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is difficult for us to find the answers, said Lombardo, who said he was frustrated with the speed of the investigation.
Paddock sprayed an outdoor concert with bursts of gunfire from high above in a Las Vegas hotel window on 1 October, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, before shooting himself.
In coordination with the FBI’ s3 behavioural analysis unit, a comprehensive picture is being drawn as to the suspect’s mental state and currently we do not believe there is one particular event in the suspect’s life for us to key on, Lombardo said. There is no indication anyone other than Paddock fired on the crowd, Lombardo said, adding investigators are talking to family members and the girlfriend of the gunman. Paddock shot and wounded a security guard who came to his floor at the Mandalay Bay hotel to investigate an open door down near Paddock’s suite, Lombardo said, providing new details on what occurred immediately before the mass shooting.
The security guard, Jesus Campos, was struck in the leg as the gunman, from behind his door, shot into the hallway on the 32nd floor . Paddock apparently detected Campos via surveillance cameras he set up outside his hotel suite, police have said. Paddock shot the guard at 9.59pm local time, Lombardo said, shortly before raining down bullets on the Route 91 Harvest festival in an attack that began at 10.05pm and lasted 10 minutes.
Police officers found Campos when they arrived on the floor. Paddock had a document in the room with him that contained numbers, Lombardo said, adding he could not immediately say what purpose the figures served. Las Vegas police officer David Newton told CBS News programme 60 Minutes on Sunday that he entered the room and saw a note on the shooter’s nightstand with numbers that appeared to be designed to help his aim.
It was unclear why Paddock stopped firing at the crowd, suggesting he may have initially planned to escape, Lombardo said.
He shot at jet fuel tanks at McCarran International Airport and had protective gear in the hotel suite and explosives in his parked car, Lombardo said.
An unarmed security guard has been hailed as a hero after he was the first on the scene to approach Las Vegas1 gunman Stephen Paddock2. Jesus Campos was likely just carrying a baton when he approached the suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel from where 64-year-old shooter Paddock was unloading bullets onto crowds at a festival below. Mr Campos tried to open the door but it was barricaded and Paddock had also seen him coming, swiftly firing through the door and hitting Mr Campos in the leg, Dave Hickey, president of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America told the Daily Beast3.
But despite his injuries, Mr Campos was able to radio police and share the shooter’s location.
“We received information via their dispatch centre that helped us locate where this individual was sequestered,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. After informing police, Mr Campos remained in the vicinity, helping to evacuate rooms on the same floor before being ordered to leave himself.
“I think we need to recognise the position that these officers hold, Mr Hickey said. “Security professionals in those kind of venues whether it s a bank or a hotel or Disney World I m telling you that I don t think that our officers are recognised enough for the valuable role that they play in protecting property, people and even the nation.”
Mr Hickey said Mr Campos received a bullet to his right leg and will be operated on in due course. Officials are still trying to piece together the motive to Sunday’s attack which saw 58 people killed and 489 injured.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Stephen Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at the Ogden hotel in downtown Las Vegas4 weeks before the attack when another music festival was playing.
His comments came shortly after Paddock s girlfriend Marilou Danley said she had no idea5 he was planning an attack on the Strip and was devastated for the victims.
- ^ Las Vegas (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Stephen Paddock (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Daily Beast (www.thedailybeast.com)
- ^ Stephen Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at the Ogden hotel in downtown Las Vegas (www.independent.co.uk)
- ^ Paddock s girlfriend Marilou Danley said she had no idea (www.independent.co.uk)
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Officials in Rome1 are calling for heightened security after a German woman was reportedly bound and raped in a park overnight. The tourist was allegedly robbed and bound before being raped in the Villa Borghese park just north of the Italian capital s centre, CBS news reports2. In the same 24 hours, police in Catania said they arrested a man accused of raping a doctor to whom he had gone for medical help.
News of the overnight attacks comes following a spate of reported rapes around the country, prompting the capital s mayor, Virginia Raggi, to call the past month a black September for Italy . Ms Raggi called for increased police patrols and video surveillance in Rome. The mayor, who belongs to the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, also called for special laws to be put in place, but did not elaborate further.
The attacks follow a case in Florence where two American students said they were sexually assaulted by two Carabinieri officers3 after the police offered them a ride home from a disco in their patrol car. Both police officers involved have been suspended as an investigation into the allegations continues. In August, a Polish tourist alleged she was gang raped and her partner was brutally beaten in an attack on a beach in Rimini4, a popular tourist destination.
Nicola Zingaretti, the president of the wider Lazio region, said on Tuesday: This further rape should not leave us speechless.
First of all, ensure justice, he wrote on Twitter .
Together, we raise our voices against violence against women.