Las Vegas police say motive for shooting rampage still elusive

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo

In the months, weeks and days leading up to the October 1, 2017, shooting, Paddock searched online for open-air concert venues, Las Vegas SWAT tactics, weapons, explosives and the expected attendance for the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, according to a preliminary investigative report released by police today.

The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday he does not foresee charges being filed against the girlfriend of Paddock, but added that the FBI was investigating a person he would not identify.

Authorities say Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock conducted extensive online searches for police and SWAT tactics and searched for other potential targets, including the famed California beach in Santa Monica, before he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Paddock fired more than 1,100 bullets, mostly from two windows on the 32nd floor of the hotel, into a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival music below, Lombardo has said.

The shooter, Stephen Paddock, killed himself before police reached him and the sheriff said no criminal charges are being considered against Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

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When they stayed at the Mandalay Bay together in September 2017, Paddock acted strangely, she told investigators.

Cops revealed that they still had NOT identified any motive into the senseless slaughter on October 1 previous year - the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

The sheriff also did not say what charges the federal grand jury is considering. They believe Paddock meticulously prepared his plan to fire assault-style weapons from the Mandalay Bay into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

"The two were staying in room 60-235 and she observed Paddock constantly looking out the windows of the room which overlooked the Las Vegas Village venue", according to the report.

In addition to all the new info released on Paddock and the subsequent investigation of his crime, Sheriff Lombardo also briefly addressed the reports that the FBI have opened a investigation into a person of interest in the shooting.

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A report released by Las Vegas cops included shocking pictures showing rifles strewn across the two rooms occupied by Paddock. He moved from window to window to see the site from different angles, the report said.

On an HP laptop seized from one of his Mandalay Bay hotel rooms after the massacre, authorities found a web search from that Thursday in May for "La Jolla Beach", as well as evidence that he'd visited sandiego.org, the region's tourism website. (AAP) This is the vehicle Stephen Paddock had before the shooting, parked below the casino. "According to the report, Paddock's physician described him as "'odd" in behavior with "little emotion' shown".

Stephen Paddock adapted his semi-automatic weapons to fire as a fully automatic gun using a bump stock.

But he disclosed that the FBI is investigating an individual of federal interest related to the case. Authorities said they don't anticipate charges being brought against Danley, who has cooperated with investigators. The sheriff has expressed frustration about speculation and theories that have grown about the shooting and an investigation that he compared with solving a puzzle.

The investigation report officially confirms an October 4 story in the Review-Journal indicating that Paddock had been prescribed the anti-anxiety drug diazepam - often called Valium.

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Lombardo and Aaron Rouse, FBI specialist in control in Las Vegas, had portrayed Danley as a man of enthusiasm for the examination however not a suspect.

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