Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Las Vegas shooting

Emmett Rice
January 22, 2018

Meanwhile, all 22,000 people attending the festival that night are recognized as victims.

Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting and had previously been sought as a person of interest, but has since spoken with authorities.

But Lombardo said the FBI has "an ongoing case against an individual of federal interest". When they stayed in room 60-235, "Paddock was constantly looking out the windows of the room that overlooked the venue". He moved from window to window to see the site from different angles, the report said.

Paddock, who killed himself before police reached him, told friends and relatives that he always felt ill, in pain and worn out, authorities said.

Police found "several hundred images" of child pornography on the four laptops recovered from Paddock's room, and his "disturbing" search history indicated that he had been looking for the flawless location to conduct his rampage for at least several months.

It also said Paddock's primary care doctor described him as odd with little emotion, and said he may have been bipolar, but Paddock would not discuss it and refused antidepressants. His brother was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after the mass shooting.

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The 64-year-old retired accountant was a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor. He had paid off all his gambling debts before the shooting. His searches included "summer concerts 2017", "biggest open-air concert venues in United States of America", "how crowded does Santa Monica Beach get", "How tall is Mandalay Bay", "life is handsome expected attendance" and "do police use explosives", among other phrases.

Google search history in an HP laptop showed Paddock researched other large-scale venues, including locations in Boston, Los Angeles and San Diego, the report said.

The Las Vegas Police Department broke its own protocol Friday by releasing a preliminary report of the country's deadliest mass shooting.

In an afternoon press conference, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock, who killed himself after his 10-minute shooting spree, had an "extensive search history of ballistic and SWAT tactics".

"But even more troubling than that, I've been made aware of what I believe to be credible evidence, credible information, regarding terrorist infiltration through the southern border regarding this incident", he said.

Ten days later, the Las Vegas murderer also searched for "swat weapons", "ballistics chart 308", "SWAT Las Vegas", "ballistic", and "do police use explosives".

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