Now that sun has come up in Las Vegas, Nev., photos circulating on the internet show two windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel where shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, allegedly hunkered down before opening fire on a crowd of thousands of people attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters early Monday that police believe Paddock set up platforms in the room from which to shoot and “used a device similar to a hammer” to smash the windows.
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— Joel Angel Juárez (@jajuarezphoto) October 2, 2017
Photo shows two broken windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where a gunman fired down on a music festival crowd of 22,000 pic.twitter.com/XGlzNKSwv8
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 2, 2017
The Las Vegas shooter broke out two windows in his Mandalay Bay 32nd floor room to set up shooting platform. pic.twitter.com/DhNNehOT2v
— Joey Sulipeck FOX13 (@joeysulipeck) October 2, 2017
It is not clear at this time exactly how long Paddock had allegedly planned this mass shooting or what could have motivated it. Nor is it known how he may have managed to carry in the weapons authorities say he brought to the hotel — at least 10 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition — while remaining undetected. Police say Paddock killed himself before they got into the hotel room.
— Jessica Dill (@JessicaLynnDill) October 2, 2017
President Trump called the massacre an act of “pure evil” Monday morning.
More than 50 people were killed, and more than 500 were taken to hospitals.