The man suspected of gunning down 59 people from a perch high up in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino had cameras set up inside and outside of his hotel room, authorities said today.
“I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said today. Sources told ABC News the suspect utilized at least one camera outside the room possibly to monitor approaching police. Lombardo said there was a camera on a service cart in the hallway.
“FBI took all digital and electronic evidence into custody,” Lombardo added.
Police said Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing at least 59 people and injuring 530 others.
The gunfire sent more than 22,000 country music fans attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival across the street from Mandalay Bay scrambling for their lives. Some hid, some ran and others sprang into action, aiding the injured and helping people to safety.
Jason Aldean was the headliner of Sunday night’s concert; video showed him rushing off the stage amid the gunfire.
Lombardo said today, “We received the call at 10:08 p.m. The best of our estimates… he continued to fire … for approximately nine minutes.”
The Las Vegas Police Department said authorities responded to a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, where Paddock was found dead. Authorities said they believe Paddock killed himself prior to police entry.
As the nation mourns what has become the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, authorities are working to piece together information about the suspected shooter for clues on what may have sparked the rampage.
The motive behind the shooting remains unclear. “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath,” Lombardo said at a news conference Monday.
Paddock is believed to have been solely responsible for the attack, according to police.
Lombardo said authorities are reviewing police body cameras.
“This individual was premeditated,” Lombardo said today. “I’m sure he evaluated everything he did in his actions, which is troublesome.”
“The world has changed. And, you know, who would have ever imagine this situation,” Lombardo said. “I couldn’t imagine it. And for this individual to take it upon himself to create this chaos and harm is unspeakable.”
‘How I did not get shot … I don’t know’
Jasmine Barbusca, a mother of two, told ABC News, “All you heard were just gunshots. And every time the gunshots would come down, you just start getting to the ground. And when they would stop, you get up and you just try to climb the fence again. We finally made it over. We were running through the parking lot; everybody just ran through the streets.”
She said she was thinking, “‘I got to get out, I’m going to be dead in five seconds.'”
“There were men going over their wives, their girlfriends, to block them,” she recalled. “Unfortunately, those men got shot, but I mean, there were lives saved.”
Barbusca said she saw one man as he helped many women climb the fence to escape.
“I don’t know who the man was, but there was a man who probably saved a good 20 women’s lives. He was really brave,” she said.
SOURCE: EMILY SHAPIRO and KARMA ALLEN
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