Stephen Paddock, who rained bullets and terror down on Las Vegas concertgoers at a Jason Aldean concert, had an arsenal in his 32nd-floor hotel room and at his home 80 miles away, officials said.
In the hours after the retired accountant committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history — killing 59 and wounding at least 527 — authorities rolled out frightening new details, including the discovery of scopes on rifles at the resort and explosives at his home.
But what they couldn’t explain is why the man who has never faced any notable criminal charges did it. There was no known motive late Monday.
Even Paddock’s brother had no answers.
“We’re still just completely befuddled. Dumbstruck,” Eric Paddock said in Orlando, Florida.
The search continues
A team of six officers spoke with security at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where Paddock was staying, and searched the hotel floor-by-floor Sunday night before they encountered him, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.
Paddock, 64, shot through the doorway, firing at officers, Lombardo said. A SWAT team broke down the door to the hotel room. “We believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry,” the sheriff said.
Lombardo said 16 rifles and a handgun were found in the room. Several of the rifles had scopes of them. Authorities found 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition in Paddock’s Mesquite, Nevada, home. The gunman apparently had smashed out two windows to increase his range of targets.
The sheriff said a SWAT team was standing by at a house in northern Nevada. A law enforcement official confirmed the FBI is present in Reno.
Sandra Casey, a special education teacher in Manhattan Beach, California, was killed, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District said. “We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students,” school board President Jennifer Cochran said.
Sonny Melton also was identified as among the dead. His employer, Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, said Melton was a registered nurse. His wife survived the shooting.
Police had no prior knowledge of the gunman before the attack, Lombardo said. “I don’t know how it could have been prevented,” he said.
Paddock bought multiple firearms in the past, but investigators believe the firearms were purchased legally, a law enforcement official said. The official said initial reports suggest at least one rifle was…