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Stephen Paddock, 64, is the man suspected of killing at least 58 people and injuring at least 515 in Las Vegas on Sunday night in what is now believed to be the worst mass shooting in US history, police said today.
According to police, the shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at a large crowd of more than 20,000 concertgoers across the street attending the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Witnesses described the shooting as “nonstop gunfire,” suggesting the use of automatic or semi-automatic weapons.
Police responded to the scene Sunday night and breached the suspect’s hotel room and found that he had killed himself. Officials said they believe the shooter acted alone. Police said more than 10 rifles were found in Paddock’s hotel room at Mandalay Bay.
Police had been seeking to question the suspect’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, who appears to have lived with Paddock in Mesquite, Nev., about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, but authorities do not believe she was involved in the shooting as she was located out of the country.
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The motive for the shooting remains unclear. Police said Paddock had no criminal history, save a minor citation, and officials have not uncovered any connections between the suspect and any foreign terrorist groups. He appears to have worked as an accountant or auditor and was at one point employed by a company that later become Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors.
“Stephen Paddock worked for a predecessor company of Lockheed Martin from 1985 until 1988,” the company tells ABC in a statement. “We’re cooperating with authorities to answer questions they may have about Mr. Paddock and his time with the company.”
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