Stephen Paddock has been identified as the gunman who opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, leaving at least 59 people dead and 527 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history,
Stephen Craig Paddock, the retired accountant who smuggled an armory’s worth of weapons into a swank Las Vegas hotel and mowed down concert-goers from a 32nd story window, was a high-stakes gambler whose bank-robber father was once on the FBI’s most wanted list.
This story is still developing and not much is known about Stephen Paddock so far. Here is what we do know about him and what we know about the shooting:
1. Stephen Paddock Had 16 Guns Inside His Hotel Room & Fatally Shot Himself Before Police Found Him
Police said the shooter is a “local individual” who was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel just outside the concert area. He died inside the hotel room after a police SWAT team used an explosive breach to blow open the door and then engaged with him. Police said they believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound before officers arrived in the room.
2. Police Were Looking for a ‘Companion’ of the Gunman & Located Her Outside the Country
Police were looking for a “person of interest,” a 4’11” Asian woman named Marilou Danley. She was described as a “companion” of the shooter. A photo of her can be seen above.
3. Paddock Gambled More Than $10,000 a Day, Had a Pilot’s License & Once Worked for a Defense Contractor
According to NBC News, Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day, and at times reached levels of $20,000 to $30,000 per day, at Las Vegas casinos. A source gave that information to NBC News based on Multiple Currency Transaction Reports. “According to a U.S. statute, a CTR is a Treasury- and IRS-mandated report that casinos have to file when ‘each transaction in currency involving cash-in and cash-out of more than $10,000 in a gaming day,’” NBC reports. The news network said it is not clear if the transactions reported by Paddock were losses or wins.
4. His Brother Says the Family Is ‘Dumbfounded’ by What Happened & Says the Shooter, Who Had No Religious or Political Affiliation, ‘Must Have Snapped
His brother told Connor there were no warning signs. He said he was “just a guy” who lived in Mesquite and went to shows in Las Vegas and gambled there. The brother said he had a girlfriend and was semi-retired after having a series of jobs he would not get into.
Eric Paddock, the gunman’s brother, told the Daily Mail that the family is “dumbfounded” and said there was “absolutely no indication he could do something like this.” He added that Stephen Paddock had no political or religious affiliation.
5. The Gunman Fired Dozens of Shots, Forcing Singer Jason Aldean Off the Stage & Concertgoers Racing to the Exits
About 22,000 fans were in the fairgrounds area, where there were multiple stages and other areas set up for the festival, according to The Associated Press. Concertgoer Kodiak Yazzi, 36, told the AP that the music stopped temporarily after a sound that was like a firecracker. It then started up again before another round of pops sent performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage, while panicked fans also rushed for the exits. Yazzi told the AP he took cover and saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower above the concert. He said the bursts would start and stop for about five minutes.
The concert festival was in its third day. The festival’s website showed that performers Sunday night included Jake Owen and Luke Combs, along with Jason Aldean, who was set to take the stage about 9:40 p.m.