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The Latest on the Las Vegas Shooting: Officials Update Number of Firearms Found

The Latest on the Las Vegas Shooting: Officials Update Number of Firearms Found

October 02, 2017 11:57 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two officials familiar with investigation say Las Vegas shooter had at least 17 guns in hotel room .

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7:15 p.m.
    
Investigators have updated the number of firearms they found in the hotel room and home of the Las Vegas shooter.
    
Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo says officers have found 23 firearms in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of Stephen Craig Paddock and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.
    
Fasulo stresses that investigators believe Paddock was the sole shooter.
    
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7 p.m.
    
Religious leaders, elected officials and mourners have gathered at multiple prayer vigils in Las Vegas.
    
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman spoke to mourners in the setting sun Monday evening outside the downtown City Hall.
    
Several faith leaders led the group in prayer. The crowd later joined in song and held candles.
    
Several miles away at a cathedral off the Las Vegas Strip, mourners and casino workers gathered to honor the victims and first responders.
    
The vigils were among a number of memorials being held around the city.

    
4:05 p.m.
    
Concertgoer Anna Kupchyan says a man she only knows as Zach helped save her and about nine other people from being shot in Las Vegas by shepherding them into an outdoor trailer that served as a bathroom with various stalls.
    
Kupchyan had traveled from Los Angeles for the concert and was with fans desperately trying to find a way out of the venue when the man told them to get inside.
    
She said Monday that those inside the trailer heard the shooter fire one round after another and stop occasionally, apparently to reload or switch guns.
    
A man outside the trailer later ordered them out and told them to flee.
    
She says she saw bodies sprawled outside, including a man who had been shot in the head.
    
She got into a taxi with a friend and met two women who let them stay in their hotel room until the danger was over.
    
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3:55 p.m.
    
The sister of a suburban Denver police detective says he was among the 527 people injured in the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
    
Detective Curtis Leoni called his family around 5 a.m. Monday and said he had been shot late Sunday and would survive.
    
The Englewood, Colorado, officer's sister said her brother was at the concert on his own time.
    
Leoni's sister spoke anonymously because she is a corrections officer in Colorado and did not want inmates to know about her personal life.
    
Leoni told his sister he did not know when he will be released from the hospital.
    
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3:45 p.m.
    
People attending the country music concert targeted by the Las Vegas shooter have described scenes of horror as they realized what they first thought were fireworks were actually gunshots.
    
Jason Sorenson of Newport Beach, California, says he realized something was wrong when musicians left the stage.
    
He ran and says "we saw people with blood all over their shirts."
    
Brandon Clack of La Palma, California, said Monday he heard many shots fired and the shooting that "went on for a long time, like 10 minutes."
    
Concertgoers fled into casinos and crammed into cars to get away from the shooting.
    
Barbara Magro of Orange County, California, says "they were getting into people's trucks. I saw one with about 20 people in the back."
    
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3:40 p.m.
    
Nevada's governor has signed a declaration of emergency for Clark County that directs all state agencies to assist local officials who have responded to the Las Vegas mass shooting.
    
Gov. Brian Sandoval's spokeswoman Mari St. Martin says the governor also signed a public health disaster declaration Monday that temporarily allows doctors and nurses licensed from other U.S. states to practice in Nevada and help with the emergency response.
    
Authorities have said Stephen Craig Paddock killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more when he opened fire Sunday on an outdoor country music concert from a 32nd floor hotel tower.
    
Officials have said the victims were taken to five southern Nevada
    
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3:35 p.m.
    
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, was found in the car of the man who authorities say killed 59 people and wounded 527 others on Sunday by firing down on a crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival.
    
Lombardo also says investigators still want to talk the girlfriend of shooter Stephen Craig Paddock. He says she will be interviewed when she returns from an overseas trip. Lombardo says she's in Tokyo.
    
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3:20 p.m.
    
Google and Facebook say they erroneously promoted websites that gave incorrect first and last names for the suspect in a deadly Las Vegas mass shooting before replacing them.
    
Erroneous posts linked on both services falsely identified the shooter.
    
Police have identified the shooter as Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.
    
Google said in a statement that a link to the "Politically Incorrect" message board on 4chan.org appeared for several hours in its "Top Stories" search results before its search algorithm replaced it with more relevant results. The 4chan result only appeared "for a small number of queries," Google said.
    
Facebook said its security team removed results from the conservative political website "The Gateway Pundit" and other similar posts.
    
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3:10 p.m.
    
The owner of a gun shop in Mesquite, Nevada, says the Las Vegas shooter bought firearms there and never gave any indication that he might have been unstable.
    
Guns & Guitars general manager Christopher Sullivan said in a statement Monday that 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock showed no signs of being unfit to buy guns.
    
Store spokesman Shawn Vincent declined comment on how many guns Paddock bought and said those details could only be shared with authorities.
    
Sullivan says all necessary background checks and procedures were followed under local, state and federal laws and that he's cooperating fully with law enforcement.
    
Paddock lived in a house in a retirement community in the small city of Mesquite.
    
A Utah gun store owner has said Paddock visited his shop about a 40-minute drive from Mesquite and purchased a shotgun.
    
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3:05 p.m.
    
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says 59 people have been killed and 527 injured in a mass shooting Sunday night at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas.
    
Lombardo also says investigators found 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition in the home of suspected shooter Stephen Craig Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada.
    
The incident was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
    
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2:35 p.m.
    
Big U.S. airlines are allowing passengers to change their plans for flights to or from Las Vegas without facing penalties following the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
    
American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines said Monday that they are offering waivers through Tuesday. A waiver from United Airlines lasts through Friday.
    
The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs released a statement Monday offering condolences to the victims of the shooting at a country music festival.
    
The statement says: "We know that Las Vegas will shine again, but for now we mourn the tragedy it has endured in this dark time."
    
The department says it is offering support to local businesses that rely on tourism.
    
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For complete coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, click here: -https://apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting.
    
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2:25 p.m.
    
Two officials familiar with the investigation say authorities found at least 17 guns in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter.
    
Stephen Paddock also had two devices that are attached to the stocks of semi-automatic guns to allow fully automatic gunfire. The bump-stock devices have attracted scrutiny in recent years from authorities.
    
The U.S. officials were briefed by law enforcement and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
    
Paddock killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more in the massacre that targeted a country music concert.
 

2:20 p.m.
    
The owner of a Utah gun store says the Las Vegas shooter visited the store several times this year and bought a shotgun after passing a federal gun background check.
    
Dixie GunWorx owner Chris Michel says Stephen Craig Paddock said that he was new to the area and was visiting local gun shops.
    
Paddock bought the shotgun in February and last visited the store in St. George, Utah, in the spring. It's a 40-minute drive from where Paddock lived in Mesquite, Nevada.
    
Michel says he chatted with Paddock to get to know him and make sure there were no signs that he should not be allowed to buy a gun.
    
Michel says: "There were no red flags."
    
He added: "I had no idea he would be capable of this."
    
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2:05 p.m.
    
Officials are still loading bodies into vans to remove them from the scene of the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 58 people.
    
The work continued more than 12 hours after a gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of thousands of people at a country music concert.
    
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has said the hundreds of people who were wounded were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals.
    
Police have warned that identifying bodies from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will be a long, laborious process.
    
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1:55 p.m.
    
The brother of the shooter in the mass Las Vegas shooting says Stephen Craig Paddock was a big spender at casinos and often received free rooms and meals from the casinos.
    
Eric Paddock told reporters Monday his brother never showed signs that he could be violent and owned several guns but never collected firearms.
    
He described the wealth of his multimillionaire brother as substantial, said it included real estate and that he managed property for relatives.
    
Eric Paddock also described his brother as different than other people: "He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled."
    
He says Stephen Craig Paddock did not care about religion or politics.
    
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1:25 p.m.
    
A brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock says he was a multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate.
    
Eric Paddock told reporters Monday in Orlando that his brother was also an accountant for many years.
    
He was not aware of his brother having any recent financial difficulties.
    
Stephen Craig Paddock recently sent a walker by mail to his 90-year-old mother.
    
The brother says the shooter collected coins when he was a child.
    
Police have said the suspect killed at least 58 people in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
    
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12:45 p.m.
    
The father of suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Craig Paddock operated an Oregon bingo parlor after escaping from a Texas prison in the late 1960s.
    
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was put on the FBI most wanted list after the escape.
    
An Oregon Supreme Court opinion from 1981 says FBI agents him on Sept. 6, 1978, at the Bingo Center in the small city of Springfield. He went by different names and was identified by the court as Patrick Benjamin Paddock.
    
Despite the escape, Paddock was paroled the following year and returned to Oregon. He continued the bingo operation until authorities shut it down in 1987 and charged him with racketeering.
    
Don Bishoff, a columnist for The Register-Guard of Eugene, wrote in 1998 that Paddock pleaded no contest to the charges, but he received no jail time. He wrote that Paddock spent the last decade of his life in Texas.
    
The columnist described Paddock as one of the Eugene-Springfield area's "most colorful rogues." Paddock was also known as Bruce Ericksen.
    
Police say his oldest son killed at least 58 people in Las Vegas in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More than 500 were wounded.
    
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12:40 p.m.
    
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas hockey team says its assistant coach was shot in the chest when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music show, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.
    
The Rebels men's ice hockey team said in a statement Monday that Nick Robone had surgery to remove a bullet from his chest.
    
General Manager Zee Khan says Robone is breathing with help from a ventilator and is in stable condition.
    
The team says the bullet missed Robone's lung, and he is expected to fully recover. The team says he will be hospitalized "for the near future."
    
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has said the hundreds of people who were wounded were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals.
    
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12:30 p.m.
    
A bell tolled three times as a solemn President Donald Trump paused on the White House South Lawn for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.
    
Flanked by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, Trump walked out onto the lawn for the memorial moment Monday afternoon.
    
The White House's flag was at half-staff.
    
They were honoring the 58 people killed Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas.
    
Police say Stephen Craig Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower Sunday night when he fired into the Route 91 Harvest festival. More than 500 people were wounded.
    
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12:25 p.m.
    
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has raised her fist at the U.S. Capitol and said "the nation is counting on you" after the Las Vegas mass shooting.
    
Giffords, who was grievously wounded in 2011, and her husband, Mark Kelly, were at the Capitol on Monday. They say Congress must pass legislation to keep deadly weapons out of the wrong hands.
    
Kelly and Giffords had planned to campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, but instead they went to the Capitol to comment on the shooting.
    
Citing President Donald Trump, Kelly said "Americans need more than our president's prayers. We need his plans."
    
Kelly is calling for a commission to work on solutions to gun violence. He says it's the only acceptable moral course for the country.
    
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12:15 p.m.
    
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says the hundreds of people wounded in the Las Vegas mass shooting were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals.
    
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center says in a statement it received 14 patients who died and more than 160 who were injured.
    
The statement on Monday said the Las Vegas hospital's doctors performed about 30 surgeries and that police were still trying to notify relatives of the victims.
    
Hospital CEO Todd Sklamberg said most of the hospital's trauma team and staff worked through the night after the shooting that killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500.
    
Police have warned that identifying bodies from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will be a "long, laborious process."
    
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12:05 p.m.
    
The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "very shocked and alarmed" by the deadly attack in Las Vegas.
    
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday it was a horrific loss of life.
    
Haq said the secretary-general will be writing a condolence letter to the government of the United States to express sorrow at the large number of killings.
    
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12:01 p.m.
    
The father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock was described decades ago by the FBI as a "glib, smooth-talking" con man who enjoyed gambling, umpiring prison sports games and playing bridge.
    
Paddock was 7 and the oldest of four children when his father was arrested for a string of Phoenix bank robberies.
    
Neighbor Eva Price took the boy swimming while FBI agents searched the family home.
    
She told the Tucson Citizen at the time: "We're trying to keep Steve from knowing his father is held as a bank robber. I hardly know the family, but Steve is a nice boy. It's a terrible thing."
    
Paddock's father went by the nicknames "Big Daddy," ''Chromedome" and "Old Baldy."
    
Before the robberies, he served prison time in Illinois for stealing a car, engaging in a confidence game and conspiring to pass bad checks. He was in prison for the first three years of his oldest son's life.
    
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11:50 a.m.
    
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock's father was a notorious bank robber who tried to run down an FBI agent with his car in Las Vegas in 1960 and was on the agency's most wanted list after escaping from a federal prison in Texas in 1968.
    
Paddock was a teen when an FBI poster issued after the escape said his father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had been "diagnosed as psychopathic."
    
The FBI warning about the elder Paddock said he should be considered "armed and very dangerous." He had been serving a 20-year sentence for a string of Phoenix bank robberies.
    
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock died in 1998.
    
Stephen Paddock's brother, Eric, confirmed their father's identity in an interview Monday with The Orlando Sentinel.
    
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11:38 a.m.
    
Las Vegas police warn that identifying bodies from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will be a "long, laborious process."
    
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo also said Monday that investigators are continuing their collection of evidence and working to reunite people with relatives who were at the shooting site.
    
Police say Stephen Craig Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower Sunday night when he opened fire at concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest festival. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded.
    
Authorities have set up hotlines and centers to help people track down relatives.
    
Lombardo says he expects a convention center to be used for that because authorities need a large space.
    
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11:21 a.m.
    
A brother of the suspect in the worst U.S. mass shooting in the modern history says Stephen Craig Paddock was "not a normal guy" and frequently played high stakes video poker.
    
Eric Paddock in an interview in Orlando, Florida, says his 64-year-old brother once "texted me a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine."
    
He says his brother was "not a normal guy" and "played high stakes video poker."
    
Eric Paddock says last had contact with him via text messages in September.
    
He says his brother being named by authorities as the shooting suspect was "like if an asteroid fell out of the sky."
    
Authorities say Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers at an outdoor country-music show in Las Vegas on Sunday night, leaving 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded.
    
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11:12 a.m.
    
LOS ANGELES- Authorities say law enforcement members from across California are among those wounded in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
    
The Los Angeles Police Department says Monday that an off-duty officer who was shot in the leg is expected to recover.
    
LA County Sheriff's officials say two off-duty department employees were hit by gunfire Sunday. One was critically injured and the other is stable.
    
Orange County authorities say one off-duty sheriff's deputy and two wives of department employees sustained non-life-threatening wounds.
    
Bakersfield police say one of its off-duty officers wounded in the gunfire is expected to survive.
    
Police in Ontario say a 24-year-old officer who was wounded is stable. The officer's wife had minor injuries.
    
Sunday's shooting killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others.
    
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10:56 a.m.
    
Police in the Nevada resort town where the shooter in the worst U.S. mass shooting in recent history lived say his home was searched by investigators and that local officers never had contact with him while he was living there.
    
Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, lived in a three-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada.
    
Mesquite police officer Quinn Averett referred comment on what was found in Paddock's home to Las Vegas police investigating the shooting.
    
Mesquite is a city of about 18,000 people along the state line with Arizona.
    
Authorities are investigating why Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers at an outdoor country-music show in Las Vegas on Sunday night, leaving 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded.
    
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10:27 a.m.
    
Police from the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas say the suspect in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history lived there from 2004 to 2012.
    
Lt. Brian Parish says property records show Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, indicated he lived there during the period but that public records suggested he may have lived in the suburb longer.
    
Parrish said Monday that Paddock owned at least three rental properties.
    
Parrish also says Mesquite police have found no indications that officers had contact with Paddock.
    
Nevada police have said Parrish was most recently living in that state's city of Mesquite near the state line with Arizona.
    
Investigators searched the Nevada home. Officers in Mesquite, Nevada, also have said they had no contact with Paddock before the shooting.
    
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10:11 a.m.
    
Authorities say they're no longer looking for the woman who police believe was a companion to the gunman in the Las Vegas country music festival shooting that killed at least 58 people.
    
Police initially said that the 62-year-old woman was shooter Stephen Craig Paddock's roommate in Mesquite, Nevada.
    
Police now say they've located her and determined she wasn't involved in the mass shooting, as she has been out of the country.
    
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says investigators will speak with her upon her return but that they are no longer actively searching for her.
    
Police say Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower Sunday night when he opened fire onto concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest festival, wounding more than 500 others
    
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9:58 a.m.
    
The wife of a Tennessee man killed by the Las Vegas shooter says her husband died because he saved her from being shot.
    
Heather Gulish Melton told WZTV that her husband, Sonny Melton of Paris, Tennessee, was among the 50 killed Sunday night in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
    
She says in a statement to the Nashville station that "he saved my life and lost his."
    
Radio station WENK reports Melton was a registered nurse.
    
Jeremy Butler, who says he has been best friends with Sonny Melton since he was 3, told the Paris (Tennessee) Post Intelligencer that Melton was shielding his wife from gunfire when he was fatally shot.
    
Butler said the couple got married about a year ago.
    
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9:10 a.m.
    
Authorities say a woman who was a companion of the Las Vegas shooter is considered a person of interest and is out of the country.
    
Sheriff Joe Lombardo didn't release further details Monday about the woman but said authorities would try to speak with her when she got back to the United States.
    
Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the shooting that killed 58 people at an outdoor country music concert but say they believe 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock acted alone.
    
He killed himself after carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
    
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This story has been corrected to show that this is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
    
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9 a.m.
    
Authorities in Nevada praised the response to a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert by police and health care workers.
    
Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a news conference Monday that he visited some of the victims in the hospital and that, "We're angry, we're grieving, we're confused, people are hurting."
    
Sandoval called the shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others Sunday night a cowardly, despicable act.
    
He and other local officials praised first responders, saying they saved scores of lives.
    
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8:50 a.m.
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