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Stymied Police Seek Help in Uncovering Vegas Gunman's Motive

09 October 2017

Stephen Paddock, the gunman in the Las Vegas massacre, booked two rooms in the Blackstone Hotel overlooking Lollapalooza, according to TMZ. Besides the casualties, a total of 489 people were injured in the attack and 317 have been released from hospitals.

"I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred", Danley, 62, said in a statement read out by her attorney Matthew Lombard to reporters.

Investigators also say there is indication Paddock had planned to survive and escape, but didn't elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.

In the days after the Las Vegas mass shooting, more questions and speculations have been raised by investigators on the case.

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"What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood", Sherriff Lombardo said. Almost 20 of those weapons were in the Mandalay Bay resort hotel room where he opened fire into a crowd of more than 22,000 people.

Authorities are also scrutinizing cruises Stephen Paddock took and trying to find some meaning behind a note with numbers written on it that was left in his hotel room.

"He sent her away so that he can plan what he is planning without interruptions", the sister said.

The keycard used to open the hotel room door also appears to have been used when Paddock's auto had left the casino carpark.

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"Anything I can do to help ease suffering and help in any way, I will do", she said.

Law enforcement says Paddock had stockpiled 47 guns since 1982 and bought 33 of them over the past year alone. "You've got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point", Lombardo said. They do not believe it was a manifest or a suicide note, according to Mr Lombardo.

No motive has yet been found for the killing, however Paddock is confirmed to have been taking an anti-anxiety medication Valium at the time of the attack.

In total, 47 firearms were recovered from Paddock's hotel suite, his home in Mesquite, and another property associated with him in Reno, Nevada.

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Stymied Police Seek Help in Uncovering Vegas Gunman's Motive