- Daily Mail/Business Insider
Investigators probing the deadly shooting rampage that unfolded on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night say that a piece of paper found in the gunman’s hotel suite is not a suicide note.
Still, there has been much speculation about what may have been on that paper. Police so far have not commented on that detail.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a news conference on Wednesday night that there was evidence to suggest that the gunman, Stephen Paddock, had planned to get out of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino alive, but Lombardo did not elaborate further.
Lombardo, however, did say that Paddock had planned extensively for the shooting – those plans included keeping a vehicle at the hotel filled with explosive material and 1,600 rounds of ammunition, Lombardo said. He also suggested the cameras Paddock set up inside and outside his hotel room were an indication that he wanted to keep eyes on the hallway, perhaps to fend off approaching officers.
Paddock fired multiple rounds through his room door and into the hallway as a security guard identified as Jesus Campos approached, wounding Campos in the leg. The gunman killed himself as more police descended on his room.
Investigators have not publicly said what motivated Paddock to carry out the rampage, which is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Fifty-eight people were killed, and hundreds more were injured.