Portrait emerging of Las Vegas shooter as man 'descending into madness'


Police say Paddock gunned down 58 people from a perch high up in Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Sunday night, which is now the deadliest shooting in modern US history.

News first reported the wire transfer, citing "multiple senior law enforcement officials", and CNN later confirmed it with another official.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department seemed doubtful that 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock moved the guns into his luxury hotel suite by himself. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. This is in addition to 23 weapons found in Paddock's hotel room in Las Vegas, and five found at his home near Reno.

Investigators believe Paddock meant to survive the massacre, Las Vegas police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

Police in Las Vegas now believe that the man who carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history on Sunday had an escape plan and they are not ruling out possible accomplices.

Police named Australian citizen Danley - who it is understood hasn't lived in Australia for 20 years - as a person of interest shortly after the shooting amid reports Paddock used Danley's ID before the killing.

Pictures obtained by ABC News show several rifles in the room, and partly visible is a body on the floor believed to be Paddock.

She explained that Paddock had purchased a "cheap ticket" to her home country of the Philippines, telling her he wanted her to go visit her family.

According to Heavy, Paddock had no prior criminal record, just a traffic ticket, but he had sued a casino in 2012.

The workers behind the counter at the Starbucks inside the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nev., winced whenever Stephen Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, lined up for their usual beverages. NBC says that Danley traveled to the Philippines on September 25 via Hong Kong.

Political leaders around the world have condemned the massacre, with US President, Donald Trump calling the incident "an act of pur evil". "That's the one in this one, and we are not there yet", FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said.

Paddock was not known to have served in the military, or to have suffered from a history of mental illness or to have registered any inkling of social disaffection, political discontent or radical views on social media.