'I'm going to die': fear grips Vegas strip; gunman kills 59

Lester Mason
October 3, 2017

The 64-year-old gunman killed himself in the hotel room before authorities arrived.

Las Vegas casino records suggest that Stephen Paddock might have won tens of thousands of dollars in the weeks before he fired hundreds of rifle shots from a 32nd-story hotel window at a throng of country music fans below, a casino executive and a federal law enforcement official said Monday.

Lombardo said that 16 weapons were found in Paddock's hotel room, where he had been staying since September 28.

"Honestly I probably pronounced 15-20 people" dead, he told Fox News.

An FBI poster described the elder Paddock as being "diagnosed as psychopathic" with "reportedly suicidal tendencies" who "has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies". Eric Paddock, the brother of the shooter, says he can't understand what happened and that he is dumbfounded.

Police said 23 guns were found in Paddock's suite, along with more than 10 suitcases.

His brother, Eric, described Stephen Paddock as financially well-off and an avid enthusiast of video poker games and cruises. "It's like an asteroid fell out of the sky".

"He talked about how he just moved closer to where we are", Chris Michel, owner of Dixie GunWorx, in St. George, Utah said of Paddock.

"I didn't hear any sound of opening fire, but I ran with other people".

Lombardo said the authorities had found no manifesto or anything else to explain Paddock´s actions.

Paddock lived in a modest home in nearby Mesquite, Nevada, but had earlier lived in a town of the same name outside Dallas. Gun stocks often spike following mass shootings on fears of stricter gun control.

Sullivan, who said his store is cooperating with investigators, said he and his employees "mourn for this tragedy" and offer their prayers to the victims and their families.

"Some people rushed to help the wounded, plugging bullet holes with their fingers..."

The presidential spokeswoman got choked up as she talked about selfless heroes who took action in the face of danger
The presidential spokeswoman got choked up as she talked about selfless heroes who took action in the face of danger

In a separate location searched by authorities, tannerite, an explosive used in target practice, was found, sources said.

The shooting has prompted renewed calls from Democrats for tighter gun laws, though it is unlikely the Republican-controlled Congress will take up such measures.

He and other local officials praised first responders, saying they saved scores of lives.

Easier to recall is how concertgoers making their way to the outdoor festival were bathed in the glow of that sign across the street.

Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, posted a statement on Twitter about his reaction to the shooting. "It just kept coming, it was relentless", she added. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there's nothing we can do about that.

The back of his shirt bore footmarks from people who ran over him in panic.

Lombardo said a search of the suspect's auto turned up a supply of ammonium nitrate, a fertiliser compound that can be formed into explosives and was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of a federal office building that killed 168 people. "People were trying to save their friends". There were gunshots everywhere. "Helping them would've meant that we got shot too". The same phenomenon occurred after the San Bernardino, California shooting in late 2015, which left 14 dead.

"Two people, I know for sure, had been trampled (in the rush to escape)".

Eventually, she said, she was told to take shelter in the Tropicana Hotel. There's nothing to check to see if this person has some type of anger history, mental history, is emotionally dysfunctional, or a loner. I didn't know he had that vantage point and seeing all those corpses around me in every tiny spot of cover.

Heather Gulish Melton said that her husband, Sonny Melton of Paris, Tennessee, was among the 50 killed Sunday night in the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

She says in a statement that "he saved my life and lost his".

A nurse, Sonny Melton, of Big Sandy, Tennessee, has been named as another victim by The Jackson Sun newspaper.

Witnesses told how Paddock opened fire with an initial long burst, and then appeared to reload as he continued his spree.

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