Stephen Paddock left a trail of death, destruction, and, more importantly, questions as to why he would commit such an atrocity. These questions may not be getting answered as of now, but those leading the investigation of the shooting that left 58 dead and an estimated 1,000 people injured released never-before-seen photos of the inside of Paddock’s high-rise hotel room.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo released a preliminary report to the public that showed hundreds of bullet casings in Paddock’s Las Vegas hotel. The images released showed 23 recovered guns littered throughout the hotel room.
Twelve of those rifles had “bump stock” devices that made it easier for Paddock to fire in rapid succession. The already leaked image of the 64-year-old gunman’s body lying lifeless on the floor from a self-inflicted gunshot wound was also included in the report.
Paddock’s sniper nest from which he rained down bullets upon innocent people at the Route 91 music festival also showed the windows he fired from.
Photos show that Paddock had a smaller conjoining room that he used as a second vantage point.
That room had five to six guns laying on the two beds, which were all within Paddock’s reach. Sheriff Lombardo also indicated in his report that Paddock fired an estimated 1,100 bullets.
During the investigation, law enforcement found recent search history on Paddock’s computer that showed he looked up what a SWAT team response would entail. Child pornography was also found on his devices, according to the Daily Mail.
Paddock had set up two cameras that live-streamed back to his room to notify him when law enforcement arrived. One of the cameras was tucked under a dinner plate on a food service cart in the hall adjacent to his room.
His second camera was looking into the peephole in the door. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, they were shot by Paddock. The door was left bullet-riddled.
Near his array of bullets and guns, investigators found a piece of paper that had Paddock’s handwriting on it. The paper showed math he had calculated to compensate for bullet drop and trajectory.
We may not have the answers we all yearn for yet, but these photos detail a man who was demented and calculated, taking innocent lives before killing himself. The motive behind the shooting may never be known.