Authorities have found a level of meticulous pre-planning ahead of the deadly attack in Las Vegas on Sunday night, according to the Associated Press.
Shooting suspect Stephen Paddock transferred $100,000 overseas and set up cameras both inside the high-rise hotel room at the Mandalay Bay and on a service cart outside his door to be able spot anyone coming for him, authorities said Tuesday.
Police say that after the shooting rampage that left 59 people dead and over 400 injured, Paddock then took his own life as officers closed in on his perch on the 32d floor of the hotel.
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As investigators search for a motive in the deadliest shooting massacre in modern U.S. history, they are continuing to focus on Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, who was out the country at the time of the shooting and in the Philippines on Tuesday.
“We anticipate some information from her shortly,” Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said, the AP reported. Lombardo added that he is “absolutely” confident authorities will find out what set off.
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The high-stakes gambler transferred $100,000 to the Philippines in the days before the shooting, an U.S. official briefed by law enforcement anonymously told the AP.
Along with the stock pile of weaponry used, the cameras shows premeditation before the killings.
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“I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” Lombardo said. “The fact that he had the type of weaponry and amount of weaponry in that room, it was preplanned extensively, and I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did and his actions, which is troublesome.”
“This investigation is not ended with the demise of Mr. Paddock,” he stressed. “Did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us? And we want to identify that source.”