Police were trying to piece together information about the assailant in the Las Vegas massacre on Tuesday as authorities scoured the suspected shooter’s home for clues on what may have sparked the deadly rampage.
Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Mesquite, Nevada, is accused by police of opening fire on the crowd at a music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday night, killing at least 59 people and injuring at least 527 others in what is the worst mass shooting in American history.
Terrified country music fans ducked and ran, while some sprang into action as the shooter launched a barrage of gunfire on a crowd concertgoers during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.
Family and friends took to social media to honor loved ones who were killed in the attack and, in a few cases, search frantically for news about relatives who had still not returned home.
Meanwhile, the motive behind the shooting remains unclear.
The Las Vegas Police Department said authorities responded to a room on the 32nd floor of the hotel, where Paddock was found dead. Police said they believe Paddock killed himself prior to police entry.
Todd Fasulo, assistant sheriff for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said detectives were working to piece together the suspect’s movements “in chronological order” and will release that information when they can confirm its accuracy.
“Our homicide detectives are working around the clock to process the scene as soon as the possibly can,” Fasulo said at a press briefing late Monday night. “We’re hunting down and tracing down every single clue that we can get in his background.”
Paddock is believed to have been solely responsible for the attack, according to Fasulo, who…