Police investigators continue to probe for clues surrounding the largest mass shooting in U.S. history that occurred Sunday night on the Las Vegas strip, just one block away from the Mandalay Bay Hotel where the identified gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, fired rounds of bullets from his 32nd floor hotel room into a crowded country music outdoor festival using a high powered gun, killing 59 concertgoers and injuring over 500.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police breached the gunman’s hotel room on Sunday night shortly after the killing spree occurred at approximately 10:08 p.m. and found Stephen Paddock dead alongside a large cache of weapons he had accumulated which includes 23 guns.
In a released a statement, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police reported on Monday that they have executed a search warrant of Stephen Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada to uncover more pertinent information and evidence about the shooter’s motives.
Thus far, police investigators have uncovered another 19 firearms inside Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada.
During a Monday evening press briefing, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo said that they believe Stephen Paddock was solely responsible for the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas and there is no evidence to support the view that more than one shooter was involved in the killing spree.
“We are aware of the rumors outside of the media and also on social media that there was more than one assailant. We have no information or evidence to support that theory or that rumor. We believe there was only one shooter and that was Stephen Paddock” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo.
On Monday President Trump tweeted, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
Later, President Trump called the Las Vegas shooting “an act of pure evil” and said that on Wednesday morning he is flying to Las Vegas to meet with the governor, the mayor of Las Vegas, and police which occurs after he travels to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
In a White House press briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was questioned about whether President Trump believes that there should be some policy discussion about the gun debate connected to America’s largest mass shooting.
Press Secretary Sanders responded by stating that there will be time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment.
“The President has been clear that he’s a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I don’t have anything further at this point” Sanders said.
Nevada is one of the least restrictive states for buying and owning guns in the U.S.
There is no permit required to purchase a gun in Nevada, nor is there a state requirement to get a license or register a firearm.
Semi-automatic assault style weapons are permitted in Nevada as long as they are in compliance with federal laws.
“It is lawful to possess, purchase or sell a machine gun or silencer that is legally registered and possessed in compliance with all federal laws and regulations” according to the NRA-ILA.
Despite Nevada’s lax approach towards owning guns, the shooter of America’s largest mass killing on Sunday night didn’t fit the prototype of past deadly shooters and had no military past, ties to terrorist groups, or mental health issues that are more commonly uncovered in the shooter’s background.
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