Timeline offers look at Vegas shooter’s moves, not a motive
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An 81-page police report made public Friday offers a glimpse at Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s internet searches and a timeline of his activities ahead of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
It provides a timeline but doesn’t say what drove Paddock to kill 58 people and injure 851 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1.
Police say they found Paddock shuttled between a rented downtown condominium with a view of one open-air music festival and the casino resort from which he unleashed carnage at a separate Las Vegas Strip concert venue.
Paddock also sent money during the week before the shooting to girlfriend Marilou Danley in the Philippines; switched hotel rooms; rolled more than a dozen suitcases into his Mandalay Bay suite; and bought a rifle and practiced shooting at a gun range near his home in Mesquite, Nevada.
Sept. 17, 2017: Paddock checks into rooms booked through Sept. 28 at The Ogden, a 21-story condominium with a view of the Life is Beautiful venue.
Sept 25: Paddock also checks into the Mandalay Bay resort, a high-rise with a scheduled check-out date of Oct. 2. A hotel employee helps him move five suitcases up the service elevators to his 32nd-floor room before Paddock returns home to Mesquite.
Sept. 26: Paddock in Mesquite completes a $50,000 wire transfer to an account in the Philippines, drives to The Ogden, gambles at the nearby El Cortez casino, goes back to The Ogden and then drives to the Mandalay Bay. A different hotel employee helps him up the service elevator with six suitcases. Paddock spends the evening gambling.
Sept. 27: Paddock tells a hotel host he wants a suite at the end of the hall and a connecting room. He is seen that evening in the valet area with two rolling suitcases. He goes back to The Ogden, and then drives to Mesquite.
Sept. 28: Paddock, in Mesquite, buys a .308 bolt-action rifle, deposits $14,000 into a bank account and wires another $50,000 to the Philippines, visits a Mesquite gun range and drives 90 miles back to the Mandalay Bay. He enters with two suitcases and a computer bag and gambles through the night.
Sept. 29: Paddock checks into the connecting Mandalay Bay room, rented under Danley’s name. He remains in the two rooms while they are cleaned by hotel staff. After 11 p.m., he orders room service.
Sept. 30: Paddock places a “do not disturb” sign on both Mandalay Bay rooms, travels twice to Mesquite, and rolls a total of six suitcases into the rooms. He declines housekeeping service and gambles for a couple of hours before driving home to Mesquite.
Oct. 1: Paddock returns to the Mandalay Bay, gambles for several hours, takes two rolling suitcases and a third bag to his room, moves his vehicle from self-park to valet and orders two room service entrees in Danley’s name.
9:18 p.m.: Security guard Jesus Campos is assigned to check an open door alarm at a room down the hall from Paddock. Campos comes up a stairwell minutes later to find a door to the 32nd floor locked or jammed. He goes back downstairs, uses elevators to return and finds a metal L-bracket bolted into the door and frame.
10:04 p.m., Campos uses a house phone to call maintenance about the L-bracket.
10:05 p.m.: Paddock fires two gunshots into the concert venue, then begins rapid-fire shooting. Police say bursts of gunfire continue for 11 minutes.
10:06 p.m.: Campos ends the phone call and reports hearing what he thinks is drilling noises; a police officer at the concert venue radios “shots fired ... sounded like an automatic firearm;” Paddock fires bullets out the suite door into the hotel hallway. Campos is wounded in the calf, takes refuge in an alcove between rooms and radios his dispatcher that shots are being fired on the 32nd floor.
10:08 p.m.: Police believe Paddock fired eight shots at a jet fuel storage tank at nearby McCarran International Airport. Two struck the tank. No explosion resulted.
10:10 p.m.: Hotel maintenance engineer Stephen Schuck arrives in the hallway, and later reports hearing what he thought was a jackhammer before realizing it is gunfire. Schuck takes cover and radios his dispatcher that shots are being fired down the 32nd floor hallway.
10:16 p.m.: Two Las Vegas police officers and hotel security guards enter the stairwell on the 31st floor. By that time, police say shooting had stopped. Officers form a strike team to clear the 31st floor, including a SWAT officer, a detective and two K9 officers.
10:56 p.m.: The officers come up the stairwell to the 32nd floor. They use explosives to breach the barricaded door with the L-bracket a minute later.
11:26 p.m.: The team of officers breaches the hotel suite door and finds Paddock dead. As they enter, the SWAT officer “negligently” fired a three-round burst of gunfire from his rifle.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock wasn’t hit by police gunfire.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Paddock died of a single gunshot to the mouth.