Police believe that the Las Vegas shooter, who killed at least 58 people and injured over 500 in Sunday night’s shooting spree, organized an escape route. Stephen Paddock, 64, shot rapid fire at country music festival attendees from a smashed out window on the 32nd floor of a hotel.
Now, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo believes Paddock thought he could have escaped after committing the worst mass shooting in modern American history, according to the Business Insider.
"Did you see any evidence that he planned to survive this, or try to escape?" a reporter asked Lombardo during a press conference on Wednesday.
"Yes," Lombardo replied, not yet revealing details of what what a possible escape plan could have entailed. “He was doing everything possible to see how he could escape at this point.”
Lombardo referenced the cameras Paddock set up in his hotel suite and in the hallway of the hotel. One camera was found in the peephole of his hotel room and two more were set up in the hall, according to the Washington Post. Another camera was disguised on a service cart, authorities said. Lombardo also referenced the findings from Paddock’s vehicle: multiple containers of the explosive material Tannerite and 1,600 rounds of ammunition. Almost two dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were discovered in the shooter’s hotel room.
“It was pre-planned, extensively, and I’m pretty sure that he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troublesome,” Lombardo said. He also believes that it is possible that Paddock received help with his plans.
"Do you think this was all accomplished on his own? You've got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point.”
CNN reports that Paddock left behind a note before committing suicide. The investigation is ongoing and police are still seeking out the killer’s motive.
"What we know is Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring guns and ammo, and living a secret life," Lombardo said. "Anything that would indicate this individual trigger point, which would cause him to inflict this harm, we're not there yet."
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