The staggering toll in the deadliest mass shooting in US history has climbed to more than 50 killed and over 400 injured, a law enforcement officer said — adding that the shooter killed himself after the rampage.
Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., shot himself in his Mandalay Bay hotel room on the 32nd floor, where he had been staying since Thursday, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. “We believe the man killed himself prior to our entrance,” Lombardo said.
Police found a cache of 10 rifles in his room, Lombardo said, adding that it was unclear how he managed to keep the weapons from being discovered by housekeeping staff. Meanwhile, the woman who was sought in connection with the shooting has been cleared, the Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Marilou Danley is no longer being hunted as a person of interest,” Las Vegas police said concerning the 62-year-old woman, that has been living with Paddock in a retirement community.
“LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and don’t believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip,” police said in a statement. Authorities are continuing to look for a Hyundai Tucson with the Nevada license plate 114 B40, the paper reported. At least 406 people were taken to hospitals after the massacre, Lombardo said in a morning press briefing.
One of the killed was an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, whose name wasn’t immediately released. Two on-duty officers also were hurt. One of these has been upgraded from critical to stable condition, officials said.