Police have identified Stephen Paddock as the suspect who killed at least 58 people and injured over 500 after firing on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. Here’s what we know about Stephen.
1. He was found dead of an apparent suicide after opening fire at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, is the man suspected of killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500 after unloading rounds of ammunition on 22,000 innocent concertgoers with an assault rifle, the LVMPD said in a press release. This tragedy is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Cops responded to the scene and breached the door to the suspect’s room. Stephen was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his hotel room. Despite initial reports of multiple gunmen, police believe the suspect acted alone. “We believe it’s a solo actor. A lone wolf,” Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said in a press conference. Stephen was an apparent hotel guest at the Mandalay Bay since Sept. 28. The gunman was found with more than 10 rifles in his room.
2. The suspect fired his gun from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Stephen started firing at Route 91 Harvest festival concertgoers across the street just after 10 p.m. PT from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. When the concertgoers realized they were in the midst of an active shooter situation, the concert went into total chaos. “We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground,” concertgoer Meghan Kearney told MSNBC.
3. Police are currently questioning a woman possibly connected to Stephen. Shortly after the shooting, police began looking for Marilou Danley, a possible companion and roommate of the suspect. Police have now located Marilou for questioning, but they do not believe was involved with the shooting, ABC News reports.
4. Stephen was a Nevada native and retired. Stephen lived in Mesquite, Texas, for years before settling down in the Nevada town of the same name, according to The Washington Post. Relatives say he was a licensed pilot who owned two planes and frequently went to Las Vegas to gamble and attend concerts.
5. ISIS claims Stephen converted to Islam months before the attack. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but provided no evidence as to how Stephen was connected to the terror group, the New York Post reports. The FBI later said that Stephen had no connection to an international terror group.