Las Vegas Police: Stephen Paddock researched his attack

Investigators have still not discovered what motivated Stephen Paddock to embark on the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, but determined that he researched SWAT tactics ahead of the massacre and investigated other possible targets.


Sheriff Joe Lombardo held a press conference today to announce the release of a preliminary investigative report in the 1 October Mass Shooting.
The 81 page report prepared by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Force Investigation Team is not the final comprehensive report on this incident as the investigation is still ongoing.

The release of the report is not standard practice in which the LVMPD releases information regarding its criminal investigations. The department would not as a practice release a preliminary investigative report, but made the exception in this case due to the unique circumstance.

The report provides an overview of the incident as well as details of the planning undertaken by suspect Stephen Paddock who carried out the attack on 22,000 concert goers attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. 58 people were killed and hundreds injured.

“I realize it’s been three months since an update on the 1 October shooting” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo. “As you can imagine this is a complex, protracted investigation and we have done a lot of work trying to piece together what happened. It is my hope this report will provide the media and the public an understanding of what occurred on 1 October.”

The report includes:

The sequence of events beginning on September 25, 2017 when Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Hotel

A brief overview of Stephen Paddock

A detailed account of the actions which took place on the 32nd floor of the
Mandalay Bay

Items of evidentiary value recovered from various scenes

A list of public venues and other locations researched by Paddock

Scene photographs

A copy of the 1 October Preliminary Investigative Report can be viewed by going to the LVMPD.com website or by clicking on the following link: http://www.lvmpd.com/enus/Documents/1_October_FIT_Report_01-18-2018_Footnoted.pdf

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