Two days after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the nation is still learning the identities of the 59 people who were murdered and more than 500 who were wounded, stories of heroism from the slain and survivors, and more information about the mysterious killer, Stephen Paddock, who apparently snuck an arsenal of weapons into the 32nd floor of Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.
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UPDATE – 3:36 PM: UK paper the Daily Star speculates that a leaked photo from the crime scene shows a “note” from Paddock. See the pic here:
Images have leaked showing Paddock lying dead on the hotel room floor with blood pouring from his mouth.
The alleged gunman appears to be wearing a brown shirt, black slacks, loafers and a pair of gloves.
Chillingly, he appears to have left some kind of note on the side table.
UPDATE – 3:27 PM: A more troubling side of Paddock’s personality, reported by the L.A. Times:
The workers behind the counter at the Starbucks inside the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nev., winced whenever Stephen Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, lined up for their usual beverages.
That’s because Paddock had a nasty habit of berating Danley in public. “It happened a lot,” Esperanza Mendoza, supervisor of the Starbucks, said Tuesday.
Danley stood only elbow high to Paddock, she said.
The abuse would come when she asked to use his casino card to make the purchase, Mendoza said. The card enables gamblers to use credits earned on electronic gambling machines to pay for souvenirs or food in the casino.
“He would glare down at her and say — with a mean attitude — ‘You don’t need my casino card for this. I’m paying for your drink, just like I’m paying for you.’ Then she would softly say, ‘OK’ and step back behind him. He was so rude to her in front of us.”
UPDATE – 3:00 PM:
— Courtney Gousman (@cgousman) October 3, 2017
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— Jim Rosenfield (@jimrosenfield) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 12:58 PM: The Daily Beast claims a “senior law enforcement source” suggests Paddock may have initially targeted a different music festival:
Stephen Paddock rented multiple condos overlooking the annual Life Is Beautiful Festival, which this year was headlined by Lorde and Chance the Rapper, said the source, who is not directly involved in the investigation but has been briefed on its progress.
UPDATE – 12:39 PM:
These are the instructions Mandalay Bay employees have been given about not speaking to the media. pic.twitter.com/UxFZU51f4M
— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 9:15 AM: New development in the investigation into Paddock.
— Bob Redell (@BobNBC) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 9:14 AM: Dianne Feinstein calls for ban on bump fire stocks:
Sen. Feinstein calls for closure of automatic weapon purchase loophole
"This is the least we should do…It should be our highest priority” pic.twitter.com/4tCzETIw8C
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 9:12 AM:
— Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 9:06 AM: Paul Ryan turns Hillary Clinton’s incoherent hot take about “silencers” into a political victory:
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 8:37 AM:
This Warren man was shot in the leg during the Country concert in Las Vegas. He is trying to make it home but his leg and $ are an issue. pic.twitter.com/kLmg3RYAMj
— ROOP RAJ (@rooprajfox2) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 8:25 AM: A new viral video from a woman driving around the Las Vegas strip Sunday night prompts Rosie O’Donnell to ask if there was only one shooter:
Quickly baleeted: "One gunman?" pic.twitter.com/mT0L3fAW1g
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 7:39 AM:
— ABC News (@ABC) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 7:36 AM: Jason Aldean: “This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children.”
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 7:12 AM: A Navy veteran living in Denver was killed in Sunday’s massacre.
— Kyla Galer (@kylagalerKKTV) October 3, 2017
— Ariel Mata (@ArielMata) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 7:11 AM: A central Pennsylvania sports coach is confirmed among the dead. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
A Shippensburg little league and wrestling coach was confirmed to be among the 59 killed in Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas, according to police in the central Pennsylvania borough.
“It is with the most of broken hearts, the families of Bill Wolfe Jr. and his wife Robyn share that Bill has been confirmed to be among the deceased as a result of the mass attack in Las Vegas,” wrote the Shippensburg Police Department in a Facebook post. “Please continue to hold our entire family as well as those affected across the nation in your unending prayers.”
UPDATE – 7:06 AM: A North Carolina man says he stayed in the exact same suite as Stephen Paddock and has posted a video he took of the room during his stay at Mandalay Bay:
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— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 5:42 AM: Axios’ Jonathan Swan gets a warning from Breitbart exec Steve Bannon that Trump potentially changing gun laws would be catastrophic for his base support:
I asked Steve Bannon whether he could imagine Trump pivoting to the left on guns after the Las Vegas massacre. “Impossible: will be the end of everything,” Bannon texted. When asked whether Trump’s base would react worse to this than they would if he supported an immigration amnesty bill, Bannon replied: “as hard as it is to believe actually worse.”
UPDATE – 5:40 AM: President Trump weighs in.
On gun control debate after Vegas shooting, President Trump tells @kwelkernbc: "We'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by"
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 5:18 AM: Boston reporter obtains photos of two of Paddock’s weapons inside his hotel room:
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) October 3, 2017
UPDATE – 5:15 AM: The latest news as of Monday night:
• LVMPD declared that officers found 23 guns in Stephen Paddock’s hotel room and 19 at his home. Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters that the killer brought more than ten suitcases into his room.
• The Associated Press reports that the gunman owned two “bump stocks,” legal devices that can mimic the effect of automatic weapons fire when attached to a semiautomatic rifle.
• The casualty count remains: 59 dead, 527 wounded.