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What is known about the shooter from Las Vegas — Steven Paddock

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Tobias Pedroso | 08 Octubre, 2017, 14:35

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Speaking slowly and somberly from the White House, Trump declared that the nation would rally together in the face of the latest act of senseless violence.

You see, hear, and almost feel the chaos, the confusion, the danger as officers tried to help panicked people and at the same time figure out just who was shooting and from where.

High end furnishings in the luxury suite from which Paddock unleashed a barrage of gunfire are visible, as are a series of lamps still burning following the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Paddock, who killed himself before police got to his rooms at the Mandalay Bay hotel, smashed two windows with a hammer to open up his sniper's nest and fire upon crowds. "Paddock, who lives in Orlando, said his brother has retired to Mesquite, Nevada and spent his time at the hotels, going to shows and gambling". He also stressed that it's still too early to speculate on a possible motive, noting that the Las Vegas shooting is "exactly the type of attack" America had long been fearing. There are three such suites on every floor of the hotel, and people often rent them out for weddings.

President Donald Trump is planning to visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with survivors and law enforcement officials. "He never cared about any of that stuff", he said outside his Florida home.

In an unusual bid to cast a wider net for additional tips, the FBI and police have arranged with communications company Clear Channel to post billboards around Las Vegas urging members of the public to come forward with any information they believe might help investigators. From that vantage point, the world's inhabitants-the "tiny, fragile human body", as Walter Benjamin put it-look vulnerable, precarious, in need of protection.

During the presidential campaign, Trump cast himself as an ardent protector of the Second Amendment and proclaimed that if more "good guys" were armed with firearms there would be fewer gun tragedies.

Investigators want to interview Paddock's girlfriend, who was out of the country at the time of the shooting. Growing up in Dallas, I visited the Texas Schoolbook Depository, the government building from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy, more times than I can count.

Paddock purchases 33 firearms, mostly rifles, over the course of an 11-month period, according to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"This investigation is not ended with the demise of Mr. Paddock", the sheriff said.

A nearby church rang its bell 59 times, once for each of the people killed in Sunday's shooting. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi invoked the June shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise to oppose the bill last week, saying, "If you can hear (a gunshot) you can run" away.

Danley said she was "devastated by the deaths".

More than 500 people were injured in the attacks. But in the hours after the Las Vegas shooting, the familiar gun control debate emerged, once again breaking down along party lines.

Meanwhile, a report from Fox News suggests that authorities are "confident" they have located Stephen Paddock's alleged companion at the time of the shooting, Marilou Danley.