Las Vegas sheriff Joseph Lombardo broke down the timeline of the 75 chaotic minutes Sunday night between when shots first rang out and when police found gunman Stephen Paddock dead in his hotel room 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.
Federal law is still pretty restrictive when it comes to who can own fully automatic weapons, and gun law experts say you have to be licensed to buy parts that convert semiautomatic weapons to automatic ones like the so-called bump stocks that were reportedly used by Stephen Paddock Sunday night.
Lombardo declined to reveal why he believed that Paddock had an exit planned, but said he was confident in the claim - and said that his scheme was so elaborate that he would have to be a 'super hero' to pull it off alone.
American investigators are scrambling to understand the motive for the worst shooting in living memory on U.S. soil, but I.S. experts are skeptical that Paddock was linked to the terror group. At some point, Paddock fired through the door and hit a security guard in the leg, he said, adding that the guard is expected to survive.
Authorities have said he brought 23 weapons in 10 suitcases into the room and set up cameras inside and out to watch for police closing in on him.
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Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant and multimillionaire real estate investor, specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the music festival, according to a person who has seen hotel records turned over to investigators.
"(The casinos) know whether he lost money because he never would have gambled for a second without putting the card in", Eric Paddock said.
"This individual and this attack didn't leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass-casualty attacks", said FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Given the strange, carnival-like atmosphere around his trip to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico yesterday, this one was notable for how on-message and appropriate he was.
President Donald Trump traveled to Las Vegas, where he met privately with shooting victims and their families and told the city that the nation stands with them to share in their grief.
So far, investigators have found nothing to explain Paddock's actions, but were continuing to hunt and trace every possible clue about a gunman they described as a "psychopath".
Days after the attack, investigators remain baffled about Paddock's motives even after talking to his girlfriend.
"In that sense, I thank him for sparing my sister's life", she said, adding that Danley was "really in love with Steve". "It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone".
The stress of having so much on the line isn't for everyone, he said.
In explaining his theory, the sheriff mentioned Paddock's arsenal of 47 guns and a "plethora" of ammunition, plus his two Nevada residences. Don't look for Trump to say that gun restrictions are needed.
"It makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job that they've done", he said.
On Monday, Jeff Bridges of Charlotte, North Carolina, posted a video that showed he and his wife's stay at Mandalay Bay last year.
Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returned from the Philippines on Wednesday after visiting family, and the FBI is hoping that she has some answers.
Ms Marilou Danley, 62, is now being questioned by the authorities after arriving on a flight from the Philippines on Tuesday.
"We went back because I'm a nurse and I felt I had to", she told CNN affiliate KTNV.
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