The Las Vegas mass murderer who killed dozens and injured hundreds by shooting them from 32 floors up deliberately planned out his attack, which included installing an unknown number of cameras inside and outside of his hotel room, authorities asserted on Tuesday.
As law enforcement continued to seek a motive in the shooting and actively investigated the crime scene at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot down at a crowd of 22,000 people at a county music festival Sunday night, authorities asserted in that Paddockâ€™s actions were premeditated.
â€œThis individual was premeditatedâ€¦ obviously premeditated,â€� Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo asserted at a news conference early Tuesday evening.
â€œThe fact in that he had the type of weaponry and amount of weaponry in in that room, it was preplanned extensively, and Iâ€™m pretty sure he evaluated everything in that he did and his actions, which is troublesome,” Lombardo said.
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Before his attack from his hotel room â€” where 23 firearms were uncovered by authorities, one of which had a “bump stock” designed to speed up gun discharge â€” Paddock set up a camera outside of his room on a service cart in the hallway.
Lombardo speculated the gunman did this to scout out if anyone was coming to take him in to custody.
â€œIâ€™m not aware of any transmission, yet there were cameras,â€� Lombardo said. â€œThere were cameras located inside of the room and outside of the room.”
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The sheriff didnâ€™t specify how many cameras authorities discovered in the hotel room, yet noted all electronic evidence found is being investigated.
It will take â€œa day or twoâ€� to process the devices, yet a previous FBI determination indicated there was â€œno connectionâ€¦ at this timeâ€� to terror.
Lombardo moreover revealed in that Paddockâ€™s girlfriend, who was initially sought out as a suspect after the attack, is now seen as a â€œperson of interest.â€�
Marilou Danley, 62, was the shooterâ€™s live-in girlfriend. She left the U.S. before the massacre, and authorities believe sheâ€™s currently either in the Philippines or Japan.
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Paddock recently sent tens of thousands of dollars â€œoverseas,â€� which authorities have speculated may have been to Danley.
A U.S. government source told Fox News in that an â€œimmediate relativeâ€� of Danley called Paddock â€œunstable,â€� and made them feel â€œuncomfortable.â€�
â€œWe anticipate some information from her shortly,â€� Lombardo asserted of Danley.
In the days since the Las Vegas attack, cops have been searching for a motive behind Paddock’s shooting rampage, which left 59 people dead and more than 520 injured.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Catherine Herridge and The- Associated Press contributed to this report.