This is what we currently know about Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock
One culprit has been named so far in the mass shooting which has left at least 50 people dead, and approximately 400 more wounded. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Nevada, is understood to be the individual behind the terror attack.
Marilou Danley, a 62-year-old Australian woman, was a person of interest in the incident, but has since been ruled out as a suspect by police. There is some speculation that Paddock may have used her ID at some point.
Details about the shooting are still unfolding, but here's what we know so far:
Firstly, it is believed that Paddock was a lone shooter in the attack. It is understood that he was spotted with Danley before the incident, and she has since been apprehended in connection with the ordeal, but Paddock was the only person who fired at concertgoers. He has since died - but it's uncertain whether he was shot by police, or if he killed himself.
SWAT officers tracked the killer down to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where he was found with at least 10 weapons. Explosives were used to enter the room - which Paddock is believed to have checked into as a guest - and found that the Nevada man had set up multiple shooting points, as well as several cameras to alert him when police were on their way.
Paddock's motives for the mass-killing are not known. Speaking to press, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said:
'We believe it was a local individual. He resides here locally. I’m not at liberty to give you his place of residence yet, because it’s an ongoing investigation, we don’t know what his belief system was at this time. … Right now we believe he is the sole aggressor at this point and the scene is static.'
It is also understood at this time that Paddock had a minor previous encounter with law enforcement - but public records do not show any convictions for him in Nevada. Undersheriff Kevin McMahill spoke to CNN, and disclosed that Paddock had no major 'derogatory' criminal record, but just one minor offense in Las Vegas. He was also not on record as a military veteran, and has no known connections to the armed forces.
Although Lombardo stated that Paddock's background was still under investigation, it has emerged that the 64-year-old may have been going through a divorce. A family member told NBC that they would be releasing more information in an official statement later today.
Speaking to Fox News, two young women who were at the concert gave an account of what they saw. The first woman said:
'We were at the Jason Aldean concert and everything was fine. And then we heard two pop noises and thought it was the sound system. He kept continuing like nothing was wrong and then we heard it continue and he was still going and then he fell.'
The other added: '(Aldean) dropped and ran, he just ran off the stage. And then people started dropping to the floor and we were running out.'
The women also reported seeing someone who had been shot in the head:
More minor details about the suspect have been made public on news channels, namely that Paddock was licensed pilot, and owned two planes. He also had a hunting license in Alaska. More details can be seen in the report below:
The attack is now known to be the worst mass-shooting ever recorded in the USA, and raises further questions about gun restrictions in the country. Our thoughts go out to those affected by the shooting, and we hope to have more information very soon.
UPDATE: Some details have been changed according to new reports.