The staggering toll in the deadliest mass shooting in US history has climbed to 58 killed and more than 500 injured, a law enforcement official said — adding that the suspected terrorist shooter killed himself after the rampage.
The terrorist, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., shot himself in his Mandalay Bay hotel room on the 32nd floor, where he had been staying since Thursday, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, said.
“We believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry,” Lombardo said.
Police found a cache of 10 rifles in his room, Lombardo said, adding that it was unclear how he managed to keep the weapons from being discovered by housekeeping staff.
Cops were able to locate the room due to its smoke detector, which was blaring as a result of the heavy smoke created from the automatic weapon, a former Las Vegas police officer told CBS News.
“The way the shooter was identified was not from the muzzle flashes, but the smoke detector in the room went off from the amount of smoke that came from firing that fully automatic weapon,” said the officer, Randy Sutton.
Meanwhile, the woman who had been sought in connection with the shooting has been cleared, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Marilou Danley is no longer being sought out as a person of interest,” Las Vegas police said of the 62-year-old woman, who has been living with Paddock in a retirement community.
“LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip,” police said in a statement.
Authorities are continuing to look for a Hyundai Tucson with Nevada license plate 114 B40, the paper reported.
At least 406 people were taken to hospitals after the massacre, Lombardo said in a morning press briefing.
SOURCE: New York Post