In the early morning hours of April 6, 2007, the Terribles Casino in Las Vegas was the scene of a horrific mass shooting. A lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of people waiting in line to get into the casino, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 others. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.
The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was a 64-year-old retired accountant who lived in nearby Mesquite, Nevada. He had no criminal record and no known history of mental illness. Paddock arrived at the casino around 10 p.m.
on April 5 and checked into a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, which overlooks the casino. He then brought at least 10 suitcases full of weapons and ammunition up to his room.
Around 1:30 a., Paddock opened fire on the crowd below from his hotel room window. The gunfire went on for about 10 minutes before he stopped to reload his weapons.
He then resumed firing for another minute or so before stopping again. A total of more than 1,100 rounds were fired.
Police and security guards quickly responded to the gunfire, but they were unable to locate the shooter because he was firing from such a high vantage point. SWAT teams eventually made their way to Paddock’s room and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators believe he shot himself before they could break down his door.
authorities found 23 firearms in Paddock’s hotel room, including semiautomatic rifles and shotguns. An additional 19 firearms were found at his home in Mesquite, along with several thousand rounds of ammunition and explosives.
Investigators believe Paddock had been planning the attack for months and that he acted alone.
The motive for the shooting remains unknown, but investigators have ruled out terrorism or any connection to radical groUPS. Paddock’s family has said that he showed no signs of mental illness or violent tendencies.
It is still unclear why he carried out such a horrific act of violence.