Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotel

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Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday, set up a number of cameras in and around his hotel suite.

Two cameras in the hallway and one in the peephole allowed him to see if “law enforcement or security” were approaching, police said.

Officers are still trying to determine why Paddock, 64, opened fire on a concert from the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

The killer’s girlfriend has returned to the US from the Philippines.

Police consider the woman, Marilou Danley, “a person of interest”, and while she is not reported to be in custody they are “in conversation” with her.

She was met by FBI officials on her arrival in Los Angeles.

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Marilou Danley had a turbulent relationship with Paddock, reports say

Ms Danley had been in the Philippines, the Philippine immigration bureau spokeswoman told reporters, but left there on Tuesday to go back to the US.

New details of their relationship have emerged in the Washington Post, which quotes authorities as saying that Paddock transferred about $100,000 to the Philippines – which may have been for his girlfriend – just before he committed mass murder.

The pair had a turbulent relationship, The Los Angeles Times reports, quoting witnesses as saying that Paddock often verbally abused Ms Danley – an Australian citizen who moved to the US 20 years ago – in public at a coffee shop in Mesquite, Nevada.

Although the authorities are so far unable to explain why a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant should want to carry out a mass shooting by hauling such a vast arsenal of weapons to the hotel, they do know there was a high degree of planning.

The authorities in Las Vegas revised the death toll down from 59 on Tuesday evening, saying that one of the bodies was that of the gunman.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters: “This individual was pre-meditated. Obviously pre-meditated, the fact that he had the type of weaponry and the amount of weaponry in that room.

“It was pre-planned extensively and I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything he did in his actions.”

Undersheriff Kevin McMahill suggested the attack may have stopped when Paddock was disturbed, shooting a security guard.

The shooting – the worst in modern US history – has sparked debate over US gun laws, but President Donald Trump has said the discussion over what, if anything, needs to be done was “not for now”.

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He earlier described Paddock as “a sick man, a demented man”.

But a senior US homeland security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to news agency Reuters, said there was “no evidence” of “mental illness or brain damage”.

Nor have police found links to any foreign or domestic terrorist organisations.

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Paddock, who appears to have killed himself before police stormed his hotel room, had no criminal record and was not known to police.

However, police found 23 guns in Paddock’s hotel room, as well as firearms and explosives at his home. In total, across three locations, 47 firearms have been recovered, officials said.

Photos from the hotel room of guns used in the attack have been obtained by Boston 25 News.

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Guns seen on the hotel room floor

The shooting has prompted calls for reform to US gun laws.

But President Trump – who has been backed by the National Rifle Association, and spoke often of protecting the Second Amendment during his campaign – has tried to steer clear of leaning too far either way.

After visiting Puerto Rico on Tuesday, he said “perhaps that [time] will come” for a debate.

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What do we know of the gunman?

Paddock, a former accountant with a big gambling habit, lived in a community of senior citizens in the small town of Mesquite, north-east of Las Vegas.

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