Sheriff: Evidence suggests Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was planning to escape hotel after massacre

The Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that he believed there was evidence Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock may have had additional plans after his gun rampage Sunday night.

"Did you see any evidence that he planned to survive this, or try to escape," a reporter asked during a Wednesday night press briefing.

"Yes," Lombardo answered succinctly, without elaborating further.

Lombardo referenced cameras that Paddock had rigged inside and outside of his hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino — a tactic seen by investigators as a means to monitor and fend off law-enforcement officers in the hotel hallway.

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Stephen Paddock, 64, allegedly opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, leaving at least 59 people dead and hundreds injured.

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He reportedly used a hammer-like tool to break out two windows at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Stephen Paddock was reportedly a high-stakes gambler that lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada.

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His father was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a bank robber and former FBI Most Wanted Fugitive.

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Paddock killed himself before authorities breached his hotel room and investigators say he acted alone.

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Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting but he reportedly used her identification to check in at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

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Stephen Paddock lived in this home in Melbourne, Florida from 2013 to 2015.

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Police said Paddock had no criminal record.

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NBC News reported that Paddock made several large gambling transactions in recent weeks, but that it wasn't clear if they were wins or losses.

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Paddock reportedly purchased firearms at  Guns & Guitars, a gun shop in Mesquite, Nevada. 

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Paddock's brother, Eric, said his sibling belonged to no political or religious organizations, and had no history of mental illness.

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Paddock's brother described him as a "wealthy guy" and said he liked to play video poker and go on cruises.

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He worked as an accountant and had real estate investments, according to the Washington Post. 

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Paddock had his pilot license and owned at least one plane, according to Reuters.

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The sheriff also mentioned the gunman's vehicle, which had multiple containers of the explosive material, Tannerite, and 1,600 rounds of ammunition inside. It was not immediately clear what, if any, additional plans Paddock may have had in the event he was able to leave the scene before police arrived.

The gunfire lasted for about 10 minutes Sunday night, beginning around 10:05 p.m. PDT, Lombardo said. Fifty-eight people were killed and many hundreds were injured. The shooter had nearly two dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the hotel suite.

Paddock killed himself as police descended on his room.

Lombardo said Wednesday night that investigators were trying to figure out whether Paddock had any help collecting his arsenal or planning the rampage, which, in the days since the shooting, had proven to be meticulously planned out. The investigation is ongoing.

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