Las Ve­gas mas­sacre raises ques­tions about ho­tel se­cu­rity


When po­lice en­tered 64-year-old Stephen Pad­dock’s 32nd­floor ho­tel room at the Man­dalay Bay in Las Ve­gas, Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo says, they found “in ex­cess of 10 ri­fles.” Pad­dock is sus­pected of fir­ing down from his room at a crowd of more than 22,000 coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val at­ten­dees. The shoot­ing left at least 58 peo­ple dead and 515 in­jured. A SWAT team used an ex­plo­sive to breach his room and then “found the sus­pect dead,” says Lom­bardo. He also says their in­for­ma­tion sug­gests that Pad­dock had been in the ho­tel room since Thurs­day. The mas­sacre has left some peo­ple ques­tion­ing how the sus­pect was able to bring so many guns into the ho­tel.

At the news con­fer­ence, Lom­bardo said that Pad­dock brought the weapons into the ho­tel on his own and that he used “a de­vice sim­i­lar to a ham­mer” to smash the win­dows. Randy Sut­ton, who spent 24 years with the Las Ve­gas Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment, told CBS This Morn­ing that Pad­dock had plenty of time to get the guns to his room.

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