Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo released a preliminary report Friday on the October 1 attack on an outdoor concert staged from a room at the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel and said he did not expect criminal charges to be filed against Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who had been named as the only person of interest in the case.
A preliminary investigative report about the October 1st mass shooting in Las Vegas does not reveal a motive for gunman Stephen Paddock's actions, but it does shed a little more light on how he planned the attack.
He said charges were unlikely to be brought against Paddock's girlfriend Marilou Danley. Lombardo added that the gunman did not leave behind a suicide note or manifesto. Paddock refused anti-depressants but accepted prescriptions ordered for anxiety. She told police the couple had stayed together at the Mandalay Bay hotel in September 2017, and during the trip he would look out the windows from different angles in a odd way. "Paddock would move from window to window looking at the site from different angles".
"He was described as "germaphobic" and had strong reactions to smells".
The 64-year-old retired accountant was a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor.
The evidence was gathered from an HP laptop recovered in Paddock's room after the shooting, according to LVMPD.
Police found "several hundred images" of child pornography on the four laptops recovered from Paddock's room, and his "disturbing" search history indicated that he had been looking for the flawless location to conduct his rampage for at least several months.
The Google search for "La Jolla Beach" was made alongside queries for "biggest bear", "grant park functions", "open air concert venues", "biggest open air concert venues in U.S.", "summer concerts 2017" and "how crowded does Santa Monica Beach get". Among his searches was "do police use explosives", the report said.
In his hotel room police found 23 guns, 4,000 unused bullets, four laptops, and three cellphones. On one of the computers, investigators found hundreds of photos of child pornography.
Weeks before the shooting, the couple stayed at Mandalay Bay together but Paddock was acting strangely, Danley told investigators. He has pleaded not guilty. Paddock began shooting into the crowd attending the Route 91 Music Festival from his hotel room into a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival music below on October 1, 2017.
Mr Lombardo said police still do not know why Paddock carried out the killings. Police also found a blue plastic hose with a fan on one end and a snorkel mouthpiece on the other end inside the room.
Spokeswomen for the FBI and federal prosecutors in Las Vegas declined to comment. He was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head when police broke his door down after his shooting spree, and despite the investigation, investigators have established no motive for the crime. In the days before the attack, Paddock sent her a $100,000 wire transfer.
Danley also said Paddock had been behaving oddly for the a year ago of his life and she thought he was breaking up with her when he unexpectedly wired her $100,000 prior to the shooting. Danley, his girlfriend, told investigators that during their visit she "observed Paddock constantly looking out the windows of the room that overlooked the venue".