Authorities have released information of the weapon used by Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said that the device used to empty hundreds of rounds on concert-goers was a ‘weapon of mass destruction’.
He addressed the nature of the gun during a press briefing.
This is a weapon, and a man, of mass destruction.
This was a classic WMD. This doesn’t involve politics. All of us are Nevadans. We’re working together to get through this.
Paddock’s massacre has so far killed 58 and injured a further 515.
The tragedy occurred during a Country Music concert near to the Mandalay Hotel in the city.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lomardo said that the police believe he used a ‘device similar to a hammer’ to smash he windows in the 32nd floor hotel room which Paddock was using to rain down on the victims.
The suspect’s name is Stephen Paddock, with a date of birth of four, nine of 1953. As far as history and background we haven’t completed that part of the investigation.
We located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied. All’s we know is that they were rifles.
We are executing a search warrant on the room. We have officers at his residence, and we will be executing a search warrant there also shortly.
It is going to be a long and tedious investigation. We are bringing in all the resources of the FBI to assist us in this investigation, in particular to their victim witness advocates and their CSI folks to help us process the scene and ensure that we are getting all the evidence that we can possible obtain.
President Donald Trump addressed the nation in a sobering speech, condemning the massacre as ‘an act of pure evil.’
My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd, at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops. I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for all of their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many.
The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.
For families looking to locate missing loved ones, call 1-866-535-5654.
If you would like to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting visit the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, 7135 W. Sahara.