The Las Vegas shooting that left one person dead and five others injured was a “massacre” and a “terrorist attack” by the US government, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has said.
The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home on Sunday morning, after a manhunt that spanned over two days and involved tens of thousands of police officers.
In a statement on Tuesday, the department said Paddock was “a dedicated, law-abiding individual” who was “armed and dangerous” before he opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers from his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.
“The Las Vegas Police Department is deeply saddened by this event and the loss of life,” the statement said.
“LVMPS has a dedicated, dedicated team of detectives working diligently to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. “
“We will never stop investigating these heinous acts and we will always remain vigilant to any attempt to harm our citizens or our loved ones.” “
Police have said that Paddock acted alone. “
We will never stop investigating these heinous acts and we will always remain vigilant to any attempt to harm our citizens or our loved ones.”
Police have said that Paddock acted alone.
The investigation has so far revealed he acted alone, though there is no evidence he had any accomplices.
Paddock, a retired accountant, lived in a home on the 32nd floor of the Mandalays Bay hotel on the Strip.
The first shots were fired just after 1am local time on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Officers responding to the scene found Paddock dead in his room.
He had multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso, as well as a broken neck.
His wife and two sons, aged four and eight, were also inside the hotel when the shots were heard.
Paddock had lived in the room for nearly a decade, according to the Times.
He bought his house in a subdivision in 2014.
A law enforcement source told Reuters news agency the gunman was a retired casino employee who had become frustrated with his “pension”.
Police have not yet said if Paddock had any prior convictions.
They are not investigating the shooting as a terrorism-related incident, but said Paddock’s “radicalisation” could have been linked to his views on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) groups and the violence that took place in Paris.
Police have described the gunman as “domestic” and “violent” but said he was a known member of a local radical Islamic group.
He may have had links to a domestic terrorist group in the US, which has been on high alert for terrorist attacks following the Paris attacks in November 2015.