Newly unsealed search warrants show that investigators
trying to piece together the details of the deadly mass
shooting in Las Vegas have not yet found a motive.
The shooter, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the Route
91 Harvest country music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel
room on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds
Police searched two Nevada homes Paddock owned and
found a cache of weapons and ammunition. They found the same in
his hotel room, along with three cell phones, one of which was
locked and could not be accessed, the documents said.
Hundreds of pages of search warrant documents related to the
deadly Las Vegas mass shooting were unsealed on Friday. The
documents reveal that police investigators have not yet found a
motive for the October 1 massacre that left 58 people dead and
Gunman Stephen Paddock fired on concertgoers at the Route 91
Harvest country music festival from his 32nd-floor suite at the
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Police searched Paddock’s room,
his vehicle, and two homes he owned in Reno and in Mesquite,
Nevada, where they found a cache of weapons.
Inside his hotel room, investigators found two unlocked cell
phones. “Neither contained significant information that allowed
investigators to determine the full scope of Stephen Paddock’s
planning and preparation for the attack,” the documents said.
A third cell phone, which was locked, could not be accessed,
according to the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper also said investigators identified an email inbox
belonging to Paddock that contained a message from a Gmail
account officials believe was related to Paddock’s preparations
for the attack.
The message read in part: “for a thrill try out bumpfire ar’s
with 100 round magazine,” an apparent reference to
the “bump stock” device police say that Paddock affixed to a
number of the firearms found in his room.
Ten pages of the search warrant documents remained sealed ahead
of a Nevada state court hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
Law-enforcement officials believe the shooting was meticulously
planned, and that after Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay
three days prior,
he brought weapons and multiple rounds of ammunition to his
also set up cameras in the hallway outside the room.
He fired more than 200 rounds through his room door and then
killed himself before police arrived.