Investigators believe the Las Vegas mass shooter hired a prostitute in the days leading up to the massacre, according to an official briefed by federal law enforcement.
Paddock, who was reportedly seen with a mystery woman in his last days, is believed to have hired a prostitute, according to the official, who told AP investigators are now interviewing other call girls for information.
Five days after Stephen Paddock opened fire and killed 58 people at a country music festival from his 32nd floor hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, no clear motive has emerged.
Paddock’s girlfriend Marilou Danley, who was abroad in Asia at the time of the shooting, returned to the U.S. on Tuesday and said she had no indication the 64-year-old was planning the mass shooting.
While investigators do not believe Paddock conspired with an accomplice, they are looking into the possibility that others knew about his plot beforehand, Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Friday.
In addition to interviewing the call girls, investigators are now turning to the public with billboards urging anyone with information to call the FBI.
Having chased 1,000 leads already, authorities are also looking at the dozen cruises Paddock took in recent years, along with a cryptic note with numbers jotted on it that was left behind in the hotel room.
A mysterious charger that did not match any of the multiple phones Paddock had with him was also found in the hotel room, sources told NBC.
While many questions are left unanswered, what has become clear is that Paddock planned his attack meticulously.
He requested an upper-floor room overlooking the festival and stockpiled 23 guns, a dozen of which were modified with bump stocks to fire continuously like an automatic weapon.
His arsenal also included tracer rounds that can improve a shooter’s firing accuracy in the dark, a law enforcement official told AP, although it remains unclear whether Paddock used any of the illuminated bullets during the high-rise massacre.
In a possible sign he was contemplating massacres at other sites, he also booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
With News Wire Services.