Las Vegas massacre raises questions about hotel security

Issue No. 19 | October 1-15, 2017

When police entered 64-year-old Stephen Paddock’s 32ndfloor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says, they found “in excess of 10 rifles.”

Paddock is suspected of firing down from his room at a crowd of more than 22,000 country music festival attendees. The shooting left at least 58 people dead and 515 injured. A SWAT team used an explosive to breach his room and then “found the suspect dead,” says Lombardo. He also says their information suggests that Paddock had been in the hotel room since Thursday. The massacre has left some people questioning how the suspect was able to bring so many guns into the hotel.

At the news conference, Lombardo said that Paddock brought the weapons into the hotel on his own and that he used “a device similar to a hammer” to smash the windows. Randy Sutton, who spent 24 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, told CBS This Morning that Paddock had plenty of time to get the guns to his room.