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Posted: October 02, 2017

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: Recording artist Jason Aldean performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)

Who is Stephen Paddock, the shooter killed in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas authorities have named Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, as the man who shot and killed at least 50 people at an outdoor concert at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The shooting took place at 10:08 p.m. as a concert by country singer Jason Aldean was ending. Authorities say they have confirmed at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured at the event which was on the last day of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival - a country music event.

Here’s what we know about Paddock so far. Check back here for more updates: 

  • He was 64.
  • He was in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
  • He was taken down at the scene. Authorities say they believe he killed himself.
  • According to Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, law enforcement "located numerous firearms" in Paddock's hotel room. Lombardo described the weapons as “rifles.”
  • Lombardo also confirmed two vehicles that were being searched for have been located.
  • It is believed to be the deadliest shooting in US history, with the death toll surpassing the 49 killed at a nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. 
  • The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Paddock owned a home in Melbourne, Florida. He sold the 2-bedroom home located in a “55-plus” community in 2015. 
  • Police said Paddock had "at least 10 rifles" in the room. 
  • He had been staying in the room since Sept. 28. 
  • Police identified a female companion named Marilou Danley, who has been overseas and spoke to police Monday. Danley is not believed to have been involved in the shooting.
  • The FBI says the bureau had found "no connection with an international terrorist group."
  • He had no criminal record beyond a routine citation years ago. 
  • Paddock moved to Mesquite in June 2016 from Reno, Nevada. He live in Melbourne, Florida, Texas and California.
  • His father was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in the 1970s. He was accused of robbing banks.
  • Paddock had a pilot’s license.
  • He liked high-limit video poker.
  • He was the oldest of four children.
  • He had no criminal record.
  • He sued the Cosmopolitian Hotel and Resorts in Nevada, saying he slipped and fell in some water on the floor.
  • He had 23 guns in his hotel room, including semi-automatic rifles.
  • Some of the rifles had scopes.
  • Police found 19 rifles at his home.

How to check on loved ones after deadly Las Vegas shooting

UPDATE Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m. EDT:

In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Las Vegas Police Department Sheriff Joeseph Lombardo said the original number is now back up and running for people to call for victim information and reuniting families. The number is 1 (866) 535-5654.UPDATE Oct. 2, 8:30 p.m. EDT:

Las Vegas Police Department has changed the number family members can call to report loved ones missing or to check on their family members who were in Las Vegas during Sunday night’s shooting.

Original story Oct. 2 8:11 a.m.:

With more than 50 dead and more than 200 hurt in a deadly shooting in Las Vegas, many families are awaiting word on their loved ones who were attending the Route 91 Harvest concert on the Strip.

Police identified Stephen Paddock, 64, as the man who opened fire on concertgoers Sunday. They are currently searching his home and the room at the Mandalay Bay hotel where he was holded up during the shooting, CBS News reported. Paddock is local to the Las Vegas area, living in Mesquite, Nevada.

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Facebook is now being used as a point of contact for people in the area to check in, to tell their families that they are OK.

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A Facebook Safety Check was launched after the shooting.

Police also are telling people to call 1-866-535-5654 to check on their family members who were in Las Vegas during Sunday night’s shooting.

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Remembering the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history

On the evening of October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock, shooting from the 32nd floor of a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, killed 58 people, making the shooting the deadliest in American history. 

The gunman was killed when police stormed his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, but not before Paddock went on the shooting spree that has left an estimated 851 people injured. 

With 58 dead, the shooting is the deadliest single-day mass shooting spree in American history.  

Here is a list of the some of the deadliest mass shootings in America.

  • Pulse nightclub - Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 - 49 killed, 58 injured
  • Virginia Tech - April 16, 2007 – 32 people killed
  • Sandy Hook Elementary school – Dec. 14, 2012 – 27 killed
  • Killeen, Texas – Oct. 16, 1991 – 23 killed
  • San Ysidro, Cali. – July 18, 1984 – 21 killed
  • Austin, Texas – Aug. 1, 1966 – 18 killed
  • Parkland, Florida – Feb 14, 2018 – 17 killed
  • San Bernardino – Dec. 2, 2015 – 14 killed
  • Edmond, Okla. – Aug. 20 1986 – 14 killed
  • Fort Hood, Texas – Nov. 5, 2009 -- 13 killed
  • Binghamton, N.Y. – April 3, 2009 – 13 killed
  • Columbine High School – April 20, 1999 – 13 killed
  • Seattle, Wash., – Feb. 18, 1983 – 13 killed
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – Sept. 25, 1982 – 13 killed
  • Camden, N.J. – Sept. 5, 1949 – 13 killed

Las Vegas shooting: At least 59 dead, live updates

At least 59 people were killed and hundreds more were injured Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on more than 22,000 people gathered near the Mandalay Bay Casino for a country music festival.

Police said the suspected gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Authorities found him dead in his hotel room, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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