When retiree Stephen Paddock checked into his 32nd-floor hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino last Thursday, nothing appeared unusual.
Paddock had booked room 32135, described by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo as one large suite with uninterrupted views of the Las Vegas Strip.
The former accountant would’ve had a clear view of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a 3-day country music event taking place in an open-air, ground-level venue across the Strip, some 400 yards away from his hotel.
The 64-year-old was a multimillionaire who owned two planes and a home in a tranquil golf course retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, 130km east of the gambling hub. According to a brother, he showed no sign he was poised to commit mass murder.
his father was a notorious bank robber, once on the FBI’s “10 most wanted” list and described as a psychopath.