- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 9:16AM
Almost 60 people are now confirmed killed and 515 injured after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of one of Las Vegas' most famous hotels, in the worst shooting massacre in American history.
When law enforcement entered Paddock's suite on the 32nd floor, they recovered 23 weapons including several automatic rifles, AK-47s and "bump stock" devices to make his guns fully automatic.
TV station reporter Jacqui Heinrich tweeted the photographs, which also show a hammer that Paddock, 64, presumably used to smash the windows of his suite to set up his sniper's perch.
Also in view is the bipod he used to stand one of the rifles as he sprayed the crowd of 22,000 with bullets as they attended the Route 91 Harvest festival.
One of the rifles features a fixed scope and the other contains a high-capacity detachable magazine.
Two Nevada gun shops have confirmed that they sold firearms to Paddock in the past year and said he passed all required background checks.
The Mandalay Bay is understood to have a nominal ban on guns being brought in, however like much of Sin City is thought to operate with a laissez-faire attitude to weapons.
Paddock is thought to have brought 10 suitcases into the hotel room he had been staying in since Thursday, with no questions asked by housekeepers who serviced the room.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.