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Before largest mass murder in US history, FBI knew Paddock had huge weapons stashes, ammo, explosives

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Court documents released Friday revealed that FBI agents knew Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts.

A U.S. judge in Nevada unsealed the documents, according to CBS News.

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Paddock, the man behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killed himself after opening fire on a crowd of concertgoers from his hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 others.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told CBS News Paddock “wasn’t on our radar, he wasn’t on the federal database radar,” noting that other than a couple of traffic tickets, he didn’t have a criminal record.

He said Paddock, who was modifying assault-style rifles to shoot rapidly, “meticulously planned” the October massacre.

And he left behind an arsenal.

After the shooting, police found 19 guns and several pounds of potentially explosive materials at Paddock’s three-bedroom house in a retirement community in the city of Mesquite. And Paddock’s vehicle at the hotel contained several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, CBS News reported.

The documents also revealed Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, admitted that her fingerprints were likely on some of the ammunition, but investigators said they found no “criminal involvement.”

Tom Tillison


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