When a police SWAT team blew open the door, they found a scene of carnage, with rifles scattered on the floor around the killer’s body
Chilling photos have emerged showing Las Vegas mass killer Stephen Paddock’s body on a hotel room floor surrounded by guns and a huge cache of bullets.
Paddock, 64, killed himself after murdering 59 people and wounding more than 500 others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
When a police SWAT team blew open the door, they found a scene of carnage, with powerful assault rifles scattered on the floor at the killer’s feet and stacks of magazines.
Officers found more than 20 firearms inside the room at the Mandalay Bay resort after Paddock targeted country music fans at a festival across the Las Vegas Strip with heavy bursts of gunfire.
Photos also show the bullet-riddled double door to Paddock’s hotel suite lies behind police tape after officers blasted their way in.
Assault rifles were found around killer Stephen Paddock’s body on the floor (Image: @MikeTokes/Twitter)
Chilling photos show guns piled inside the suite (Image: @MikeTokes/Twitter)
Paddock had set up cameras around the room after checking in (Image: Twitter)
Just beyond the shattered 32nd floor entrance, resting on a bipod for stability, is a terrifying assault rifle – part of his 23-gun cache in the room he used as a sniper’s perch.
Two more semi-automatic AR-15-style weapons are pictured on the carpet, strewn with spent ammunition, where he killed at least 50 music fans and injured 200.
“It was an arsenal fit for a commando team,” said one source.
One gun appears to have a “bump stock”, making it fully automatic and allowing Paddock to fire at a rate of hundreds of rounds a minute. The mass murderer was also using over-sized magazines, with up to 100 rounds.
Paddock had more than 20 firearms inside the hotel suite (Image: @MikeTokes/Twitter)
One of the shooter’s guns on the hotel room floor (Image: Boston 25)
These allowed the multi-millionaire shooter to fire in longer bursts before reloading, or picking up his next gun.
Supersized magazines are banned in many US states which only allow up to 15 bullets at time. At least was one unused by the time he turned a gun on himself.
Another weapon pictured was made by Daniel Defense, of Savannah, Georgia, which also produces variants of the AR-15 rifle, based on the US Army M16.
As medics treaed hundreds injured in Sunday night’s attack on the crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the FBI was trying to how he stockpiled his weapons.
Photos also show the bullet-riddled double door to Paddock’s hotel suite (Image: Bild Exclusive/Polaris Images)
Paddock had hundreds of rounds of ammunition and 23 guns (Image: Boston 25)
And investigators struggled with a baffling array of clues as to what turned a mild-mannered accountant into America’s deadliest single killer.
US President Donald Trump said: “He was a sick man, a demented man. Lot of problems, I guess and we’re looking into him very, very seriously, but we’re dealing with a very, very sick individual.”
The killer had managed to get the 23 assault rifles, a handgun, thousands of bullets, cameras, bipods and hammers to break the window up to his suite in 10 cases.
And the high-stakes gambler aroused no suspicion from hotel staff and security, setting up his two positions. He simply placed a “Do Not Disturb” sign on his door to stop housekeeping entering his room.
Police eventually located Paddock amid confusion and chaos (Image: Getty)
Briana Calderon and Cinthya Olbera pray at a memorial (Image: AFP)
Paddock, the son of a psychopathic bank robber, arrived last Thursday, three days before the shooting, at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip.
A police source said: “The purpose of the investigation is to look for how he managed to build such an arsenal up without being detected.
“The fear is that Paddock’s attack will lead to copycat crimes as other may harbour similar ideas to him.”
Paddock opened fire on the festival just after 10pm and it took police 72 minutes to zero in on his hotel room, across the street from the festival. It wasn’t until a fire alarm sounded, 20 minutes after the shooting began, that police knew where to go, having initially rushed to the wrong floor.
Smoke filling the room as Paddock fired, had set off the alarm.
Hundreds of people were killed and injured in the massacre (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
Paddock had smashed two of his suite’s windows, positioning himself above the crowd. About 11.20pm, Swat officers found Paddock dead in the luxurious room room 32135.
He had cameras in the hallway so he would know when they arrived and fired through the door at officers.
But he killed himself before they could get to him.
Police found the explosive tannerite at Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada and ammonium nitrate, a chemical that can be used in bombmaking, in his vehicle.
Police have been searching Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada (Image: AFP)
Belongings are scattered and left behind at the music festival site (Image: Getty)
The killer legally bought more than two dozen guns over several years.
Guns & Guitars, a store in his hometown, said Paddock purchased some of weapons there, but all legal procedures were followed, and he “never gave any reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time.”
Paddock also seemed to have purchased guns in Arizona.
Islamic State claimed the Las Vegas massacre was a “revenge attack” for US attacks in a chilling video. Footage claimed Paddock had been radicalised months before the atrocity.