Vehicle related to Las Vegas mass shooting located by police

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-06 12:05:42|Editor: Xiang Bo
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- A vehicle connected to the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas was located in Reno, 760 km northwest of the U.S. city where the tragedy occurred, local authorities said Thursday.

"The Hyundai that was sought in connection with the LV (Las Vegas) shooting was located during a search warrant executed at (Stephen) Paddock's house in Reno," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) tweeted on its official page.

Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and real estate investor, rained down about 1,600 rounds of ammo from a 32th-floor suite of Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of more than 22,000 people attending a country music festival, killing at least 59 and injuring nearly 500 on Sunday.

The tweet showed the picture of the red Hyundai Tucson with Nevada license plate NV 114B40, but did not say when the SUV was found.

After the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, police issued a search warrant looking for the two vehicles tied to the shooter, one of which was the Hyundai Tucson. The other, a Chrysler Pacifica Touring with Nevada plate NV 79D-401, has been located at the parking lot of Mandalay Bay hotel.

About 100 people retweeted the news in one hour after it was issued by the LVMPD, with many doubting why the release of the information was delayed.

The Hyundai Tucson was suspected by local media as the vehicle driven by Paddock's girlfriend, 61-year-old Marilou Danley, who was not in the country at that time and only flew back to Los Angeles Wednesday night.

CBS news channel reported on Thursday that Paddock and Danley bought a Hyundai Tucson from a dealership in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 1.

Employees at the car dealership told CBS that Paddock was an "educated consumer" and Danley was "extremely complimentary" of her boyfriend, adding that he had "saved her" from an abusive relationship with her former husband.