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REPORT: Las Vegas Shooter Also Targeted Aviation Fuel Tanks

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A new report finds the 25,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival were just a small part of Stephen Paddock’s major plan Sunday night.

From his Mandalay Bay hotel room on the 32nd floor, Paddock fired rounds at two massive jet fuel tanks that were located about 2,000 feet from his location.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a “knowledgeable source” revealed large, cylindrical aviation fuel tanks were also targeted by Paddock:

The bullets left two holes in one of two circular white tanks. One of the bullets penetrated the tank, but did not cause a fire or explosion near the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, another knowledgeable source said late Wednesday.

The tanks are roughly 1,100 feet from the concert site, where Paddock killed 58 people and wounded almost 500.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal also reports a construction crew has already completed the repairs, but the FBI was able to confirm the bullets had indeed come from Paddock’s room, and from the guns he fired from.

Reports over the last few days have revealed more details about Paddock’s planned massacre. Authorities revealed he placed cameras both inside his hotel room and in the hallway of the hotel where he managed to carry up nearly two-dozen guns, which included “bump stocks” that enable semiautomatic weapons to fire more rapidly.

After authorities searched of his home in Reno, investigators found nearly seven more guns, and also found the chilling details that in the last year, Paddock purchased 33 guns.

Investigators still don’t have a motive.

So far, investigators have determined Paddock was an extremely wealthy man and an avid gambler, and that over the last year, he had been on anxiety medication.

Paddock’s family expressed utter shock that he was capable of such an act, where his brother described him as apolitical and non-religious. His only guess at what happened is Paddock for some reason “snapped.” It also appears that Paddock’s father – a known criminal and once wanted by the FBI – had psychological issues.

Paddock’s live-in girlfriend, Marilou Danley, is still a person of interest in the investigation.

Wednesday, Danley flew back willingly from the Philippines to the United States. Paddock purchased a plane ticket for her, and Danley had been in the Philippines for the last two weeks. Her sisters insisted in an interview that she knew nothing about Paddock’s intentions and suggests that he “sent her away” so he could carry out his horrific plan.

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