Federal investigators revisit Strip shooter's Mesquite residence
LAS VEGAS (AP) —
Federal investigators returned to Strip shooter Steven Paddock's Mesquite house on Sunday for what the local police chief called "re-documenting and rechecking."
Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner accompanied the FBI in the service of a federal search warrant at the three-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac in a retirement community, Tanner told The Associated Press.
"I don't think they are after anything specific," Tanner said later. "They're going through everything and photographing everything again."
Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 were injured in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival near Mandalay Bay, where Paddock had opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor.
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The home was searched Monday by Las Vegas police serving a warrant issued by a local judge to look for weapons and clues to Paddock's motive.
FBI spokeswoman Sandra Breault declined to comment. Las Vegas police Officer Jacinto Rivera said he had no immediate information about the raid.
Las Vegas police have said they found 19 guns and several pounds of potentially explosive materials at the home that Paddock bought in early 2015, and where he lived with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines during the shooting rampage.
Las Vegas hotel and gambling magnate Steve Wynn, who owns casinos that Paddock gambled in but not the Mandalay Bay, said Sunday that his hotels have undertaken special security measures in recent years to identify potentially dangerous guests. Those measures include using magnetometers to detect significant amounts of metal and training housekeeping staff to report suspicious actions like a do-not-disturb sign remaining on a door for extended periods.
Paddock spent the days before the shooting bringing bags of guns into the hotel and setting up his sniper's perch for the shooting. He also rigged his own surveillance cameras to watch for police and hotel staff.
"If a room goes on 'do not disturb' for more than 12 hours, we investigate," Wynn, whose hotels include Wynn Las Vegas and Encore told "Fox News Sunday" in an interview. "We don't allow guns in this building unless they're being carried by our employees, and there's a lot of them. But if anybody's got a gun and we find them continually, we eject them from the hotel."
Wynn said a scenario like Paddock's "would have triggered a whole bunch of alarms here. And we would have, on behalf of the guests, of course, investigated for safety, and it would have been a provocative situation."
Wynn said that under a counterterrorism plan put in place in 2015, "We profile or inspect or examine everybody that enters the building."
He added that his hotels wouldn't invade the privacy of a guest in a room. He was quick to say that MGM Grand Resorts, which owns the Mandalay Bay, is also vigilant about safety.
Wynn said Paddock didn't run up debts or have a gambling problem, and he had "the most vanilla profile one could possibly imagine."
Paddock and Danley were well known to his employees, Wynn said.
"We have butlers and waiters and masseuses and the people in the beauty shop that know this woman and this man completely," Wynn said. "They talk about normal mundane things. But if there's anything interesting that stood out over the six years, nobody that's ever worked here have ever seen the gentleman or the lady take a drink of wine, beer or alcohol of any kind."