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LVMPD continues fight to keep mass shooting search warrants sealed

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks to reporters about the deadly mass shooting of October 1, 2017. (KSNV file image)

Nearly four months after the Route 91 mass shooting, the motive behind the deadly attack on concertgoers is still unknown. While the shooter is dead, LVMPD is still fighting to keep some police records secret.

LVMPD released an 81-page preliminary report into the shooting investigation on Friday but wants to keep search warrants related to the investigation away from the public for the time being.

Newly released evidence photos show the arsenal shooter Stephen Paddock stockpiled inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel where he carried out his deadly attack on the festival grounds below. 58 people were killed and more than 800 injured.

“This report is not going to answer every question or even the biggest question as to why he did what he did,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo, breaking the department’s silence three months into its investigation into the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

RELATED | Lombardo: No charges against Paddock's girlfriend, preliminary report released

So far, authorities have chased down more than 2,000 leads and examined more than 21,000 pieces of video – none of which have been released to the public.

Also recovered: four laptops and three cell phones which revealed the gunman’s internet search history.

“We recovered numerous photographs of child pornography,” said Sheriff Lombardo.

Lombardo said Paddock planned and carried out the attack by himself, adding that there is no evidence of radicalization or terroristic ties.

Paddock’s girlfriend Marilou Danley will not face charges but Sheriff Lombardo said there is at least one outstanding person of federal interest connected to the shooting but would not elaborate, citing federal grand jury rules.

Lombardo’s comments echo earlier revelations that an arrest could be coming in the next 60 days.

Meanwhile, LVMPD is fighting to keep 14 search warrants related to the investigation sealed.

“That decision is going to be made by the courts here shortly but I cannot give you that information,” said Lombardo.

LVMPD is expected to deliver its case to a judge under seal by this week to explain why it needs to keep those search warrants private. A judge could make her ruling on the issue within the coming days.


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