The Las Vegas gunman specifically requested to stay in the 32nd-floor suite that he turned into a sniper’s nest.So he was planning this at least three full days in advance.
Stephen Paddock, 64, asked for the room overlooking the country music Harvest Festival when he checked into the Mandalay Bay hotel last Thursday, but it wasn’t immediately available, a source told the AP.
He finally moved into the two-room suite, which he was given for free, on Saturday, then opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 people at the Route 91 music fest Sunday evening.
If he had made an even earlier reservation without confirming that room, possibly long prior to that.
And at some point, he had to load all that stuff, first into the car for the drive, and later to transfer it up to the rooms.
Once again, not a sudden impulsive killer, but a meticulous planner.
Who'd thought about how to secure the emergency stairwell door, and brought cameras to surveil all likely approaches.
But who supposedly wilted at the prospect of the police knocking at the door, after capping nearly 600 victims, and with enough arms and ammunition to hold off an infantry squad.
The longer this dribble goes on, the more the only thing we can be certain of on the day becomes one thing: he was definitely the guy found dead in the suite after the shooting was over.