Police say gun smoke triggered a smoke detector in the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s hotel room, revealing his location.
Paddock is reported to have used a “hammer-like object” to break the window in his hotel room before raining bullets down on the crowd of 22,000 people in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
The Las Vegas SWAT team located Paddock around 20 minutes after the shooting began in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
But it wasn’t 911 calls or muzzle flashes from the automatic rifles that led SWAT officers to the 64-year-old gunman.
Retired Las Vegas police lieutenant, Randy Sutton, told the Washington Post smoke filled the room as Paddock fired a large number of rounds into the crowd below, causing a fire alarm to go off.
Police entered the room using explosives where they found the gunman dead from apparent suicide, Lombardo said. Police also found “in excess of 10 rifles” in the room.
At least 58 people were killed and approximately 515 were injured during the shooting, but those numbers are expected to rise.