Child Porn, Snorkel Equipment, Handwritten Notes: What Police Found in Las Vegas Gunman Stephen Paddock's Hotel Room

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A snorkel tube is pictured in the hotel room of Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas in October. HANDOUT/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Child porn, snorkel equipment and handwritten notes were among the items found in the hotel room of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, police announced on Friday.

In an 81-page preliminary report, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detailed the findings of its investigation into the mass shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in October. Police cautioned that they would release a more comprehensive report, likely by the end of the year.

Below are some of the police department's findings, as detailed in the report:

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A snorkel tube is pictured in the hotel room of Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas in October. HANDOUT/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Snorkel equipment

In the living room of Paddock's Mandalay Bay hotel room, police found a blue plastic tube (pictured above) with a snorkel mouthpiece on one end and a fan on the other. There was also snorkel tube inside a trashcan in the bathroom. In the master bedroom, there was a snorkeling kit bag, including a scuba mask.

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A desk in the master bedroom of Stephen Paddock's hotel room, featuring a scuba mask and a power hand drill. Handout from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Child pornography

When the police searched four laptop computers they found in Paddock's hotel room, they found "several hundred images" of child pornography on a computer's hard drive. Police are still investigating the source of those images, according to the report.

Handwritten notes

On one notepad in his hotel room's bar counter, Paddock wrote, "unplug phones." Another note, which drew much speculation on the internet, was a pink piece of paper that turned out to have written measurements, with distance and bullet drop calculations.

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A note with distance and bullet drop calculations is pictured in gunman Stephen Paddock's hotel room in Las Vegas. Handout from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Dozens of guns

In the time period from September 2016 to October 2017, Paddock purchased 55 firearms, according to police. He brought dozens to the Mandalay Bay, including several AR-15 rifles outfitted with bump stocks, AR-10 rifles and handguns. He purchased all of these guns legally, according to police.

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Firearms are pictured in the hotel room of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. Handout from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Several Suitcases

One of the biggest questions during the shooting was how a guest in a hotel with ubiquitous video surveillance could bring dozens of weapons into the building without drawing any attention. Paddock used several suitcases, which he wheeled to and from his car to bring the guns into his hotel room during each day of his stay.

Eerie Google searches

When police searched Paddock's four laptops and three cell phones, they found several Google searches that indicated he was looking for a crowded location to commit the mass shooting for at least several months. Among the searches were:

  • "summer concerts 2017"
  • "biggest open-air concert venues in USA"
  • "how crowded does Santa Monica Beach get"
  • "How tall is Mandalay Bay"
  • "life is beautiful expected attendance"
  • "do police use explosives"

Surveillance cameras

Paddock put together a surveillance system, which extended into the hallway on a room service cart, so that he could monitor whether anyone was approaching his room. On the room service cart, Paddock placed a black "Logitech" camera. Another camera was taped to a peephole in his room. Paddock used an "Anran" monitor and a laptop, placed on the room's bar counter, to watch the feeds from those cameras.

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A "Logitech" camera Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock set up to monitor the hallways outside of his hotel room is pictured in the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Handout from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
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