Sheriff Lombardo: 'We saved hundreds of lives'

LAS VEGAS - Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said hundreds of lives were saved by the quick actions of Metro Police and private security officers Sunday night during a deadly shooting attack at country music festival.

At an afternoon news conference Tuesday, Sheriff Lombardo said Metro received the first call of the shooting at 10:08 p.m. The attack lasted nine minutes. Some victims died blocks away from the venue after running from the scene.

Lombardo said, the victims suffered gunshot wounds as well as trampling injuries. All but three victims have been identified.

The shooting left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured. Although Lombardo initially said the number of injured might have slightly decreased, reports from local hospitals show it to be at 530, which is a slight increase over Monday.

Lombardo said his officers and private did a fantastic job of moving quickly to secure the area and find the shooter preventing more people from being killed.

Police are also still looking for anymore possible victims and asking that anyone who may have discovered they were injured after leaving the scene should call 3-1-1 to file a report with police. If you are out-of-state, you can call (702) 828-3111. 

Police still do not know what Stephen Paddock's motive for the shooting might have been, but Lombardo is confident it will be discovered.

It was confirmed that Paddock set up a camera on a food cart outside his hotel room to see if anyone was coming to take him into custody.

Lombardo said, police did confiscate five handguns, two shotguns, ammunition, and electronics from Paddock's homes while executing their search warrants.

Police are still considering his girlfriend, who is in the Philippines, a person of interest, he said.







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