Weapons found in Reno house owned by massacre suspect

Published: Oct. 2, 2017 at 9:14 AM PDT
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Las Vegas Police say a search of a Reno home owned by Las Vegas massacre suspect Stephen Paddock has yielded several weapons.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Investigators said they found five handguns, two shotguns and a "plethora of ammunition" and electronics. The house is being treated as a potential crime scene.

At least some of the guns found on Paddock's properties had been bought at the Cabela's store in Verdi.

Federal investigators made their way without incident into the house on Del Webb Parkway Monday evening, looking for clues that might help law enforcement with the case in Las Vegas

The home in Somersett was purchased by Paddock in 2013. Neighbors say he and friend Marylou Danley kept to themselves and didn't talk to a lot of people.

Neighbors say Paddock stayed at the house, at best, six months out of the year, and didn't disclose anything about his private life. The former next-door neighbor says it took awhile before she found out anything about the couple.

Dee McKay says, "When she came back I saw her talking to a neighbor. I asked them what does her husband do. They said he was a professional gambler. So then I was trying to figure it out."

Monday afternoon, local law enforcement arrived to assist federal agents in securing the scene. At Paddock's home in Mesquite, police were wondering of the home was wired or booby trapped; they were taking no chances in Reno, either.

Federal investigators expect be at the house for some time.

Reno Police have issued this statement:

"In response to last night’s senseless and cowardly act, Chief Soto has reached out to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Sheriff Lombardo, on behalf of the men and women of the Reno Police Department (RPD). Chief Soto offered condolences to Sheriff Lombardo and his staff and offered to provide LVMPD with any assistance and/or resources RPD may provide.

"We have also offered our assistance to the FBI, who is assisting LVMPD. The local office of the FBI has formally requested the assistance of RPD in regards to the Las Vegas shooting incident. Any further inquiries may be directed to the FBI.

"As is done after any active assailant incident, RPD will review the incident in an effort to improve our own tactics and training. RPD will also evaluate safety measures that are implemented for future special events.

"Chief Soto and the men and women of the Reno Police Department are keeping the victims and the families of the victims in our thoughts and prayers."

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