Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel room held 23 lethal weapons, endless rounds of ammunition — and a video camera that he mounted on the door.
The 64-year-old killer placed cameras inside and outside the 32nd-floor suite where he fired for nine minutes at 22,000 helpless concert attendees, officials said Tuesday.
A pair of cameras was hidden on a room service cart from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino left in the hallway. Another was attached to a peephole.
“There were two cameras located in the hallway so that the suspect could watch as law enforcement or security approached his room,” said Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill. “And there was another camera placed inside the hotel room door peephole so that he could see down the hallway.”
Paddock executed 59 victims before killing himself. Officials said 527 people were injured.
The mass shooter apparently placed most of the cameras in the hallway to detect any approaching cops or FBI agents.
“There were cameras outside of the room and inside of the room, along with the firearms,” said Lombardo at an afternoon briefing. “I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody.”
The early-warning system installed by Paddock apparently alerted him to the presence of a hotel security guard who was shot in the leg when Paddock fired at him through the door.
Two days after the massive carnage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, police had yet to uncover a motive for the premeditated massacre.
Lombardo remained certain that investigators will uncover what sent Paddock on the 80-mile ride from Mesquite, Nev., into Las Vegas with a small arsenal.
“I expect a substantial amount of information to come in over the next 48 hours,” he added.
One fellow gambler at a casino near Paddock’s home recounted a bizarre incident from a few months back when he shared a blackjack table with the shooter.
“He said, ‘I wish I could just go kill my mom. I don’t know why the hell she brought me into this world,’ ” recalled Leo Miller, a regular at the Eureka Casino.
Mass shooting at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
“Everybody at the table couldn’t believe what he said . . . When he was sober, he was nice as anybody. His drinking got to the point where he didn’t even know what the hell he was doing on the table.”
Ex-cop Hope Ahrens, 63, said Paddock and his live-in girlfriend Marilou Danley, 62, stopped in most mornings for coffee and a Krispy Kreme doughnut at her gas station.
Danley would also pick up two cheap bottles of wine for $3 each during the morning stop.
More details emerged from the terrifying scene across the Las Vegas Strip from Paddock’s hotel room.
Twelve off-duty firefighters, including four providing CPR to gunshot victims, were wounded.
At least 45 victims of the shooting spree still remained in critical condition — 33 at Sunrise Hospital and another dozen at University Medical Center.
Authorities said the injured were struck by some of the hundreds of bullets fired, hit with shrapnel or trampled as the terrified concert crowd ran for cover.
Paddock also mysteriously sent $100,000 to an account in the Philippines in the days before his furious killing spree.
NBC News reported the money was sent to the home country of Danley, who was visiting the Philippines when her boyfriend was hunkered down inside his Vegas hotel room.
Law enforcement officials told NBC that it was unclear if the money was meant for Danley and her family or for some other purpose.
Investigators are trying to determine what Danley knew ahead of the attack. She has been named her a “person of interest,” and the FBI is bringing her back to the U.S. Wednesday for questioning, officials said.
And more than a dozen FBI investigators descended Tuesday morning on the concert site-turned-killing field, arriving in unmarked cars to scour the area for clues.
The agents wore blue protective shoe covers and jackets marked “FBI” as they returned to the scene of the crime on the Strip.
With Denis Slattery