Killer Stephen Paddock, who ruthlessly murdered 59 concertgoers in Las Vegas, was “sick” and “demented”, Donald Trump has said.
“He was a sick man, a demented man. Lot of problems, I guess, and we’re looking into him very, very seriously,” the US President told reporters as he departed the White House to visit Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
Asked about gun laws, he added: “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”
A day after the massacre, detectives are still grappling to find a motive for the deadliest shooting in modern US history.
Paddock had amassed an arsenal of at least 42 guns, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo, police said.
But why the multi-millionaire property investor, who liked to gamble, carried out the attack on country music fans attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night remains a mystery.
Officers recovered 19 firearms, explosives and ammo from Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada, hours after discovering 23 guns in his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino from which he shot down at the gig.
Police also found several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to make explosives, in the 64-year-old’s car.
Some of the firearms recovered from his hotel room had scopes, while two were reportedly modified to make them fully automatic.
Another home owned by Paddock in Reno, Nevada, is also being searched for clues of a motive.