Las Vegas gunman researched La Jolla, San Diego months before mass shooting

Las Vegas gunman researched La Jolla, San Diego months before mass shooting
Posted at 7:43 AM, Jan 20, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Newly released documents reveal gunman Stephen Paddock's search history prior to the horrific mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival last year.

In May 2017, Paddock's internet search history included the terms "La Jolla Beach," "biggest open air concert venues in USA," and "how crowded does Santa Monica Beach get," according to documents made available by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Paddock also visited the San Diego Tourism Authority website,, at least once the same day he searched for La Jolla, the investigation revealed.

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Data recovered also revealed Google Map searches for the Venice Beach area of Santa Monica, Calif., and Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.

The evidence was gathered from an HP laptop recovered in Paddock's room after the shooting, according to LVMPD. Two computers were recovered from the hotel room where Paddock fired upon the Harvest Festival crowd below.

After Paddock checked into The Ogden in downtown Las Vegas on Sept. 17, searches for Las Vegas locales were registered, including "Excalibur Hotel & Casino," "Fremont Hotel & Casino," "NV gun shows," and "How tall is Mandalay Bay."

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Officials said "several hundred images of child pornography" were also found on the hard drive of one computer found in Paddock's room. The investigation into the source of those images is ongoing.

Searches were also found regarding "SWAT weapons" and police tactics a month before the shooting.

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Officials have yet to determine a motive behind the shooting that killed 58 people. 

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said this week one possible motive could involve Paddock's loss of "significant amount of wealth" before the shooting. Lombardo added that Paddock did not leave behind a suicide note or manifesto.

This week, officials also announced no charges are expected against Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley. However, there is reportedly one person who is of "federal interest" and charges could be filed in relation to that person.