When photos of Stephen Paddock's Las Vegas hotel room emerged online last week, many noticed that among the items left behind by the shooter was a piece of paper that some speculated was a note of some sort.
CNN had previously reported that the note contained numbers but now Las Vegas law enforcement officials have revealed that it contained calculations that Paddock had made of the distance and trajectory of his gunfire from the 32nd floor windows of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Las Vegas Police Officer Dave Newton told 60 Minutes he “could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd.”
“So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there," meaning that the assault was carefully planned and premeditated. Paddock came to Las Vegas with the intent to kill as many people as possible.
Many found these revelations extremely disturbing...
It sounds like he used a map, a right triangle, and high school trig. Disturbing the amount of thought, effort that went into this attack.— Gracie Briseño (@rosyfingeredawn) October 7, 2017
Some were skeptical:
So all that trouble to calculate elevation for accuracy, just to cancel it all out with erratic fire characteristics of a bump stick?— Eric Anderson (@heyman91) October 7, 2017
Really? He was shooting 'fish in a barrel', but needed calculations for that? And how and with what he measured and he checked his aiming?— Dolores (@D0lore) October 7, 2017
But Heather sums it up well:
Terrifying. All of it. Thank you to those brave officers for reacting so smartly and quickly.— Heather Neary (@HeatherLNeary) October 8, 2017
While a motive is still unknown in the case, authorities have concluded there is no link to terrorism and that Paddock was the only shooter in this horrific attack.