Photos have been leaked of the Mandalay Bay hotel room of the gunman who went on a killing spree perched over a country music festival on Sunday in Las Vegas, and there is speculation that one of the photos contains a suicide note.
The shooter killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others before he allegedly shot himself in the head when discovered by police. This is the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The Daily Mail released the photos on Tuesday.
One photo shows what are allegedly the gunman’s legs on the ground, and what appears to be a note on a small table near him. Bullets and several assault rifles are seen all around the room. There were 23 firearms in the hotel room, including a handgun, a gun similar to an AR-15 rifle and an AK-47 rifle. The gunman had rigged some of the firearms to be automatic weapons.
“Paddock was clearly seeking to send a message in his well-planned attack. So WHERE is the message? WHERE is the manifesto? No suicide note,” asked Bill Mitchell on Twitter.
One Twitter user wrote: “Remember: Federal authorities already have what may be [the Las Vegas Shooter’s] suicide note, so they may already know his motive right now. Why are they not telling us if so, or at least releasing the document?”
And one Twitter user said: “Suicide note? We are not being given the full story.”
Many people online questioned if this was, in fact, a suicide note, and why the contents were not being released. Or, if it wasn’t a suicide note, why the contents haven’t been released regardless.
The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, went on a shooting spree Sunday night on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where he shot at a crowd of thousands of people at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival across the street.
He killed 58 people and wounded at least 500 others, and Las Vegas hospitals were flooded with injured persons following the massacre.
Paddock reportedly shot himself in the head when he was discovered by police, which has led some reports to say the Las Vegas shooting was responsible for 59 deaths.
Paddock was a millionaire who gambled, but he did not have a criminal record. He reportedly owned 47 guns, all of which he purchased legally over the course of two decades.
Police found more guns – rifles, shotguns and handguns included – in Paddock’s houses outside Reno, Nevada, and in Mesquite, Nevada.
It has been reported that Paddock wired $100,000 to the Philippines a few weeks before the shooting, which is where his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, is from. She is now a person of interest.
Police are still searching for a motive.
ISIS initially claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying the shooter had converted to Islam several months weeks ago. But the FBI said it did not believe there was a connection to international terrorism. ISIS also did not offer up any proof or evidence.