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Report: Vegas killer Stephen Paddock used devices to allow automatic gunfire

October 3, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Report: Vegas killer Stephen Paddock used devices to allow automatic gunfire

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Las Vegas mass killer Stephen Paddock had the ability to kill dozens of people attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival Sunday night by using modified semi-automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines, enabling him to unleash hundreds of rounds in mere minutes.

Investigators told the Associated Press that inside the hotel room used by Stephen Paddock to launch his massacre, feds discovered a cache of weapons, which included two devices attached to 23 semi-automatic assault weapons.

The devices allow for a stream of fully automatic gunfire instead of semiautomatic, which requires one pull of a trigger for each round fired.

Only members of the military or police usually have access to fully automatic firearms.

Obtaining a fully automatic weapon is a very difficult and expensive process.

First, potential buyers must first find a gun dealer authorized to sell automatic weapons and then submit applications to both federal and local agencies.

Once applications get approval, the buyer must pay for a $200 tax stamp.

However, an individual can modify a semi-automatic to fire fully automatic.

Devices, such as a low-cost trigger crank allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire in rapid succession.

Another device called bump stocks could be attached to the back of a semi-automatic to help facilitate a method called bump firing, allowing fully automatic gunfire.

Stephen Paddock killed 59 people, wounding another 500, making Sunday’s attack the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Weapons found inside his hotel room included AR-15 AND AK-47 assault rifles.

A 36-year-old Australian man who stayed in the Mandalay Bay hotel room next to the gunman was “shaken” by Sunday’s attack.

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest music festival below killing 59 people

Brian Hodge was returning from dinner and made it back to the 32nd floor when the gunfire erupted.

“It was hardcore like it was full machine guns for 20 seconds and then it stopped for five seconds then it just went again it,” Hodge told The Age.

“There were so many shots fired, I couldn’t tell you how many. A woman came right up to my face and she said ‘you’ve got to turn back there is a shooter’ and we all just started running,” Hodge said.

“When we got to the ground floor of the casino it was just utter chaos,” Hodge added.

He eventually took shelter in the bushes outside the hotel, where he hid for hours until he knew it was safe.

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