Explosives found in Las Vegas killer’s car raises questions

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After police found at least 1,000 rounds of ammunition in a suitcase and 50 pounds of Tannerite in a duffle bag inside the Las Vegas gunman‘s car, they believe he may have primed it to explode in an escape, according to a report from CBS News on Friday.

Stephen Paddock’s car was found in a parking garage, and now investigators are trying to figure out how integral it was to the killers’ plan. Tannerite, which is commonly used in target shooting, explodes when it is hit by rifle fire.

Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 450 others after opening fire on concertgoers at a country music festival last Sunday night.

As they struggle to discover a motive for the mass shooting, investigators are wondering if Paddock planned to shoot at the vehicle or possibly could have used it as an explosive if fired upon by police while trying to escape?

Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said in a news conference Friday that he doesn’t know what Paddock was planning to do with the Tannerite. “We found it in the condition that it was, and it was not an IDE [improvised explosive device],” he noted.

Authorities have been playing out potential scenarios, such as Paddock wanting to escape and that he might have been able to blend in amid the chaos of the fire alarms going off and crowds of people moving through the hotel, but investigators suspect that his plans were interrupted by a security guard.

According to one law enforcement source, “This is one of the most sinister things I have ever seen, and it could have been much worse.”

Investigators say among the cache of dozens of weapons seized were variants of AK-47s and AR-15s. Sources say each of the rifles Paddock had cost $1,000 or more. A source says the cache was likely worth in excess of $50,000 and probably closer to $100,000.

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