LAS VEGAS (AP) Thousands gathered in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 5, to honor one of the victims who was killed in Sunday’s mass shooting.
In addition to being a Las Vegas police officer, Charleston Hartfield was also a husband and father of two, and an Iraq War veteran.
His friend Sgt. Ryan Fryman told the crowd Hartfield was “the greatest American I have ever known.”
Developments on Friday, Oct. 6, about the shooting (all times Pacific Daylight Time).
- 12:10 p.m.
Massachusetts could be moving quickly to outlaw so-called “bump stock” devices used by the Las Vegas shooter.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers have filed bills to ban the devices. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he supports a ban.
The devices fit over the stock and grip of a semi-automatic rifle and allow the weapon to fire continuously, some 400 to 800 rounds in a single minute.
State Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, filed legislation to outlaw any devices that increase the rate of discharge of a weapon and ban the sale of large capacity-feeding devices.
Senate Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, sponsored a bill that would prohibit devices that effectively turn rifles and shotguns into weapons with firing capabilities similar to machine guns.
- 11:40 a.m.
Scott Armstrong, a Reno, Nevada, car dealer, said Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock confided in him about relationship troubles when the would-be gunman stopped in looking to buy a car about two months ago.
“Somehow or another we ended up talking about bad relationships, and he confided that he was depressed and his life was miserable,” Armstrong said. “It just struck me as really odd that somebody would say that.”
Paddock, unshaven and dressed casually but not disheveled, didn’t elaborate on his relationship troubles, and Armstrong didn’t pry. He didn’t smile, and he “wasn’t very pleasant to talk to,” he said.
“I could tell he was really down or something,” Armstrong said. “I just told him, I said, ‘Hey I’ve been in some bad relationships myself. It’ll get better. Tomorrow will be a better day than today.'”
Armstrong said he’s talked with FBI agents about his recollection.
Others who have interacted with Paddock have described him as a quiet and confident man who did not engage in deep conversations. Armstrong said he’s baffled by why he was so open with a stranger, but “my job is to put people with ease and try to help them buy a car.”
How is he so certain Paddock is the downtrodden man who visited him?
“When’s the last time somebody told you their life was miserable? It sticks with you,” he said.
- 11:20 a.m.
A gun show scheduled for this weekend in a casino off the Las Vegas Strip has been canceled.
Boyd Gaming Corp. spokesman David Strow said the decision to cancel the gun show at the Eastside Cannery Casino was made mutually with the show’s promoter, Western Trails Show Promotions.
It was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and has been held at least five times in the past.
- 10:20 a.m.
A law enforcement official said Paddock bought 1,000 rounds of tracer ammunition a month ago from a private seller he met at a Phoenix gun show.
The official said investigators searching the hotel room Paddock used as a sniper’s perch found tracer rounds and a document with the name of the Mesa, Arizona, man who sold him the ammunition.
The official is involved in the shooting investigation and spoke anonymously because the official was not authorized to disclose case information.
Tracer bullets contain a pyrotechnic charge that illuminates the path of fired bullets so shooters can see whether their aim is correct.
The official said Paddock met the man in Phoenix on Sept. 9 and 10 and the sale took place at the man’s Mesa home.
The tracer ammunition that Paddock bought were .308-caliber and .223-caliber rounds.
The official did not know whether Paddock used tracer rounds during the attack.
The official declined to identify the seller.
- 9:30 a.m.
Some New York state lawmakers want to make it illegal in the state to buy, sell, or possess devices known as bump stocks that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of automatic weapons.
Authorities found 12 of the devices fitted to guns in shooter Paddock’s hotel room.
It is illegal to use bump stocks in New York state, but a loophole in the law makes it legal to buy, sell, or possess the devices.
Legislation introduced in the days after Sunday’s shooting would immediately ban bump stock sales and prohibit possession of them over time.
Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, D-Albany, said it’s illogical to allow the sale and possession of a device that cannot be used legally.
The bill has bipartisan support. Lawmakers will reconvene in Albany in January.
- 7:15 a.m.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said authorities would step up security for concerts and sporting events in the city following the Las Vegas shooting.
Officials have said there is no credible threat to Boston.
But Evans said the FBI told him Wednesday that agents turned up evidence that Paddock researched sites in and around Fenway Park and the Boston Center for the Arts.
The Red Sox have said they’re working with officials to beef up security.
Evans said security would be boosted for events including a Bruno Mars concert, a City Hall Plaza concert, road races, and Red Sox games.
He said police also plan to meet with hotel officials in coming days to discuss ways for them to increase security.
- 12:13 a.m.
Australian police were assisting their U.S. counterparts on the investigation into Paddock’s girlfriend Marilou Danley.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Philippines-born Danley became an Australian citizen after moving to the Gold Coast in Queensland state and marrying a local man. ABC said she lived there for some 10 years until the late 1980s.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said that as an Australian citizen, Danley was entitled to consular assistance.
Australian police and government officials have not elaborated on Danley’s time or citizenship in Australia.
Colvin said the Australian authorities were “working very closely with our partners in the U.S.”
Australia’s foreign affairs department said it was aware she was “a person of interest” and described her case as “a matter for U.S. law enforcement.”
- 12:01 a.m.
Investigators were checking Paddock’s interest in other music festivals in the months before he killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 at the Las Vegas outdoor country concert.
They said Paddock rented rooms in high-rises overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August, and over the Life is Beautiful festival near the Vegas Strip in September.