The owner of a US gun store who sold weapons to Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock said the 64-year-old didn’t set off any alarm bells, and was just like every other guy who enters the store “50,000 times a day”.
Dixie GunWorx owner Chris Michel said Paddock “knew exactly what he was looking for” when he came into the store, but never expected he would go on to gun down 58 people and injure 527 more.
Hauling an arsenal of high powered rifles up to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Paddock perched himself on the window ledge and proceeded to shoot.
It is unknown how long Paddock had been building his arsenal, but Mr Michel recalls the former accountant coming into his store a couple of times.
“He didn't set off any of my alarms, anything that I felt like there's a problem in any way, shape or form with him,” Mr Michel said.
“He came in again another time, he wanted a firearm, he knew exactly what he was looking for in the shotgun that I sold him.
“I went out and found it and I supplied to him because I didn't see anything, nothing again stood out, he was a normal, everyday guy that walks into my door 50,000 times a day.”
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As the world comes to grips with the senseless killing, shares in gun stocks rose in the wake of the massacre.
Brands Sturm Ruger closed up nearly 3.5 per cent and American Outdoor Brands, formerly Smith & Wesson, rose 3.2 per cent.
It’s understood their stocks spiked as gun advocates began to fear the latest massacre could see tighter gun regulations brought in.
With all eyes firmly on the Vegas shooting, little attention has been given to the other six mass shootings that took place in the US in the past six days alone.
There have now been 1516 mass shootings in the past 1735 days.