Indictment in Las Vegas mass shooting possible, police say

Attorneys for the Las Vegas police said in district court Tuesday that there still could be criminal charges filed in relation to the mass shooting at a concert on the Las Vegas Strip that left 58 dead.

The revelation came as Nick Crosby, a lawyer representing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, argued to keep search warrants, affidavits and findings sealed as “charges were being investigated.” Police have said Stephen Paddock was the lone gunman in the Oct. 1 massacre.

Crosby said that because the investigation was ongoing, he couldn’t reveal who those charges might be aimed at or what they might entail.

He said the charges could emerge within the next 60 days.

Lawyers for media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, sought to have search warrants and affidavits unsealed after Paddock killed 58 and wounded hundreds at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay. After the rampage, Paddock shot and killed himself in the room.

Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, has not been charged in the assault but has been called a “person of interest” by authorities. She was out of the country when the massacre occurred.

District Court Judge Elissa Cadish chose to keep the warrants, affidavits and findings under seal pending arguments made by police that would show why opening them to the public would hamper the investigation.

The hearing to unseal the search warrants in state court came days after a federal judge unsealed 315 pages of search warrants and affidavits that revealed Paddock had amassed an arsenal of weapons and explosives in his room and vehicle and that also sought to trace the planning of the attack through email and social media accounts.

david.montero@latimes.com

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