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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Vegas probe examines possible bombing plan

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Authorities hunting for a motive for the Las Vegas concert massacre are looking into the possibility the gunman planned additional attacks. Law enforcement is also investigating whether Stephen paddock scoped out other music festivals.

Published on October 6, 2017 8:52AM

Last changed on October 6, 2017 12:49PM

FILE - This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival killing dozens and wounding hundreds. Authorities trying to piece together the final days before Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal of powerful firearms on country music fans on the Las Vegas Strip have at least one potential trove of information: his gambling habits. Gaming regulators say they’re sorting through documents that can include suspicious transaction or currency reports. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP)

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FILE - This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival killing dozens and wounding hundreds. Authorities trying to piece together the final days before Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal of powerful firearms on country music fans on the Las Vegas Strip have at least one potential trove of information: his gambling habits. Gaming regulators say they’re sorting through documents that can include suspicious transaction or currency reports. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP)

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A little-known device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in South Jordan, Utah. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock bought 33 guns within the last year, but that didn't raise any red flags. Neither did the mountains of ammunition he was stockpiling, or the bump stocks found in his hotel room that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sherri Camperchioli, left, and Jordan Cassel help set up some of the crosses that arrived in Las Vegas today to honor the victims of the mass shooting on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Sherri Camperchioli, left, and Jordan Cassel help set up some of the crosses that arrived in Las Vegas today to honor the victims of the mass shooting on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Michelle Potts of Hedgesville, W.Va. leans on the shoulder of her husband, Gary Potts, during a candlelight vigil she organized for her best friend, Las Vegas shooting victim Denise Burditus of Martinsburg, W.Va., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 on the football field at Hedgesville High School. Burditus, 50, was one of 58 people murdered at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nev. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (Jeff Taylor /The Winchester Star via AP)

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Michelle Potts of Hedgesville, W.Va. leans on the shoulder of her husband, Gary Potts, during a candlelight vigil she organized for her best friend, Las Vegas shooting victim Denise Burditus of Martinsburg, W.Va., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 on the football field at Hedgesville High School. Burditus, 50, was one of 58 people murdered at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nev. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (Jeff Taylor /The Winchester Star via AP)

New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans shine flashlights during a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings before an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

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New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans shine flashlights during a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings before an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

Clark County Fire Department engineer Brian Emery stands by one of his agency's Mass Casualty Incident vehicles in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Emery was driving a traditional fire engine the night of the shooting when his crew wound up being among the first on duty emergency workers to arrive at the scene on Sunday. The four members of the crew treated some 30 people with a range of injuries from shortly after 10 p.m. until after sunrise Monday. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

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Clark County Fire Department engineer Brian Emery stands by one of his agency's Mass Casualty Incident vehicles in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Emery was driving a traditional fire engine the night of the shooting when his crew wound up being among the first on duty emergency workers to arrive at the scene on Sunday. The four members of the crew treated some 30 people with a range of injuries from shortly after 10 p.m. until after sunrise Monday. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

Veronica Hartfield, center right, walks alongside her son, Ayzayah Hartfield, center, as they arrive to a candlelight vigil for her husband, Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Hartfield was killed when Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the Mandalay Bay resort and casino and began firing with a cache of weapons at a country music festival Sunday. Dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Veronica Hartfield, center right, walks alongside her son, Ayzayah Hartfield, center, as they arrive to a candlelight vigil for her husband, Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Hartfield was killed when Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the Mandalay Bay resort and casino and began firing with a cache of weapons at a country music festival Sunday. Dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Las Vegas police Sgt. Ryan Fryman, right, and other officers attend a candlelight memorial for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Hartfield was killed when Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the Mandalay Bay resort and casino and began firing with a cache of weapons at a country music festival Sunday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Las Vegas police Sgt. Ryan Fryman, right, and other officers attend a candlelight memorial for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Hartfield was killed when Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the Mandalay Bay resort and casino and began firing with a cache of weapons at a country music festival Sunday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Cece Navarrette places flowers at a cross for her cousin, Bailey Schweitzer, who was among those killed during the mass shooting Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Cece Navarrette places flowers at a cross for her cousin, Bailey Schweitzer, who was among those killed during the mass shooting Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cece Navarrette places flowers at a cross for her cousin, Bailey Schweitzer, who was among those killed during the mass shooting Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Cece Navarrette places flowers at a cross for her cousin, Bailey Schweitzer, who was among those killed during the mass shooting Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A woman passes crosses for victims of the mass shooting Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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A woman passes crosses for victims of the mass shooting Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cece Navarrette sits near a cross for her cousin, Bailey Schweitzer, who was among those killed during the mass shooting Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Cece Navarrette sits near a cross for her cousin, Bailey Schweitzer, who was among those killed during the mass shooting Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities hunting for a motive behind the carnage at a Las Vegas concert are looking into the possibility that gunman Stephen Paddock planned additional attacks, including a car bombing.

In addition, law enforcement was investigating whether Paddock had scoped out other music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago — and even Boston's Fenway Park.

Las Vegas police also announced Thursday that they had found a vehicle they had been searching for as part of the investigation into the massacre that left 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured Sunday at an outdoor country music festival.

More about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history:

THE INVESTIGATION

A federal official told The Associated Press that authorities are examining whether Paddock planned more attacks , such as a car bombing. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Authorities previously disclosed Paddock had 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car, along with fertilizer that can be used to make explosives, and 50 pounds of Tannerite, a substance used in explosive rifle targets.

Authorities also revealed that Paddock booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September. Investigators also came across mention of Fenway, Boston police Lt. Detective Mike McCarthy said, though he provided no further details.

In addition, police announced they had located a Hyundai Tucson while executing a search warrant at the home in Reno, Nevada, that Paddock shared with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley. It wasn't immediately clear if the car was found on Thursday or earlier in the week when police searched the home and found several guns and ammunition.

NRA PROPOSES REGULATIONS

The National Rifle Association is joining the Trump administration and top congressional Republicans in a surprise endorsement of a narrow gun restriction in the wake of the Vegas concert shooting.

The NRA said devices called "bump stocks" that allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons should be "subject to additional regulations." The devices were found in Paddock's hotel room.

President Donald Trump said his administration is considering whether they should be banned.

The NRA, which famously opposes virtually any hint of new restrictions, dismissed calls from some Democrats for more gun control, however. The organization's leaders said, "Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks."

THE UNWITTING FIRST RESPONDERS

A group of firefighters driving back to their Vegas station after responding to a call for a minor car crash ended up being the first to respond to the shooting massacre.

Brian Emery recalled Thursday that gunfire rang out as hundreds of hysterical people swarmed the vehicle on the Las Vegas Strip.

It was pure coincidence that the Clark County Fire Department crew members on Engine 11 were the first on-duty emergency personnel to arrive at Sunday's shooting.

The surge of people forced Emery to stop driving, but he eventually inched the engine out and got it to a parking lot where the crew could start treating patients. The work continued until after sunrise.

58 WOODEN CROSSES

White crosses have been placed on the Las Vegas Strip for each victim of the concert shooting.

Retired carpenter Greg Zanis drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to put up the 58 crosses Thursday afternoon.

The 66-year-old is known for installing the markers at the sites of other mass killings, including the Columbine and Sandy Hook school shootings and Orlando nightclub massacre.

He plans to keep the tribute up for 40 days before giving the crosses to the families of the victims.

REMEMBRANCES

Thousands gathered Thursday to mourn a police officer who was one of the 58 people.

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday in honor of shooting victim Denise Burditus on the football field of the Hedgesville, West Virginia, high school she graduated from in 1985.

Burditus, 50, had posted a photo on Facebook earlier Sunday of herself and her husband standing in front of the stage at the Vegas concert. Her husband later posted on his Facebook page that the mother of two died in his arms.

In other tributes, NFL fans held up their phones to shine flashlights during a moment of silence for the shooting victims before a game in Florida on Thursday between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots.

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Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed to this report from Las Vegas.

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