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Vegas shooter possibly targeted fuel tanks as part of escape plan

A bullet pierced an aviation fuel tank and struck another during the Oct. 1 shooting on the concert crowd at Route 91. (Craig Fiegener/KSNV)

A bullet pierced an aviation fuel tank and struck another during the Oct. 1 shooting on the concert crowd at Route 91.

Police had previously said they believed Stephen Paddock targeted the tanks, but it was unclear if they’d been hit.

On Wednesday, after police made a small portion of the crime scene public again, an evidence marker could be seen next to a bullet hole on one tank.

The fuel tanks, which sit side by side, are located roughly 600 feet east of the Route 91 concert venue.

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Information that the tanks were targets first surfaced during a press conference on Oct. 9.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo suggested Paddock wanted to create an explosion as part of an elaborate escape plan.

“It would have enabled first responders to be directing their attention to other locations, which would enable Paddock to just leave the hotel,” he said.

There had been speculation the tanks were hit by accident.

“It is believed the fuel tanks were fired upon with intent,” said Lombardo, during a press briefing on Oct. 13.

Experts, who have spoken with News 3, say the chance of an explosion is virtually impossible.

Aviation fuel tanks are wrapped in heavy insulation, and there’s no air inside.

The tanks are on the most-eastern edge of the crime scene, which remains intact, as it was the night of Oct. 1.


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