UPDATE: Readers have confirmed the individual in question is not the suspect in the shooting. The images have removed.
Las Vegas Metro Police Department is trying to determine if the shooter in Sunday’s mass shooting rampage was in Reno for a protest against President Donald Trump.
Internet sleuthing led readers to ThisisReno to see if a man pictured at the August Trump rally in Reno is the shooter, Stephen Paddock, who was a resident of Reno and Mesquite.
Metro Detective Scott Baker said that they are trying to rule out all leads.
“There has been information that the suspect and his girlfriend may have attended some political rallies / protests in the Reno, Nevada area,” he said.
In a message to rally organizers, Baker wrote: “We would like to request that any organizations involved in the area please check [their] membership rolls, email lists, or any other lists of active participants, in order to determine if either Stephen Paddock or Marilou Danley had contact with any of your organizations.”
ThisisReno has been contacted by a handful individuals wanting more images of the man photographed by ThisisReno photographer Ty O’Neil.
SWAT and federal agents raided Paddock’s Reno home yesterday seeking more clues into the shooting that left 59 dead and hundreds wounded.
While most online conspiracy theories are debunked, and Paddock is not known to have any strong political affiliations, anyone with information is asked to contact Baker at 702-828-2223.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor, and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time research appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.