Las Vegas shooting suspect's motive remains a mystery

Clyde Nash
January 21, 2018

"Despite numerous interviews with Paddock's family, acquaintances and gambling contacts, investigators could not link Paddock to any specific ideology".

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock had paid off all of his gambling debts and lost a "significant amount" of money before killing 58 country music fans in the worst mass shooting in modern United States history, according to a new report on the October 2017 massacre released on Friday.

The sheriff in Las Vegas says a federal grand jury is hearing evidence in a case spun off of the October 1 mass shooting that became the deadliest in modern USA history.

A full report is expected by the end of this year. Other friends and family members told police that Paddock claimed to consistently feel ill, in pain or tired, but Paddock's physician told investigators that Paddock's only major ailment was a muscle tear from a slip-and-fall incident in a casino three years before the shooting.

Lombardo says the FBI has "an ongoing case against an individual of federal interest". Police have previously said that 58 people died in the attack. Officials told reporters Friday that investigators determined 422 people suffered injuries as a direct result of gunfire, while another 851 individuals suffered other injuries during the attack.

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Investigators have still not found what inspired Stephen Paddock to leave on the most noticeably bad mass shooting in current US history however established that he looked into SWAT strategies in front of the slaughter and explored other conceivable targets, including the well known California shoreline in Santa Monica, authorities said Friday.

Paddock also googled "How tall is Mandalay Bay" by his Dell laptop, the report said.

Whether Paddock secured hotel rooms, rental cars or concert tickets in connection with a possible Grant Park Music Festival attack is not part of the Las Vegas police report.

During the brief press conference, the sheriff said he was going against normal protocols to release this information.

Though investigators don't plan to charge Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Daniel, Lombardo said the department was investigating one other person and charges could be filed within the next two months. The report then details Paddock's increasing stockpile of deadly weapons, saying from 2016 to 2017 the gunman legally purchased "55 firearms". They also found child pornography on his computer.

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With questions still unanswered about the shooter's motive and whether he had help, Las Vegas police are due to provide a public update Friday about the investigation of the October 1 shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured on the Las Vegas Strip. The judge agreed to wait until at least next week.

Danley told investigators that they would find her fingerprints on bullets used during the attack because she would sometimes help Paddock load high-volume ammunition magazines, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation records.

Lombardo is the elected head of the metropolitan police department.

While intimately detailed - including a thorough sequence of events leading up to the shooting and assessments of Paddock, girlfriend Marilou Danley, and Mandalay Bay staff Security Officer Jesus Campos and Engineer Stephen Schuck - the report notably includes no motive to Paddock's mass murder.

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