LAS VEGAS (AP) — These looking for to know the motive of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock have had little extra to chase than hints and shadows.
Paddock led such a low-key, personal life that nobody appeared to know him nicely, and people who did had no sense he was able to the deadliest mass capturing in trendy American historical past.
The place different mass killers have left behind a path of plain-sight clues that assist investigators shortly perceive what drove them to violence, Paddock, sixty four, had almost no shut buddies, social media presence or different clear connections to the broader world.
Even the No. 2 official within the FBI stated Wednesday he was stunned investigators haven’t uncovered extra about why a person with no apparent felony report would trigger a lot bloodshed.
“There’s all types of issues that shock us in every one in every of these occasions. That’s the one on this one, and we aren’t there but,” FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stated. “We now have lots of work to do.”
Working with what little they know, investigators have zeroed in on a weapon-shopping for binge Paddock went on one yr earlier than he gunned down fifty eight individuals Sunday at a rustic music pageant from a thirty second-flooring room on the Mandalay Bay on line casino resort earlier than killing himself.
They marvel if he had some type of psychological break on the time that drove him to start out planning for mass homicide.
Additionally they know he rented an condominium in a Las Vegas excessive-rise over one other music pageant the weekend earlier than the bloodbath, although not why.
They know he was a serious gambler and are taking a look at associated data, although even in very public casinos he performed the very personal recreation of video poker.
They know he had a plan to outlive the capturing and attempt to escape, although wouldn’t say how.
“This particular person and this assault didn’t depart the kind of instantly accessible thumbprints that you simply discover on some mass casualty assaults,” McCabe stated. “Placing apart the considerably doubtful claims of duty that we see in every considered one of these situations, we search for precise indicators of affiliation, of motive, of intent, and thus far we’re not there. We don’t have these type of indicators.”
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo stated at a information convention Wednesday night time that Paddock should have had some assist alongside the best way given his large arsenal the explosive supplies present in his automotive, and his meticulous plan, however they don’t know who that could be.
Some who thought they knew him intimately might present no assist.
“He by no means stated…