12 Still no killer motive
LEAKED excerpts of the FBI interview with Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s Australian partner have revealed her concerns about his mental state.
Police yesterday said they had looked at “everything” in Paddock’s life and could find no motive for what drove him to commit America’s deadliest mass shooting.
Saying they could find “no known nexus” to suggest he was acting on behalf of Islamic State, Las Vegas police confirmed he was alone in room 32135 of the Mandalay Bay casino resort when he opened fire last Sunday night, local time.
Part of the FBI interview with Paddock’s partner, former Gold Coast woman Marilou Danley, reveal she was concerned he was displaying “mental health symptoms”.
“She said he would lie in bed, just moaning and screaming, ‘Oh, my God’,” a former FBI official briefed on the interview told NBC News.
Officials have confirmed Paddock, 64, was recently prescribed Valium, commonly used to treat anxiety.
Ms Danley, 62, has not been seen publicly since her interview on Wednesday in LA. Her lawyer yesterday released a statement saying she “continues to co-operate fully with the investigation”.
“She does not anticipate making any public statements today or in the immediate future,” he said.
Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill yesterday expressed the frustration of police and FBI officers who have “run down well more than 1000 leads in this investigation”.
“Some of it has helped create a better profile into the madness of this suspect but we still do not have a clear motive or reason why,” said Sheriff McMahill. “In past terror attacks or mass murder cases, motive was made very clear by a note that was left by a social media post, by a telephone call that was made.
“Today, in our investigation, we don’t have any of that uncovered. I wish we did.”
He issued an appeal for anyone with any clues to come forward.
Sheriff McMahill also offered details about the hotel security guard credited with saving countless lives after he approached Paddock’s room and distracted him.
“Jesus Campos hero,” he said.
“He went up there to investigate and as he was doing his job diligently, he came under fire from our suspect.
“He was struck in the leg, and he turned around, retreated. He notified his dispatch, which was absolutely critical to us knowing the location, as well as advising the responding officers as they arrived.
“I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job of recognising him and his actions. For that I apologise.
“I want to clear the record. He is an absolute hero,” Sheriff McMahill said. is a true