12 Still no killer mo­tive

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - SARAH BLAKE US COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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

Mar­ilou Dan­ley

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