Gun­man mo­tive rid­dle

Thou­sands of leads draw blank on Las Ve­gas mas­sacre

Sunday Tasmanian - - World - SARAH BLAKE

PO­LICE in Las Ve­gas said yes­ter­day they had looked at “every­thing” in Stephen 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 Pad­dock was act­ing on be­half of Is­lamic State, Las Ve­gas po­lice as­serted he was alone in room 32135 of the Man­dalay Bay casino when he opened fire last Sun­day night.

Leaked ex­cerpts of the FBI in­ter­view with Pad­dock’s Aus­tralian part­ner, 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, which is com­monly used to treat anx­i­ety.

Ms Dan­ley, 62, has not been seen pub­licly since her in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day in LA.

Her lawyer re­leased a state- ment say­ing she “con­tin­ues to co-op­er­ate fully with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

Clark County Un­der­sh­er­iff Kevin McMahill yes­ter­day ex­pressed the frus­tra­tion of po­lice and FBI of­fi­cers who have “run down well more than 1000 leads”.

“Some of it has helped cre­ate a bet­ter pro­file into the mad­ness of this sus­pect but we do not still have a clear mo­tive or rea­son why,” he said.

“In the 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.

“We do not clearly have a mo­tive or a rea­son why.”

Po­lice said they were con­fi­dent Pad­dock was alone on Sun­day night, but be­lieve some­one may have had knowl­edge of his plans.

Sher­iff McMahill praised the ho­tel se­cu­rity guard cred­ited with sav­ing count­less lives af­ter ap­proach­ing Pad­dock’s room and dis­tract­ing him.

“Je­sus Cam­pos is a true hero,” he said.

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