Gunman motive riddle
Thousands of leads draw blank on Las Vegas massacre
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.