KILLING FOR NO REASON Investigators find no motive for mass shooting as city mourns
LAS VEGAS: Leaked excerpts of anFBI interview with gunman Stephen 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 said.
Police said yesterday they had looked at “everything” in Stephen Paddock’s life and could find no motive for what drove him to commit Amer- ica’s worst mass shooting.
Saying they could find “no known nexus” to suggest Paddock was acting on behalf of ISIS, Las Vegas police confirmed he was alone in room 32135 of the Mandalay Bay casino when he opened fire last Sunday night.
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 yesterday re- leased a stateement saying she he “continues to cooperate fully with the investigation”.n”.
“She does not ot anticipate making any public statements today ay or in the immediate future,” ” he said.
Two bullets fired during the mass shooting in struck a large jet fuel storage tank at the edge of McCarran International Airport, and one round pierced the tank, but there was no fire or explosion.
Airport authorities de- clined to speculate on whether the gunman was aiming to hit the cylindrical 43,000-barrel fuel tank or whether the vessel was struck by two stray rounds in the midst of the shooting spree. But the position of the fuel tank, about twicetwi as far from Paddock’sdoc high-rise hotel perch as the country music festivalfestiva and at a different angle to the hotel, suggested he deliberatelydel aimed at the tank.
His arsenal also included tracer bulletsb that can improve firing accuracy in the dark but it wasn’t clear whether he fired any.
Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill yesterday expressed the frustration of police and FBI officers who had “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 do not still have a clear motive or reason why,” Sheriff McMahill 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.”