KILLING FOR NO REA­SON In­ves­ti­ga­tors find no mo­tive for mass shoot­ing as city mourns

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.”

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