This morning’s updates to the story of the Las Vegas mass shooting still haven’t answered the baffling questions of what possible motive Stephen Paddock might have had for such a horrific act and how he planned and executed it without being detected. One piece of the puzzle seems, at least at the moment, to be a dead end. His girlfriend Marilou Danley is back in the US from the Philippines, but she and her sisters claim to have had no idea he was planning anything so awful.
According to them, he sent Danley away and she didn’t even know where she was going until he told her he’d found her a “cheap ticket” to her native Philippines. Danley reportedly told the FBI that she thought Paddock was a “kind, caring, quiet man” who wired the $100,000 to the Philippines for her family to buy a house, and that she was pleased at first because she thought they would have a future together, then later feared the money was a way of breaking up with her. She said she was devastated by his actions and promised to cooperate in any way she can. But so far, everything she’s said just indicates that she’s as baffled as anyone else by what he did.
Police are following any leads to try to track down the motivations, movements and any possible connections that the Vegas killer might have had. Thus far, they haven’t found any answers, at least nothing much that they’re willing to reveal publicly. Searches of his computer and other effects haven’t turned up any signs of radial affiliations or mental illness. They believe he might have led a secret life and begun assembling his arsenal decades ago. They assume he must’ve had some help, but so far, they haven’t located any accomplices.
Some other possibly important revelations: The weekend before the shooting, he rented an apartment overlooking the "Life Is Beautiful" alt-rock music festival, but they’re not sure why. He was a major gambler but mostly at video poker, which again means no connections with any other human being who might be able to shed any light. He apparently had a plan to survive and escape, but he committed suicide instead.
Add these to the growing list of puzzling mysteries that authorities are working to solve. And in the meantime, please continue praying for the victims, some of whom were injured so badly, they’re still fighting for their lives.
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