Here is the latest on what we know about Stephen Paddock, the man behind the shooting in Las Vegas that has now left 59 people dead and over 500 injured, some critically. Las Vegas Police are deliberately not revealing a great deal of information because the investigation is ongoing. If anyone else is involved, they don’t want to tip their hand (they’ve also launched a second investigation into who leaked a photo of Paddock’s body to the media).
His alleged girlfriend was initially cleared of any involvement in the attack, but she’s been brought back from the Philippines and is now being called a “person of interest.” So far, no motivation for the mass killing has been found or at least revealed. ISIS took credit, that claim was dismissed as unfounded, but then they claimed it again. Whether there is any validity to it is still an open question, although Paddock’s brother claims he had no particular political or religious affiliations.
What he did have was a huge arsenal of weaponry and ammunition that must have cost a lot of money and taken months to assemble, leading to the assumption that he had been planning this attack for quite a while. It’s believed that he illegally converted a semi-automatic rifle to an automatic rifle. And police say the death toll might have been much higher except he miscalculated. They believe his room was so filled with smoke and noise from his shooting that he mistakenly thought the police were closer than they were, so he committed suicide before they actually arrived.
Those are the major developments since yesterday. There can be no rational explanation for what happened, but we are still awaiting even an irrational explanation. Let’s hope the media will allow the police to do their job and not get in the way. If anyone else was involved, don’t let leaks or the pursuit of a story help that person escape justice.
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