Who Was Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock And What Was His Motive

By Rachel Blevins

While there are still relatively few details about the man responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in US history, or his motive to kill at least 50 people and injure over 400 people, here is what we know so far, courtesy of the Telegraph and other public data sources.

The gunman behind this morning’s Las Vegas shooting, is believed to be a grandfather who lived in a remote desert home in Mestique, Nevada, reports Telegraph’s Leon Watson. Stephen Paddock, 64, was named by police as the perpetrator who left more than 50 dead. He was killed when officers blasted their way into his hotel room. Las Vegas police said they had located “numerous firearms within the room that he occupied.” Las Vegas Sheriff Lombardo said officers had confronted Paddock on the 32nd floor across the street from the concert. “There were at least 8 guns and a number of long rifles in the alleged shooter’s room”, per Las Vegas Police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill.

Police believe Paddock, a local resident, was a “lone wolf” attacker. Lombardo did not give further details, however, on Paddock’s background or possible motivation. “We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor.”

Recordings of the attack suggested that Paddock used an automatic weapon. Paddock, who arrived at the hotel on Thursday, was found with more than 10 rifles, Lombardo said. Relatives said they knew Paddock owned guns, but believed they were legal.

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Before he opened fire late Sunday, gunman Stephen Paddock lived a quiet life for years in a small town outside Las Vegas, the WaPo writes.

A retired man, Paddock often visited Las Vegas to gamble and take in concerts, his relatives said. Public records show he was a licensed pilot, who owned two planes. And he had a hunting license from Alaska. For several years, he appeared to live in Mesquite, Tex. But property records show he chose to move to another town named Mesquite in Nevada, where he bought a home in 2013 and has been living there ever since.

Paddock’s family said there was nothing in his past that would suggest violence. “We are in complete shock bewilderment and horror. We have absolutely no idea how in the world Steve did this. Absolutely no concept,” said one relative, who spoke anonymously to avoid hurting other relatives. “There was nothing secret or strange about him.”

Family members said that Paddock spent much of his retirement in recent years staying in hotels in Las Vegas and gambling. They said he listened to country music and went to concerts at Vegas hotels.

Las Vegas police said authorities were in the process of searching Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nev., on Monday morning. Quinn Averett, a spokesman for Mesquite Police in Nevada said Paddock was unknown to local authorities in the city where he owns a home 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Mesquite police have no recorded interactions with Paddock. Las Vegas police said this about Lombardo.

“We have no investigative information or background associated with this individual that is derogatory,” Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. “The only thing we can tell is he received a citation several years ago, that citation was handled as a matter of normal practice in the court system.”

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, the brother of the Las Vegas shooter said that he was a normal guy who must have “snapped.” Eric Paddock said that ‘something happened’ to make his brother Stephen kill at least 50 people and injure 200. Eric said that there was ‘absolutely no indication he could do something like this’ and said that Stephen had no political or religious affiliation.

He said: ‘He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something’. Speaking from his home in Orlando, Florida, Eric said: ‘We know absolutely nothing, this is just, we are dumbfounded. We have absolutely no idea. Our condolences go to the victims and all their families’.

Eric said that he and Stephen, 64, lived on different coasts – Stephen’s last address was in Mesquite, Nevada – and that they did not speak that often. He said that his mother was ‘in shock’ and struggling to cope with the news.

He said: “Our family is OK, we’re sitting in here in our house hoping that everyone doesn’t attack us.”

‘He’s my brother, we don’t have a very close relationship but we talk occasionally. There’s no rhyme or reason here, it makes no sense’. He said: ‘She has nothing to do with this, at least from my perspective. ‘He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something, he was just a guy.

‘He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn’t a terror attack’.

Separately, Eric Paddock told CBS News his brother was “not an avid gun guy at all”. He added: “The fact that he had those kinds of weapons is just… where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background or anything like that.

“He’s a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite and drove down and gambled in Las Vegas.”

In the latest police update, Las Vegas undersheriff Kevin McMahill confirmed that Stephen Paddock died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as police made entry to his Las Vegas hotel room. He also confirmed that Paddock, who is believed to have checked into the hotel on Thursday, had more than 10 guns.

McMahill added that Marilou Danley is overseas and that officers have made contact with her.  She is believed to be Australian and of Indonesian origin.

WHERE WAS HE FROM?

Paddock is reported to have lived in a retirement village in Mesquite, Nevada, since June 2016 and was born on April 9, 1953. It is claimed he previously lived in Reno, Nevada, from 2011 to 2016, and also had an address in Melbourne, Florida, from 2013 to 2015. He has also lived in Henderson, Nevada, and several locations in California since 1990, it is reported.

Mesquite is located about 80 miles, or an hour and 16 minutes, away from Las Vegas, along Nevada’s border with Arizona. Mesquite, a city in Clark County, is home to about 17,400 people, including several retirement communities, along with casinos and golf courses.

DID HE ACT ALONE?

Despite initial reports of multiple gunmen, police do not believe at this time that there were any other attackers. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, described Paddock as a “lone wolf”. Officers were initially seeking his traveling companion – Marilou Danley – who has now been located. She is believed to have been his roommate, however the police have since announced they do not believe she was involved in the shooting.

At this stage, Paddock does not have any known ties to terrorist organization and no motive has been put forward. When asked by a reporter if it was an act of terrorism, Sheriff Lombardo said: “No, not at this point. We believe it was a local individual. He resides here locally.

“I’m not at liberty to give you his place of residence yet, because it’s an ongoing investigation, we don’t know what his belief system was at this time. … Right now we believe he is the sole aggressor at this point and the scene is static.”

WAS PADDOCK KNOWN TO AUTHORITIES?

NBC reports that he was. But public records do not show any criminal convictions for Paddock in Nevada. Mesquite Police told CBS News that he was not known to them, and that he lived in a retirement community, is a white male and wasn’t a military veteran.

WHAT WAS HIS MOTIVE?

He was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.

“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “We’ve located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied.”

HOW DID HE DIE?

According to Las Vegas undersheriff Kevin McMahill, Stephen Paddock died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as police made entry to his Las Vegas hotel room. He also confirmed that Paddock, who is believed to have checked into the hotel on Thursday, had more than 10 guns.

TERRORISM?

In a surprising development, the Islamic State’s news agency Amaq has claimed responsibility for the concert attack, alleging that Stephen Paddock converted to Islam “months ago“. There is no evidence for these claims. This despite police in Las Vegas stating there is no link to international terrorism. Of course, with Paddock dead from an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound, it will be impossible to confirm or deny this allegation.

This article (Who Was Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock And What Was His Motive) was originally published on The Last American Vagabond and syndicated by The Event Chronicle

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HERE ARE 5 FAST FACTS ON THE REPORTS SURROUNDING THE DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN RECENT UNITED STATES HISTORY, WHICH HAS LEFT 50 DEAD AND OVER 400 INJURED.

(TFTP) A shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night has resulted in reports that indicate the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, with 50 dead and over 400 injured. There have been a number of reports in the hours since the massacre. Here are 5 fast facts:

1. THE GUNMAN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS STEPHEN CRAIG PADDOCK, A 64-YEAR-OLD WHITE MALE

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a statement early Monday claiming that “the lone suspect involved in the late night mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as 64-year-old, Stephen Craig Paddock, a white male from Mesquite, Nevada.”

According to a spokesperson for the department, police in the area have had no previous contact with Paddock, and the only thing on his record was a minor traffic violation.

2. INITIAL REPORTS CLAIMED POLICE SHOT AND KILLED PADDOCK—BUT THEN CHANGED TO CLAIM PADDOCK WAS FOUND DEAD

When reports first surfaced about this shooting, they claimed the gunman was shot and killed by police. They then changed to claim that he was found dead in his hotel room.

Eric Paddock, the brother of Stephen Paddock, told Fox 35 that he was shocked to learn about the shooting, and would never have expected anything like it from his brother. He said Stephen was not affiliated with any groups or religions that would have inspired such an act.

“This really just fell on us,” the suspected gunman’s brother said. “We had absolutely no idea whatsoever. We have no idea why he did this, and that’s what you’re going to find out… I can’t imagine. What you guys find out about why this happened—let us know.”

3. THERE WERE ALSO CONFLICTING REPORTS ON THE NUMBER OF GUNMEN INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING

The shooting occurred in an open area where around 22,000 people were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert, and because the shooter was reportedly located on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, it created a chaotic situation on the ground.

It should be noted that some individuals on Twitter who claimed they were present during the shooting, also insisted that there were multiple shooters.

While police have confirmed that they have found the lone gunman suspect they were looking for, daylight has shown that at least two windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel were destroyed. If Stephen Paddock was the only one responsible for the shooting, it shows the scope of time and access he had, while carrying out the shooting.

The Free Thought Project spoke to a nurse currently working in a hospital in Las Vegas, who called the situation “a bloodbath.”

4. NEVADA HAS SOME OF THE MOST RELAXED GUN LAWS IN THE COUNTRY—WHICH WILL INEVITABLY COME UNDER SCRUTINY

Stephen Paddock was reportedly found “in possession of more than 10 rifles” in his hotel room. While most mass shootings typically result in a number of politicians calling for stricter gun laws, the state of Nevada is unique in that it has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the country.

Nevada allows open carry, does not require the registration of firearms, and has no magazine capacity restriction. Initial reports from witnesses claimed the shooting sounded like it was being carried out with a machine gun. While that has not been confirmed by police, the National Rifle Association noted that in the state, “it is lawful to possess, purchase or sell a machine gun or silencer that is legally registered and possessed in compliance with all federal laws and regulations.”

5. THE MEDIA HAS BEEN HESITANT TO LABEL THIS SHOOTING FOR WHAT IT IS—TERRORISM

The suspected gunman has been identified as a “local individual” by police after he took to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and began firing a barrage of shots outside out of a hotel room window. However, reports have claimed that police are not calling the shooting an act of terrorism “at this point.

When President Trump addressed the shooting, he referred to it as “an act of pure evil,” but refrained from calling it “terrorism.”

This is in spite of the recent statement from ISIS claiming responsibility for the attack.

A statement published by the group’s Amaq propaganda agency claimed the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State”.

“The Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State in response to calls to target coalition countries,” it said.
In a second statement, Isis claimed the gunman “converted to Islam several months ago”.

This article (Who Was Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock And What Was His Motive) was originally published on The Last American Vagabond and syndicated by The Event Chronicle

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  1. Many reports coming out about several shooters. But now the UK papaer the independant, is claiming ISIS were responsible.
    Its becoming another false flag farce