Nearly two weeks later, investigators have yet to announce a potential motive behind the Las Vegas massacre, which killed 58 concertgoers and left hundreds more wounded. It may never be known what drove Stephen Paddock to shoot innocent people enjoying a country music festival from 32 stories up. But criminal profiler John Kelly tells PEOPLE he believes Paddock was born a killer.
“What would drive somebody that is so methodical and structured in life to go insane in a very structured and methodical way?” Kelly, who acknowledges he never met the shooter, wonders. “Paddock was a pathological gambler, psychopath and a sociopath. He was predisposed from birth and childhood to harbor extreme internalized shame, low self-esteem, depression, and aggressive anger.”
Kelly adds: “This was exacerbated with pathological gambling, Valium and alcohol that caused the perfect storm for mass murder: a delusional,
More than a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, investigators are still stumped about what led high-stakes gambler Paddock to carry out his horrific attack.
New details released earlier this week indicate Paddock shot hotel security guard Jesus Campos six minutes before he shot at the crowd – contradicting an earlier statement that he was wounded after the mass shooting began. Authorities also said that after Paddock shot at Campos through the door of his room on the 32nd floor, the gunman didn’t fire any more shots into the crowd. “It was kind of relentless”. “He manually called down and he used his radio to call”.
The Las Vegas gunman opened fire on a security guard six minutes before he rained down bullets on a crowd and killed 58 people, officials said on Monday in a change to the timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, was seen on numerous occasions in Las Vegas without any person accompanying him and he gambled the night before the shooting, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference. He killed himself after the attack.
“This individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is difficult for us to find the answers,” said Lombardo, who said he was frustrated with the speed of the investigation.
Paddock sprayed an outdoor concert with bursts of gunfire from high above in a Las Vegas hotel window on Oct. 1, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, before shooting himself.
The FBI quickly denied the claim Monday morning and said the shooter, Stephen Paddock, had no connection with the terrorist group. “That’s the one in this one, and we are not there yet”, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said.
But what motivated Paddock to kill dozens of strangers and whether he had help remains a mystery.
Paddock was responsible for shooting and killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 others at a Jason Aldean concert across from the Mandalay Bay hotel, according to law enforcement. They also revealed that he rented an apartment overlooking another music festival, which took place in the city the previous weekend.
Lombardo’s remarks were made at press conference, which raised as many questions as it answered and suggested that, 72 hours after the attack, after an extensive interview with Paddock’s girlfriend Marilou Danley, and examining his computers,
Las Vegas shooting that left more than 50 people dead Sunday night. Paddock lived in the 55-plus retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, about 80 miles outside of Las Vegas, according to news reports.
The community boasts an 18-hole golf course that winds through picturesque desert mesas, indoor and outdoor pools, and a sprawling community clubhouse. “People are very friendly,” says Doug Morgan, 71, who moved to Sun City from Washington state last June with his wife, Joyce. The two enjoy swimming, hiking, and having coffee with fellow residents. “I joke to my wife, I need to go get a job so I can rest.”
Morgan says he didn’t know Paddock, who lived about a
As word of the massacre spread, intuition kicked in.
Laurel Harper scanned her son’s room searching for his collection of guns. She worried he might be the killer at Umpqua Community College, the man responsible for Oregon’s deadliest mass shooting, the person who murdered eight classmates and one teacher while injuring eight others.
Worry soon turned to certainty. Outside the apartment, through the dining room window, Harper saw a deputy unspooling crime-scene tape.
“And I already know the answer,” she recounted for detectives, just hours after the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting in Roseburg.
Before the shooter at Umpqua Community College took the lives of eight of his fellow students and one of his teachers, he had typed a six-page manifesto depicting himself as a lonely, dejected 26-year-old similar to other mass shooters.
He rambled in his writing about being a virgin and having no friends. He glorified killing and glorified other killers. He included a lengthy racist rant about black men. He expressed satanic views.
He wrote that he had “no job, no life, no successes” to speak of. He wrote that his “success in Hell is assured.” He wrote that when he died, he’d become a demon.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released the document for the first time Friday as part of the agency’s investigation into the Oct. 1, 2015 massacre at Umpqua. Christopher Harper-Mercer opened fire inside a Snyder Hall classroom, killing nine people and wounding eight others before exchanging gunfire with
Douglas County law enforcement officials had not released records of any kind over the course of their 18-month investigation into the mass shooting that left 10 people dead, including the shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, and eight others injured.
Killed in the shooting were Lawrence Levine, Lucero Alcaraz, Quinn Cooper, Lucas Eibel, Jason Johnson, Treven Anspach, Rebecka Carnes, Kim Saltmarsh Dietz and Sarena Moore. The Oregonian/OregonLive published a series of mini-profiles at the time.
Reporters are reading through the investigation report now. We will post details here as we absorb the report’s findings.
4:48 p.m.Signing off on live updates for now
We are preparing longer stories to sum it all up shortly.
4:20 p.m. Police: Shooter told friend he was once molested
Over the weekend, Steve Stephens filmed his own shooting of 74-year-old father and grandfather Robert Godwin Sr. Media outlets extensively covered the shooting and videos of Stephens discussing his alleged killing of a dozen other people.
CNN’s senior media correspondent and “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter brought video games into the mix. While participating in a CNN roundtable with “Newsroom” host Ana Cabrera, Stelter described a video posted by the shooter as looking “like a video game.” The video shows Stephens walking up to Godwin, telling him to say the name of a woman, claiming the woman is the reason for the shooting, then pointing his gun at Godwin and pulling the trigger.
“Because if you think about video games, they’re first-person shooters,” Stelter commented. “People in a game, they have a controller, the gun is in front of them and they’re firing. That is how a lot of young people experience