Police are still investigating the specifics surrounding the Las Vegas shooting, but have yet to announce conclusive results as to a variety of issues.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo dropped a hint that Stephen Paddock, the shooter in the recent Las Vegas massacre, may have been radicalized. “I want to understand the motivation … to prevent any future incidents, and, you know, did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us? And we want to identify that source,” he said Tuesday.
On Sunday night, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of over 22,000 country music fans from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. He opened fire on the crowd around 10:00 PM killing 59 and wounding over 500 more. He was found dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound when police blew the door open and breached the room around 10:24 PM, reports The Telegraph.
Police have uncovered 47 firearms stashed across three locations by Stephen Paddock including within the hotel room, inside his home, and at another residence near Reno, Nevada. Investigators found 12 rifles with modified bump-stocks in the hotel room, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. A bump-stock is a fairly simple modification that enables a semi-automatic weapon to replicate the firing speed of an automatic weapon.
Leaked pictures depict the bloody scene inside the hotel room, with rifles and shell casings scattered around the room. One picture depicts a deceased Stephen Paddock with blood pooling around his head. Another picture depicts what appears to be a note and pen, suggesting that the shooter left one final message for the world.
Despite suggestions of a suicide note, police have yet to identify a motive for the shooting. Speculation is running wild in the early stages of the investigation as Americans attempt to make sense of an inhuman act of evil.
To make matters more confusing, ISIS terrorists are claiming responsibility for the attack, according to The Daily Mail.
“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” claimed Amaq, the press corp of the Islamic State, referring to the coalition forces fighting in the Middle East. “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago,” they added.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo wants to understand the motivation of shooter. Could he have been radicalized?
However, American police say they have found no connection between Stephen Paddock and ISIS. Eric Paddock, the shooters brother, explained, “[Stephen] has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn’t a terror attack.”
The shooter’s girlfriend and roommate, Marilou Danley, has also been named as a person of interest in the FBI investigation. According to a spokesman for the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation, Danley arrived in the Philippines a few weeks before the massacre unfolded. The source added that “there was a wire transfer to her account for $100,000 from Stephen,” possibly suggesting that Danley had previous knowledge of the attack.
Danley has returned to the US on Tuesday for questioning. However, investigators have stated they do not believe she was involved in the crime.
Only time will tell as to whether Paddock was radicalized, or whether he was just a disturbed individual succumb to the evilest of inclinations. Regardless, his actions have shaken the nation, and America grieves for those affected.