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FBI: No motive found in Vegas attack

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/30/19, 11:34 am

The FBI concluded its 16-month investigation into the 2017 Las Vegas massacre on Tuesday, saying it found no specific motive behind the shooting that killed 58 people. On Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,000 bullets in 11 minutes from a 32nd-floor hotel suite into a crowd of 22,000 country music fans at an outdoor festival. More than 400 people were shot but survived, and hundreds more were injured in the panicking crowd. Paddock, who acted alone, fatally shot himself as police closed in on him in his Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino suite.

The bureau released a long-awaited report on Tuesday that found no “single or clear motivating factor” to explain why Paddock, 64, planned and executed the mass shooting. “It wasn’t about MGM, Mandalay Bay, or a specific casino or venue,” said Aaron Rouse, the agent in charge of the FBI Las Vegas office. “It was all about doing the maximum amount of damage and him obtaining some form of infamy.”

The report, compiled by the FBI Behavior Analysis Unit, said Paddock’s father’s reputation as a bank robber who was once on the FBI’s most wanted list might have inspired him. It also said Paddock’s physical and mental health was declining. The retired postal service worker, accountant, and real estate investor had complained that he was sick and depressed months before the shooting. His brother called him the “king of microaggression”—narcissistic and detail-oriented. He also had a gambling habit that made him a sought-after casino patron.

But the FBI could find no evidence that any group directed or inspired his plot, nor was he seeking to further any agenda. He was a loner with no religious or political affiliations, and he did not leave a manifesto or suicide note. “He acted alone. He committed a heinous act. He died by his own hand,” Rouse said. “If he wanted to leave a message, he would have left a message. Bottom line is he didn’t want people to know.”

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Kiley Crossland

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  •  austinbeartux's picture
    Posted: Wed, 01/30/2019 01:52 pm

    His possible desire for infamy is a good theory.  But often the simplest explanation is the right one.  The people he shot were country music fans which demographically are mostly (but not all) conservative, Republican, Christians.  If that was his motivation, do you think the FBI would have come forth with that as his motive?  I don't think so.  (I'll take off my conspiratorial hat now.)

  • DEBI
    Posted: Wed, 01/30/2019 05:29 pm

    I have always thought that there was more to this story that they weren't telling us ... 

    and I still feel the same way!

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Wed, 01/30/2019 07:59 pm

    I agree too, Debi. So many unanswered questions, which I'm sure we'd be told were thoroughly investigated. Sandy Hook all over again, and the shooter is "conveniently" dead, so the secrets died with them.

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 06:22 am

    Thanks for this report Kiley. Very sad. Words don't really seem to fit the horror of what he did. A depraved individual did it. We have a plausible, and likely, investigative report. Unfounded conspiratorial theories accomplish nothing and get us off the track of the sad and lost human condition without Christ. If we want to posit a conspiracy, Ephesians 6:10 cf and 1 John 5:19 are a better place to look for a whodunit that we can hang our hat on. Evil is tangible, present, often palpable and will lose in the end. We can hang our hats on that.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 04:46 am

    I’ll agree with Steve Shive  in this: Paddock firmly in Satan’s grasp; most certainly what we call mentally ill; sociopathic—had no feelings for those he was hurting and killing.  

    I suspect he was the kind who would have cursed you if you tried to tell him God loved him. 

    I think there are many like him but fortunately few who are bold enough to take such drastic action to express the anger and hatred inside. Go to any liberal-leaning news-site and read the comments after an article about some current aspect of the struggle between left and right. After some widely read articles you can find literally thousands of angry hate filled comments by people who sound as if they could be the next Stephen Paddock. 

    Lord, help us!