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Police close investigation into Las Vegas shooting

by Les Sillars
Posted 8/03/18, 01:40 pm

Law enforcement officials in Las Vegas announced Friday that they have closed their investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, but they could not explain what drove a gunman to unleash a hail of gunfire from a hotel room that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more. An extensive investigation found no evidence of a conspiracy or a second gunman. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Stephen Paddock was “an unremarkable man” who showed signs of a troubled mind leading up to the Oct. 1 shooting into a concert crowd of 22,000 people. Paddock, a reclusive, high-stakes gambler, spent about $1.5 million in the two years before the shooting, including $600,000 paid to casinos and $95,000 in firearms-related purchases, but he still had $530,000 in various bank accounts.

Officials have said the attack had no link to international terrorism, but hotel owner MGM Resorts International wants federal courts to qualify the shooting as an act of terrorism under a 2001 statute, which would relieve the company of liability to survivors or families of slain victims.

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Les Sillars

Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine's Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College and resides in Purcellville, Va., with his family.

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  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Mon, 08/06/2018 05:45 am

    It is good when authorites simply admit the unexplainable.  I suspect the motive was a kind of bloodlust of an empty soul.  Spending one's life's savings to snuff out life is just another summit to climb of existential vanity.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 08/06/2018 04:50 pm

    I’m not sure a millionaire who makes firearms-related purchases totaling $95,000 could really be called “an unremarkable man.”

    Going to stick my neck out here and say, someone saw some alarming things about this man and his purchases, yet said nothing. I think it is particularly up to those of us in the firearms-enthusiast community to have some concern for what others in our ranks may have going on. 

    Of course, as in the case of the many reports of scary behavior by the (eventual) Stoneman-Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz, law enforcement might fail to investigate. 

    But that possibility relieves no one of their responsibilities.