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Sheriff: Las Vegas shooter had heavy gambling losses

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/03/17, 12:30 pm

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was losing money gambling and “going in the wrong direction” financially the past two years, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told a local news station. Investigators still have not nailed down Paddock’s motive for the Oct. 1 mass shooting, which killed 58 people, but Lombardo said his gambling losses might have played a role. The sheriff told KLAS that Paddock worried about how his friends, family, and the casino perceived him. “Obviously, that was starting to decline in a short period of time, and that may have a determining effect on why he decided to do what he did,” Lombardo said. Stanford University scientists are inspecting Paddock’s brain tissue for neurological problems that might help explain his decision to commit the massacre.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sun, 11/05/2017 01:59 am

    The motive is still in limbo and likely we will never know.

  • Dick Friedrich
    Posted: Sun, 11/05/2017 03:12 pm

    Trying to identify a material cause for evil is one indication of how lost our culture is. Do we really believe that good and evil are that simple? Even if some sort of "abnormality" in the brain can be linked to an action (good or bad) we still have the question of where the abnormality came from and does this negate responsibility? And if there is "a pill" that can be taken to prevent the abnomality who decides who should get the pill and who doesn't? And, should "normal" be defined scientifically? Not with standing the benefits of studying things scientifically we reveal a great emptiness of soul if we trust that science (or the material world) can adequately address the brokenness of the world and our heart.