The Las Vegas shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino that left 59 dead and over 500 wounded has had a devastating impact on America. So far, there is no explanation as to why this took place.
The mysterious events behind the massacre have many scratching their heads with suspicion, including Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chair of the House Oversight Committee. Gowdy questioned the current narrative, saying “it is difficult to believe that a single person could have done this without detection.”
The current opinion among investigators is that 64-year-old shooter Stephen Paddock acted alone. He was staying in his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay since September 28 and had 23 firearms with him. Investigators found 10 suitcases which are presumed to be the containers in which the firearms and ammunition were transported to the hotel room.
Police subsequently found 19 additional firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, explosives, and electronics at Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada. Despite the high number of weapons and ammunition in his room at the time of the crime, no staff member or resident at the hotel reported suspicious behavior.
Rep. Gowdy finds it odd that Paddock failed to arouse suspicion in the days leading up to his shooting spree, in which he fired down from his room on the 32nd floor of the hotel at a crowd of 22,000 country music fans attending an outdoor concert.
“It’s an incredible level of premeditation that you don’t ordinarily see,” Gowdy said. “And it is difficult to believe that a single person could have done this without detection.” The South Carolina Congressman went on to assert that citizens reporting suspicious activity helps to prevent crime.
“And so, I hope that what comes out of this is … lots of crime is prevented because a non-law enforcement officer says something; the weapons and whether or not it was altered to become fully automatic and the premeditation of picking a certain hotel room,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy predicts investigators will discover people who viewed Paddock as suspicious but failed to report him to authorities. For Gowdy, the amount of premeditation involved on Paddock’s part made going undetected unlikely.
“I think we’re going to find someone along the way was suspicious, and they should have turned that suspicion into a phone call to law enforcement,” he said. “It’s an incredible amount of premeditation to not go detected.” Police have not yet publicly released information about camera footage, which may shed light on how Paddock transported his stockpile of firearms into his hotel room.
Stephen Paddock doesn’t seem to fit any profiles of cold-blooded killers, provoking mystery regarding his motivation. He had no criminal record outside a routine citation that was handled in court. He also had no history of mental illness, and investigators have yet to find a link to international terror — the seemingly only one clue into Paddock’s psyche.
The shooter’s father, an FBI most wanted bank robber, was taken into custody when the young Paddock was seven years old. His father later escaped from prison and was distant from his children.
Paddock’s girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley of the Philippines, returned to the US from a trip abroad Tuesday night. The FBI met her at the airport. Danley has been classified a “person of interest,” but for the moment she is not a suspected accomplice in the case.
Time will tell whether or not people noticed Paddock’s accrual of weaponry to his hotel room. Time will also tell whether or not Gowdy is correct.
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