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Authorities Still Have No Clear-Cut Motive in Las Vegas Shooting

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s certainly not for lack of trying.

After a detailed investigation, the FBI and local Las Vegas authorities are still unclear what motivated Stephen Paddock to open fire on the concert in Las Vegas.

“There’s a lot of effort being put into unraveling this horrific act,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told reporters following a ribbon-cutting for the FBI’s new Atlanta building, the Philadelphia Tribune reports. “We don’t know yet what the motive is, but that’s not for lack of trying, and if you know anything about the bureau we don’t give up easy.

 

What Law Enforcement Still Doesn’t Know about Las Vegas Shooter

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Eleven days after Stephen Paddock sprayed bullets into a large gathering of people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, investigators still have important, unanswered questions.

What motivated Paddock to kill 58 people and injure hundreds of others? Why did he stop shooting? Why did it take police 18 minutes to find Paddock? How painstaking was his planning.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities are trying to “draw the most accurate picture” possible of the shooting and what led up to it.

“There’s more than 20,000 moving parts associated with this investigation and it takes time,” he told CNN affiliate KLAS on Wednesday.

For reasons that remain a mystery to authorities, Paddock appeared to have stopped shooting after 10 minutes, even before authorities approached him.

FBI Investigates Mysterious Break-in at Home of Las Vegas Mass Shooter

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A week after Stephen Paddock opened fire onto a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas, leading to the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, the 64-year-old’s house in a normally quiet neighborhood of Reno was broken into.

Police said they immediately notified the FBI after discovering someone had broken into the home through the front door over the weekend, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports

It’s unclear what motivated the break-in. Officers didn’t notice anything missing, but said they are working with the FBI to “make sure there are no further incidents.”

Law enforcement raided Paddock’s home on Oct. 3, finding five handguns, two shotguns, numerous electronic devices and a “plethora of ammunition, Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said

FBI Stumped on What Motivated Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Unable to determine why Stephen Paddock opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas, the FBI is erecting billboards across Nevada encouraging people to help uncover his motive.

“We still do not have a clear motive or reason why,” a frustrated Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Friday, the Independent reports. “We have looked at literally everything.”

Investigators have examined 1,000 leads and the politics, finances and social behavior of Paddock but have yet to determine what prompted Paddock to pull off the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“We have been down each and every one of these paths,” McMahill said. “We all want answers.”

The billboards will encourage anyone with information to call 800-CALL-FBI.

“If you know something, say something,” said Aaron Rouse, agent in charge of the Las Vegas FBI office. “We will not stop until we have the truth.”

Retired FBI Agent: Set Up Threat Analysis Program for Gun Purchasers

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The mass shooting in Las Vegas has once again triggered cries for action to deal with rogue gun owners, particularly those who purchase an enormous amount of weapons and ammo in a short time.

A friend and retired FBI agent forwarded me an email the other day suggesting the government set up a threat analysis program for gun purchasers.

Here’s what he had to say:

There should be a risk management program that uses data bases with information about gun purchases. The program would identify key criteria that is a common thread in violent events: Number of weapons purchased by a single individual or by address or within a specified time period.

When those red flags are raised in the data base, the names of the purchasers would be turned over to the group that would conduct traces/searches and links to Federal cases and local incidents (not just reported crimes).

The group would develop a threshold to decide if the probe goes further. They would use social media searches, mental health agencies and interviews.

The arguments against creating such a group are overwhelming, cost being major.

Sure, it’s a needle in a haystack approach, but I am sure there are smarter folks than me who can scope the search to increase its worth.

The public relations sell would undoubtedly bump up against privacy concerns (Mental health & Constitutional rights) and the belief that we may miss some of the real culprits; criminals who don’t report gun purchases.

I understand that, but if current gun laws had the priority enforcement it deserves, straw purchasers and crooked gun dealers would start to dissipate, and maybe, just maybe,  you could identify some old fart with a screw loose and force him to rethink his plan to be remembered as an evil footnote in history.

Girlfriend of Las Vegas Shooter Was Worried about His Mental Health

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock told investigators that she had no idea the 64-year-old was “planning violence against anyone.”

Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines during the massacre in Las Vegas, said Paddock showed “mental health symptoms,” such as screaming in bed, two former FBI officials told the New York Daily News

Danley was interviewed for about four hours Wednesday. Her attorney, Matt Lombard, said Paddock wired her a large amount of money, which she thought was to buy a home, CBS News reports. She also thought he was about to break up with her. 

So far, investigators don’t know the motive behind the mass shooting, which killed 58 people at a country music festival.

FBI Warned about Lone Shooters at Concerts 9 Months Before Las Vegas Massacre

police-lineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than nine months before the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival earlier this week, the FBI and Homeland Security warned of the threat of lone gunmen carrying out massacres during large gatherings like music venues.

The federal agencies issued a “Joint Special Event Event Threat Assessment” to warn of lone offenders launching an attack on large crowds, Foreign Police reports

A main concern cited by the December 2016 document was someone targeting the New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Las Vegas Strip.

“Unaffiliated lone offenders and [homegrown violent extremists] are of particular concern,” the document states, “due to their ability to remain undetected until operational; their willingness to attack civilians and soft targets; their ability to inflict significant casualties with weapons that do not require specialized knowledge, access, or training; and their unpredictability, as witnessed in the Orlando, Florida and San Bernardino, California terrorist attacks.”

The agencies addressed concerns “about the sustained interest by terrorists and criminals in targeting mass gatherings,” including at concerts.

Las Vegas Gunman Had Escape Plan, May Have Had Help Planning

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The gunman who opened fire at a country music concert in Las Vegas planned to escape after the mass shooting, and he may have had help planning the attack, authorities said.

But Stephen Paddock left behind a note and turned the gun on himself as police closed in on him in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay

after the massacre that killed 58 people.

“He was doing everything possible to see how he could escape at this point,” Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said, CNN reports. 

The note left inside the hotel room was not a suicide note, police said, but did not elaborate.

More than 100 investigators, including FBI agents, are trying to determine whether Lombardo had help. He meticulously planned the attack and bought 33 firearms, mostly rifles, over the past 13 months.

“Do you think this was all accomplished on his own? You’ve got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point,” Lombardo said.