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FBI Tracked Record 30 Mass Shootings in 2017

Gun seized in Las Vegas as part of operation/dea photo

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI reported 30 active shootings in 2017, more than any year on record, according to a recently released report by the bureau. 

The 30 reported active shootings are an increase over the 20 reported in 2016.

Between 2016 and 2017, 221 people were killed and 722 people injured.

Most active shootings took place in Florida, California and Texas.

Those years also saw the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas music festival shooting left 58 people dead and 489 injured in 2017.

In 2016, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orland, Fla., killed 49 people and wounded another 53.

The combined 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 came at the hands of men acting by themselves.

Second Person of Interest Identified in Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Newly released court documents reveal that investigators of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and hundreds wounded identified two people of interest in the early phases of the case.

One person of interest, the deceased shooter’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, has since been publicly cleared. The other, whose name was not included in the documents released Tuesday, was identified by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as Douglas Haig, a senior engineer at the aerospace who told reporters outside his home in Mesa, Ariz., that he is “the guy that sold ammunition to (shooter) Stephen Paddock.” 

Haig told reporters that he met the gunman once but declined to answer additional questions.

Newsweek reports that Haig was interviewed by ATF agents shortly after the massacre for about 20 minutes and hasn’t talked to them since.

“I’ve been interviewed, and that’s as far as it went. They were following up on a lead, and obviously it went nowhere,” he told Newsweek.

Haig said he “used to sell ammunition reloading components,” but he referred additional questions to his attorney.

“Until the investigation can rule otherwise, Marilou Danley and Douglas Haig have become persons of interest who may have conspired with Stephen Paddock to commit Murder with a Deadly Weapon,” according to an October document prepared by the Metropolitan Police Department document.

FBI Investigating New Person of Interest in Las Vegas Shooting Rampage

Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents investigating the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. in Las Vegas in October announced they are probing a new person in its investigation.

Local and federal law enforcement had previously believed Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, acted alone when he went on a shooting rampage from his 32nd floor hotel room that killed 58 people at a concert.

“The FBI has an ongoing case against an individual of federal interest,” Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told a press conference, but he declined to give details, Newsweek reports.

The Friday announcement of a person of interest is the first indication that another person may have helped Paddock, who killed himself following the attack.

The FBI recently announced that Paddock’s girlfriend likely wouldn’t be charged because she was unaware of the planned attack.

Hunter Prevented from Shipping Dead Cougar in Luggage on Airplane

McCarran International Airport, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A hunter’s plans to send a dead cougar home in his luggage on an airplane from Las Vegas hit a snag.

A TSA agent found the carcass just before 10 p.m. Monday at McCarran International Airport, the Associated Press reports

Agents held the man at the airport until they could confirm that a Utah State Fish and Game tag on the cougar was legitimate.

The man, whose identity has not been released, shipped the cougar home, but not on the airplane. TSA officials declined to say where the courage was headed.

Airport spokeswoman Melissa Nunnery said it’s not a crime to transport legally possessed carcasses, but she added that airlines have the authority to transport certain items.

ATF to Determine if It has Authority to Ban Bump Stocks on Weapons

Acting head of ATF Thomas Brandon.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two months after the Las Vegas shooting, ATF said it has begun reviewing whether it has the authority to ban bump stocks, a device that allowed the shooter to essentially convert weapons into automatic ones, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Lawmakers have called on ATF officials to determine whether the agency has the authority to regulate bump stocks without congressional action.

ATF’s Acting Director Thomas E. Brandon is testifying in front of a Senate committee hearing about the issue this week.

Those like Sen. Dianne Feinstein believe Congress should pass legislation addressing the issue rather than relying on ATF to make changes.

 

FBI Gets Closer to Identifying Motive Behind Las Vegas Shooter

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believes it is closer to determining what motivated Stephen Paddock to spray bullets into a crowd of concert attendees in Las Vegas, killing 58 and injuring hundreds of others.

But investigators said there is “absolutely” no evidence the 64-year-old man is tied to domestic terror or hate groups, the Las Vegas Sun reports

They have a theory but aren’t ready to share it.

“We do know a lot more (about Paddock) than when we started,” Rouse told the Las Vegas Sun Wednesday afternoon. “I feel like we are going in the correct direction to understand why this happened.”

As far s a motive, Rouse indicated, “When we’re done, we’ll have as close to an answer on the why as you’re going to be able to come to without talking with (Paddock).”

Investigators have pursued hundreds of tips.

How FBI, ATF Are Assisting Las Vegas Authorities Investigate Mass Shooting

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are assisting local law enforcement in Las Vegas determine whether the gunman responsible for the mass shooting during the music festival acted alone.

While local authorities are taking the lead in the investigation, the federal agencies are helping gather evidence.

“When you have a mass shooting scene like Las Vegas, you are talking about a lot of manpower,” Dana Ridenour, a retired FBI agent who was part of its Evidence Response Team that traveled to New York following the 9/11 attacks, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“You have to bag and collect all that evidence,” Ridenour said.

Federal authorities would take the lead if the shooting was considered a terrorist attack. Since it’s not, the feds are taking a supportive role.

“The FBI is vital in the assistance of this investigation,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said moments after the Oct. 1 tragedy occurred. “They are providing federal resources available in this investigation.”

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.