(Tea Party 247) – The most horrific mass shooting to ever take place on American soil was carried out in Las Vegas in 2017, ending with 58 people dead and 515 others injured. The shooter in this case was identified as a man named Stephen Paddock.
As you might imagine, the left wasted no time utilizing this tragedy for their own political gain, immediately making calls for gun control legislation to be enacted and the right to bear arms infringed. That’s always their go-to strategy. Never let a tragic event go to waste.
Paddock, a 64 year-old resident of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on concert-goers from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. SWAT team members arrived at the room and used an explosive breach to gain access to the room and engage with Paddock. However, he was already dead, having allegedly shot himself just before officers gained access to his room.
There are tons of conspiracy theories surrounding this man and the tragic events that unfolded that fateful evening, but what is truly disturbing is the mystery surrounding the motive for such a horrific act. Police still have no idea what prompted the attack. No note, no manifesto, nothing that would help folks understand why Paddock would want to hurt innocent people.
Here is some important, need-to-know information about Paddock from an older piece published by The Free Thought Project:
1. Police Do Not Believe This Was an Act of Terror ‘At this point’ & Called Paddock a ‘Local Individual’
Police said the shooter was a “local individual” who was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel just outside the concert area. Authorities report that Paddock died inside the hotel room after a police SWAT team used an explosive breach to blow open the door and then attempted engaged with him. Police believe that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound prior to officers gaining access to the room.
Although ISIS has attempted to take responsibility for the attack, Sheriff Joe Lombardo, when asked by a reporter if the shooting was an “act of terrorism,” said “no, not at this point. We believe it was a local individual. He resides here locally. I’m not at liberty to give you his place of residence yet, because it’s an ongoing investigation, we don’t know what his belief system was at this time. … Right now we believe he is the sole aggressor at this point and the scene is static.”
The ISIS claims should be taken with a grain of salt, as the group has been shown to previously have attempted to piggyback on unrelated events/crimes in an effort to bolster their terror credentials.
2. More than 10 Firearms and Shooting Platform Found in Suspect’s Hotel Room
Sheriff Lombardo said numerous firearms were found inside the hotel room. Police sources have confirmed to KTNV that Paddock had more than 10 firearms in the room, two shooting platforms and cameras set up to see police arriving. Authorities believe that Paddock utilized long range rifles during the attack, according to News 8 Now.
Police reportedly found where Paddock was shooting from by listening to where the gunshots were coming from, according to Las Vegas Undersheriff Kevin McMahill.
Police suspect the guns used in the shooting were altered to fire more rapidly. Some experts say the inconsistent pattern of gunfire captured in footage of the attack does suggest the guns were modified – possibly via a “trigger crank” or “bump stock.”
3. Police Were Looking for a ‘Person of Interest’, Paddock’s companion, and Located Her Outside the Country
Police began searching for a “person of interest,” named Marilou Danley, 62. She was described as a “companion” of the shooter.
Danley allegedly lived with the shooter in Mesquite, according to police. Public records show she had lived at the same address as Paddock since January 2017, reports Heavy.
According to a CNN report, Danley has since been cleared of any involvement in the shooting, and was not even in the country when the shooting occurred. Police reportedly made contact with after locating her in the Philippines.
“Marilou Danley is no longer being sought out as a person of interest,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told CNN. “LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip.”
4. Shooter’s Brother Says the Family Is ‘Dumbfounded’ by What Happened & Claims Stephen Had No Religious or Political Affiliation
During an interview with NBC News, Paddock’s brother Eric said that the entire family stunned as there was “absolutely no indication he could do something like this.” He told NBC that his brother “was just a guy” who liked to go to shows in Las Vegas and gamble, and that he was semi-retired and had a girlfriend.
Eric Paddock, who lives in Florida, told the Daily Mail that the family is “dumbfounded.”
“He’s my brother, we don’t have a very close relationship but we talk occasionally. There’s no rhyme or reason here, it makes no sense. He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn’t a terror attack,” Eric Paddock told the Daily Mail.
5. Paddock’s Background
Details of Stephen Paddock’s background are still being investigated, and the family told NBC News that they would be releasing a statement through the police on Monday.
According to his brother Eric Paddock, the shooter was a retired accountant. He was divorced, was not known to have children, and was living with a woman (presumed to be Marilou Danley) in a home in Mesquite. He is not know to have a criminal record.
Law enforcement sources were told that Paddock had recently been involved in some gambling, even some done at the Mandalay Bay Hotel where he would later carry out his shooting rampage. Paddock used Marilou Danley’s ID at a “slot club.”
Paddock was also a licensed pilot, having been so since November 17, 2003. He was rated as competent to fly a single-enginge craft according to the FAA and owned two planes himself.
Even more strangely, the man’s father was a bank robber named Benjamin Hoskins Paddock and was on the FBI’s most wanted list from June of 1969 until May of 1977. Guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree when it came to criminal endeavors.
At the end of the day, this case is still mysterious and a bit disturbing because without a motive, we’re all left to speculate what might have caused the man to crack in such a way. What kind of forces might have been at work to drive him to do such a heinous thing?
Let’s hope that one day, those answers are found and revealed to the rest of the world.