Sheriff: Las Vegas Shooter Had Lost Money, Been Depressed

Nov 04, 2017, 00:54
Sheriff: Las Vegas Shooter Had Lost Money, Been Depressed

"But he was status-driven", Lombardo said in a wide-ranging interview with 8 News Now in Las Vegas that offered the first hints of what might have driven 64-year-old Stephen Paddock to open fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

In an interview with local news station KLAS Wednesday night, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said that Paddock, a millionaire property investor with a passion for high-stakes gambling on video poker machines, hit a rough patch in his finances beginning in September 2015. But he added that something appeared to be off about the manner in which Paddock amassed his arsenal of weapons, Fox News reports.

The shooting spree stopped after, according to Mr Lombardo's belief, Paddock realised the authorities were closing in.

During the interview, Lombardo also talked about Paddock's girlfriend, suggesting that she might be withholding information from investigators.

Danley was out of the country when Paddock carried out the attack, visiting family in the Philippines on a plane ticket her boyfriend bought her at the last minute.

Danley has repeatedly denied knowing anything about the attack and said Paddock never said or did anything that would have led her to believe he was going to carry out a massacre.

"You would think Ms. Danley would have some information associated with that", Lombardo said. 'But now we haven't been able to pull that out of her, if it's in her'.

On one occasion, Paddock reportedly berated an administrator and threatened violence upon him.

The gun went off after officers entered the suite occupied by the shooter, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, but no rounds were fired in the room where police found Paddock dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The three hours of recordings released Friday provide a clearer picture of how firefighters and emergency medical crews responded to the October 1 massacre and to triage, treat and transport victims.

Assuming the police might like to speak with Bruce, the staffer called the Los Angeles police.

Spokeswomen for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on Friday.

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