Very little is known of the motives behind Stephen Paddock’s attack in Las Vegas, even three weeks on.
Howevere, more and more details are emerging about the preparations for Paddock’s attack, which might give some insight into his state of mind at the time.
Now, investigators have revealed the internet history of the shooter in the days leading up to the most deadly mass shooting in modern US history.
Paddock’s history shows him looking for as many details as possible about the movements of Las Vegas police and SWAT teams, even as far as the details into how they would break into the shooter’s room, reports The Independent.
An anonymous source from the investigation told The Wall Street Journal the investigators suspected the hard drive of Paddock’s laptop was removed after he opened fire on festival goers in Las Vegas.
This hard drive is still reportedly missing, according to The Associated Press.
There’s a distinct lack of digital clues on his laptop about what might have driven the man to mass murder.
Reports have been released of investigations into the 64-year-old’s politics as well as his social behaviour, but no clear motive or evidence of radicalisation of any form has come forward.
It’s been revealed the cost of the investigation into the attack, along with the emergency responses, is estimated at $4 million.
Las Vegas police officer, Laura Meltzer, provided an estimate of $3.5 million on police services alone.
We still have a lot of resources devoted to the investigation. We still have people working overtime and around the clock on it.
Clark County administrators estimated the fire department and other costs at around $500,000, according to Erik Pappa, who expected the costs to go up significantly.
The FBI have reported a cryptic note was present in the hotel room, found next to his body and staff members at the Mandalay Bay have also come forward to share any small piece of information, including a receipt showing Paddock’s last few meals.
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Amid disputes over the shooting timeline, the Mandalay Bay released a statement, explaining their version of security events.
Although we prefer not to comment on the details of the investigation, we are issuing this statement to correct some of the misinformation that has been reported.
The 9.59 PDT time was derived from a Mandalay Bay report manually created after the fact without the benefit of information we now have.
We are now confident that the time stated in this report is not accurate.
We now know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio.
Metro officers were together with armed Mandalay Bay security officers in the building when Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio.
These Metro officers and armed Mandalay Bay security officers immediately responded to the 32nd floor.
Amid the investigation, there’s an ongoing debate around gun control, despite some politicians’ best efforts to try and downplay the need for serious reform.
Our thoughts are with all those affected at this devastating time.