The FBI investigation into the motive of Stephen Paddock, who committed the deadliest shooting in modern US history, is still underway.
As America tries to come to terms with the slaughter of 58 innocent Route 91 festival-goers, in Las Vegas, the authorities have released information regarding 64-year-old Stephen Paddock and his actions on the night of his attack.
So far the extensive investigation, being led by the FBI, has failed to uncover a motive – Paddock had no links to a terror group, history of mental illness or even a criminal record.
The authorities are trying to piece together the mass shooter’s final moments, in an attempt to seek out any possible explanation for why a person could commit such unthinkable horror.
Much of the information released has centred around the Mandalay Bay hotel room, on the 32nd floor, from where Paddock rained gunfire down on the unsuspecting music-lovers.
A laptop was found in the Mandalay Bay hotel room where Paddock was holed up with a 17-strong arsenal of offensive weapons, including four Daniel Defense DDM4 rifles, three FN-15 rifles, at least one Russian-designed AK-47 and at least one handgun.
The FBI are now claiming the laptop had a hard drive missing, which could hold vital clues to Paddock’s state of mind and motive for killing so many American civilians, reports the Mirror.
The hard drive, it’s believed, was removed from the device after the shooting and has yet to be found, and given the lack of clues anywhere else in Paddock’s life, it has now become the focus of the investigation.
The FBI have also reported a cryptic note was present, 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.
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.
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Since the shooting, an ongoing debate over gun control has swept through America and its politics, leaving people questioning whether this atrocity would’ve been allowed to happen if controls were stricter.
Meanwhile, acts of love, unity and heroism are helping the healing process.
Our thoughts are with all those affected at this devastating time.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.