The man who opened fire on the attendees a concert in Las Vegas in 2017 there was lost thousands of dollars gambling weeks before mass shooting and was annoying because of how he had been treated by casinos, according to court documents. fbi made public this week.
The documents reveal the strongest indication of a motive for the worst mass shooting in modern American history. They paint a detailed account of the last days of attacker Stephen Paddock before the October 1, 2017 shooting where 60 people died and hundreds more were injured.
A gambler, whose name was blacked out in the hundreds of pages of documents, told the FBI that Paddock “he was very upset by the way the casinos treated him and other high rollers”.
Neither the FBI nor the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the main investigating agency, offered an official motive for the shooting. Both agencies have said that Paddock acted alone.
The 10-minute massacre took place on the last night of the Route 91 Harvest music festival three days in front of the Mandalay Bay resort. Authorities said Paddock, 64, fired a barrage of bullets into the festival crowd from his corner suite on the 32nd floor of the hotel.
The place chosen for the festival was the villagea large property located in front of the hotel luxor (the one in the shape of an Egyptian pyramid) and diagonally to Mandalay Bay, at one end of the famous Strip, the avenue of the big casinos. None of the attendees, of all ages and from different states of the country, could imagine such a tragedy. At 10:08 p.m. on Sunday, the concert given by singer Jason Aldean was interrupted by an unexpected sound: gun shotscoming from the top of Mandalay Bay.
According to witnesses, the shots lasted more than ten minutes, and did not stop. They came from a distance of more than 350 meters, repeatedly, mercilessly, raining down on everyone’s heads. Some managed to throw themselves face down. Others started running. There was blood everywhere. And an unprecedented state of despair. “It looked like a war zone”, they later described it, stunned.
Among the weapons seized from Paddock’s room were AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, similar to those used in the Vietnam War. Windows had been smashed in with hammers, and weapons set up on tripods, to aim at the crowd. Eric Paddock, the murderer’s brother, was questioned by the press shortly after at his home in Florida: “I can’t believe he did this… He was a guy who played poker, gambled a lot, took cruises and ate burritos… Nothing more than that”, he described it, regretfully.
(With information from AP)
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