On the first day of October, 2017, Americans were appalled to learn of the most heinous mass shooting in our nation’s history having taken place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Months removed from that horrific event and we still know very, very little about the motive of the perpetrator, Stephen Paddock. Paddock, a retired multimillionaire gambler and real estate investor, mysteriously set up a world class sniper’s nest on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, in a room facing a lot below where 20,000 country music fans had gathered to watch Jason Aldean perform. Paddock opened fire on the crowd from two separate vantage points, killing 58 people and wounding nearly 600 more.
Suspiciously, Las Vegas authorities have yet to release a single shred of video evidence showing Paddock within the casino hotel.
Now, just a day before massive crowds packed the streets of Houston, Texas to celebrate New Year’s Eve, a Paddock copycat has been preemptively captured.
“A man has been arrested on multiple charges after police located a small arsenal of guns on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency on Louisiana Street downtown, Houston police said.
“Police at the hotel called for backup around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after they attempted to arrest the man for being intoxicated and trespassing. When help arrived, police noticed ammunition laying around the man’s hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police said.
“The man was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing. When investigators looked into his room further, they located an AR-15, a shotgun, a handgun and lots of ammunition, Macintosh said.”
Few other details are available at this time.
ISIS and other radical Islamic organizations have been making threats in recent weeks regarding New Year’s Eve celebrations, specifically targeting Times Square in New York City within their literature.