Americans across the nation are still reeling from the horrific attacks perpetrated by Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
The retired multimillionaire gambling aficionado who killed nearly 60 country music fans and injured well over 500 more is still a deep mystery for authorities working the case. Paddock left very few traces of his character behind, and neighbors are painting a picture of a grumpy, reclusive loner with whom they had little, if any contact.
Police working the case have been stumped time and again as they attempt to put together a profile of Paddock, even with the assistance of his girlfriend Marilou Danley who had been in the Philippines at the time of the atrocious attack on a Las Vegas music festival.
One worrisome tidbit from the investigation, however, is the belief that Paddock spent years, if not decades planning for his rampage, and police now believe that he likely could not have acted alone throughout the process.
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“The Las Vegas gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history spent decades stockpiling guns and living a ‘secret life’ that investigators may never be able to fully understand, police say.
“Clark County, Nev., Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Wednesday that it was only logical to ‘make the assumption’ that Stephen Paddock had ‘some help at some point’ in pulling off Sunday’s massacre.
“As evidence, Lombardo pointed to gunman Paddock’s huge arsenal, explosive materials found in his car and his meticulous planning.
“’What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,’ the sheriff said.”
Eyewitness reports from the scene of the Las Vegas massacre are erratic and strange, with a number of concertgoers and tourists pointing to the timeline of the attack and the sheer number of projectiles fired as proof of an accomplice or second shooter.
While police have yet to make any indication that they are looking into the possibility of a second shooter, Sheriff Lombardo’s statement regarding Paddock’s supposed “help” will likely stir the debate over the madman’s actions.