In the near-week long effort to determine a motive in the case of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, police are growing increasingly frustrated.
Paddock’s endgame has so far eluded authorities, certainly thanks to the retired multimillionaire’s status as a 64 year old white male with no prior history of violence, nor any known links to radicals or extremists. Furthermore, the madman has apparently left no note or manifesto, nor much of an online presence to comb through.
From what the public has been told, Stephen Paddock simply “snapped”, and committed the most heinous mass murder in U.S. history on a well-planned whim.
This stunning absence of information has led police to explore every single possibility that they can fathom, and then some. Police are now seeking assistance from the American public in cracking the case.
“Baffled police and FBI agents, still lacking a clear motive for the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people by a lone gunman five days ago, appealed to the public on Friday to come forward with any information that might help solve the mystery.
“Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said investigators have, to no avail, run down more than 1,000 leads seeking clues to what drove a 64-year-old wealthy retiree with a penchant for gambling to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
“Unlike so many other perpetrators of deadly mass shootings before him, Paddock left behind no suicide note, no manifesto, no recordings and no messages on social media pointing to his intent, according to police.
“‘We have looked at everything, literally, to include the suspect’s personal life, any political affiliation, his social behaviors, economic situation, any potential radicalization,’ McMahill told reporters. ‘We are looking at every aspect from birth to death of this suspect and this case.'”
“McMahill acknowledged that Islamic State had repeatedly claimed responsibility for the attack, but said investigators had uncovered ‘no nexus’ between that Mideast-based militant group and Paddock.
“In an unusual bid to cast a wider net for additional tips, the FBI and police have arranged with communications company Clear Channel to post billboards around Las Vegas urging members of the public to come forward with any information they believe might help investigators.”
While the police are searching for answers by cultivating the hive mind of the American public, another breed of investigator has taken their search online, in message board threads on sites such as 4Chan and Reddit.
In both cases, these websites have served as the de facto gathering places for likeminded, conspiratorial individuals to connect and coalesce their sometimes poignant, yet often cockamamy, theories regarding Stephen Paddock and the “other shooters” that these armchair detectives wholeheartedly believe may have been involved.