There are still thousands upon thousands of possibilities left to be explored in the case of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.
Paddock was by no means your typical domestic terrorist. As a white, retired, multimillionaire real estate investor with two homes and his own plane, the dastardly deed committed by the reclusive gambler has dumbfounded authorities working the case. Paddock’s motive is completely unknown as of this time, at least according to the records that have been made public, and authorities do not believe that his girlfriend, who was traveling abroad at the time of the massacre, was involved in any way.
This leaves us with the bizarre idea that Paddock began collecting firearms out of the blue last year in order to commit this heinous crime while his partner was away. According to police, there is still no clear or concise answer as to why Stephen Paddock targeted the country music concert, let alone how he could have accomplished what he did by himself…the latter assertion being openly questioned by at least one Las Vegas Sheriff.
Now, as authorities begin to track Paddock’s whereabouts and purchases over the course of the last few months, a peculiar piece of the puzzle is missing.
“Mass killer Stephen Paddock bought a high-powered hunting rifle just hours before he arrived in Las Vegas on his mission of death, DailyMail.com can reveal.
“But bizarrely the rifle wasn’t one of the 23 weapon haul found by police in his sniper’s nest hotel suite.
“Paddock paid $600 for a Ruger American .308 bolt-action rifle with an 18-inch barrel and four round capacity from Guns & Guitars in his hometown of Mesquite.
“He then calmly drove 80 miles to check in at the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Vegas Strip from where he rained bullets down on the Route 91 Harvest music festival killing 59 people and injuring a further 537.
“A gunsmith at the store revealed Paddock was ‘calm and normal’ when he bought the weapon at around 3pm on September 28.”
This odd omission has many contemplating exactly where this rifle could have gone, and whether or not the missing weapon could indicate the presence of an accomplice in the massacre.
As with any mass casualty situation in America, there are plenty of internet “activists” seeking to piece together the truth regarding Paddock’s actions, often with wild theories and conspiratorial musings. Until the FBI and Las Vegas police release their final report, hopefully to the public, we will likely be grasping at straws in this senseless tragedy.