Police: Stephen Paddock may have planned to escape scene, not commit suicide

While the investigation into the Las Vegas massacre continues, new details about the shooter and his intentions are being revealed. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo stated Wednesday that there is evidence that suggests that Stephen Paddock was planning to flee the scene after the shooting spree.

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Four days after the massacre in Las Vegas, many questions about Stephen Paddock’s motives remain unanswered. As investigators are trying to determine what caused the 64-year-old shooter to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, new details about Paddock’s plot are being revealed. According to Las Vegas police, it appears that Paddock had planned to flee the scene after the shooting but instead killed himself.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that Paddock lived a “secret life” and may have received aid in planning the shooting rampage. When asked during a Wednesday press conference whether there is evidence suggesting that Paddock had planned to flee the scene after the shooting, Lombardo said “yes.” However, he refused to go into further detail.

Witnesses after the shooting Photo Credit: Sky News/Channel 2 News

As reported by JOL yesterday, Lombardo confirmed that Paddock placed cameras around him and documented the massacre as he fired from the room on the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. He also placed cameras in the hallway to watch for approaching security forces. Lombardo noted that about 25 grams of explosive material and about 1,600 rounds of ammunition were found in Paddock’s car, which was parked in the hotel’s garage. He added that in the hotel room, Paddock left a note but stressed that it was not a suicide note.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

More than 100 investigators have been looking into Paddock’s life over the past few days in order to discover some answers. “What we know is that 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,” Lombardo stated. “Anything that would indicate this individual’s trigger point, that would cause him to do such harm, we haven’t understood it yet.”

However, the investigators believe that some event in his life apparently took place between last October and September of this year, prompting him to purchase additional firearms and carry out the massacre. According to the local authorities, Paddock bought 33 firearms in the past year.



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