Stephen Paddock’s unknown motive
Today, the incident remains the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the US, but investigators are still unsure why Paddock did it.
In a statement on Friday (August 3), Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo revealed law enforcement have been unable to determine a motive despite closing the investigation.
He said: “Investigators have lived this event day by day for the past 10 months. Finding answers for the victims has been our investigators’ sole goal to help bring closure for those affected and to move forward from this horrible event.”
“By all accounts, Stephen Paddock was an unremarkable man. His movements leading up to October 1 did not raise any suspicion.”
The criminal investigation report
Lombardo also released the 187-page criminal investigation report into the massacre, revealing that, despite reports that there had been multiple shooters in different locations, Paddock had acted alone.
According to the report, there was no evidence suggesting that anyone had assisted Paddock or evidence that linked him to a terrorist group. The report also revealed that Paddock left no suicide note, hadn’t committed any crimes leading up to the day of the shooting and had obtained his firearms legally.