Vegas gunman spent $1.5M in 2 years,

Elias Hubbard
August 4, 2018

With those revelations, police announced they were closing their 10-month investigation without a definitive answer for why Paddock, a high-stakes gambler, amassed an arsenal of weapons and carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

On Friday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo revealed that in the almost 10-month-long investigation, authorities had not found any evidence that there was a conspiracy or a second person involved.

Shooter Stephen Paddock was found dead in a 32nd floor hotel suite after he opened fire on crowds at a country music festival below, killing 58 people. Lombardo also described Paddock as "an unremarkable man" with a troubled mind.

"What we have been able to answer are the questions of who, what, when, where and how", Lombardo told reporters at a press conference.

The report includes details about Paddock's financial status, noting that it declined before the shooting.

She told police that she accompanied Paddock to gun stores and gun shows and helped him set up a gun range in Nevada.

Bruce Paddock said in police interviews that he believed his brother was meticulous, but not murderous. No other reference to politics is made in the police report.

"Paddock purchased over 55 firearms, which were mostly rifles in various calibers, from October 2016 to September 2017", according to investigators.

The report marking the end of the 10-month investigation concluded that he acted alone. Among those are his reservations for a hotel in Chicago overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival and a reservation during another open-air music festival in downtown Las Vegas.

Paddock turned the room into a make-shift sniper's nest that night.

Stephen Paddock is followed by a bellman in a hallway, at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.

Other than that, the news conference revealed very little new information.

Paddock was also believed to be reclusive and had lost more than $1 million gambling in the year before the massacre.

"Eric believed Paddock may have conducted the attack because he had done everything in the world he wanted to do and was bored with everything", the report states. Police said no one was injured and the shot did not hit Paddock. The FBI said in October that this attack was not related to global terrorism.

While many rampage attackers leave behind explanations for their violence, Paddock left behind no manifesto or suicide note, authorities said.

"What we have been able to answer are the questions of who, what, when, where, and how".

But authorities say after hundreds of interviews and thousands of hours of investigative work, they are confident there is no evidence of a conspiracy or a second gunman.

Lombardo said that with the closure of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's 10-month investigation, no one else will be charged in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

When police discovered him in his hotel room, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he was surrounded by two dozen guns and 5,000 unused rounds of ammo.

Along with Paddock, the only other person to face charges in the shooting is Douglas Haig, an Arizona man who sold Paddock ammunition a month before the shooting.

Officials have said the attack had no link to worldwide terrorism, but hotel owner MGM Resorts global last month invoked a provision of a federal law enacted after the September 11 terror attacks.

As part of the lawsuit, the company is arguing that the shooting should be considered a terrorist attack, which could bolster its case that a federal law passed after the 9/11 attacks could limit their liability. MGM Resorts said it released the video because it wanted to provide greater context around Paddock's actions leading up to the shooting.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo made the announcement as he made public results of the investigation into the shooting.

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