Stephen Paddock, the gunman who rained bullets on a Las Vegas festival on Sunday night, spent decades stockpiling weapons and ammunition, and “meticulously” planned the night he sprayed gunfire from his room on a crowd of concertgoers, says Clark County, Nv., Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Authorities still aren’t clear on why Paddock did what he did or who he was.
Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 59 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas on Sunday with high-powered rifles, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that can lead to aggressive behavior. He also sent $100,000 to the Philippines before the shooting.
Describing the concert shooter as a lone wolf, Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombado said, “I don’t know how it could have been prevented if we didn’t have any prior knowledge of this individual.” Law enforcement officials, politicians and hotel and concert managers offered the same sad lament: There’s very little that can be done. Banning outdoor events won’t stop this type of mass violence.
The president announced he would visit Las Vegas Wednesday, after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Alleged gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire late Sunday on an outdoor country music concert near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500. Paddock took his own life as officers stormed his hotel room.
Police said Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, a Sudanese emigre, walked into a small church just after services ended and fire indiscriminately at churchgoers. He apparently was wounded during a confrontation with an armed congregant.
Nathaniel Jouett, a suicidal high school sophomore, is accused of walking into the Clovis public library with two handguns on Monday and shooting six people, killing two of them. “His mind had to snap,” his pastor said.
A study finds widespread support among U.S. journalists for naming and publishing photos of perpetrators in mass shooting events. A co-author of the study says reporters were “largely ambivalent” about research showing that coverage can lead to “copycat” incidents.
Suzanne Hodgkinson, widow of shooter James Hodgkinson, became so concerned with her husband’s growing anger that she wrote to his doctor asking for help. Now, she wonders what more she could have done.