Investigators ‘confident’ of finding motive for Stephen Paddock’s Vegas mass murder

  • Stephen Paddock sent $100,000 overseas days before carrying out Sunday’s mass shooting
  • Investigators interviewing gunman’s girlfriend and digging into his gambling history

It has been revealed that Stephen Paddock, the man who killed 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, sent $100,000 overseas just days before he carried out the attack.

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What drove Stephen Paddock to commit such a heinous act? Police are hoping that Marilou Danley, right, reportedly his girlfriend, may be able to shed some light.

The transaction was uncovered by police who are working to determine what motivated the former accountant to plan and commit Sunday night’s massacre.

US authorities are also interested in talking to Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was out of the country at the time of the attack, but has been brought back to the US by the FBI for questioning.

She has been described as a person of interest, but has not been arrested and speaking on Tuesday, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that police anticipated that she would provide them with useful information.

He also asserted that law enforcement officials were confident that they will be able to establish the motive for the shootings.

Stockpile

According to media reports, Paddock sent $100,000 to the Philippines last week, and investigators are currently attempting to trace the destination of that money. They are also looking into multiple claims that suggested Paddock had been gambling heavily.

Meanwhile, more has been revealed about the extent of the planning involved in Sunday’s attack. The killer built up a stockpile of weapons and ammunition, and even set up cameras outside his hotel room to alert him to the arrival of police.

According to Jim Clemente, a retired FBI profiler, there could be numerous motives behind the killings, ranging from a major emotional trigger in the killer’s life to discovering that he had a terminal disease. Speaking to Time.com, he also speculated that there may have been a genetic component to the act. Paddock’s father was on the FBI’s most-wanted list during the 1960s and had been diagnosed as a psychopath.

He told them: “The genetics load the gun, personality and psychology aim it, and experiences pull the trigger, typically.”

Paddock held a business degree and had worked as an IRS agent and an accountant in the auditing division of the Defense Department. It has been reported that he had no criminal record, and though he was known to be a heavy gambler, there have been no reports that he was experiencing financial problems. The FBI have also ruled out the possibility of a link with international terrorism, after Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shooting.

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