- Sheriff Joe Lombardo says Stephen Paddock had been losing money on video poker for two years
- Killer may also have scouted other locations when planning the mass shooting
The mass murderer Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people when he opened fire from a Las Vegas hotel room on October 1 was a narcissist who had been losing money and was going through bouts of depression, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
Sheriff Lombardo, who has been the public face of the investigation into the mass shooting, was speaking with George Knapp in an interview broadcast Wednesday night and offered up what investigators have found in trying to get to the bottom of what motivated the attack.
Referring to the fact that Paddock had been losing money playing video poker over a period of two years, Lombardo indicated that this may have been a significant factor.
“This individual was status-driven based on how he liked to be recognized in the casino environment and how he liked to be recognized by his friends and family.
“So obviously that was starting to decline in the short period of time and that may have had a determining effect on why decided to do what he did.”
While Lombardo was able to offer some insight into Paddock’s mental state, he said that the investigation had not yet established what had occurred just over a year ago when the killer began amassing weapons, and admitted that Paddock’s hard drives – which had been removed from the computers in his room – had not yet been found.
He was also able to offer some clarity on the timeline surrounding events at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on that night.
He confirmed that security guard Jesus Campos had alerted security after being shot in the leg outside Paddock’s hotel room, that two police officers who were at the hotel began to work their way up to the 32nd floor after Paddock had begun firing, and that more officers went up to that floor shortly afterwards.
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