More than a year after the appalling massacre in Las Vegas, Nevada, the FBI has found that the killer, Stephen Paddock, seems to have had no motive.
The Vegas massacre occurred on October 1st, 2017, resulting in 58 deaths and over 1,000 injuries. Stephen Paddock, the FBI reports, had “no single or clear motivating factor.”
Stephen Paddock was a very difficult criminal to understand, according to the report issued by the FBI. “Throughout his life, Paddock went to great lengths to keep his thoughts private, and that extended to his final thinking about this mass murder,” states the FBI summary. The summary also concludes that Paddock acted alone and had no co-conspirators in the attack.
The attack occurred on October 1st of 2017 and targeted concertgoers at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Paddock carried the attack out from the window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. This allowed him to attack from a high vantage point. He took his own life after the attack.
Paddock’s suicide occurred just as police arrived at the door to his hotel room. FBI investigators speculate that it was most likely that Paddock intended to carry out his attack as a way to gain infamy, and then wanted to go out on his own terms, thus taking his own life.
With regards to these findings, survivors of the attack had various opinions. Mynda Smith’s sister was shot and killed in the attack and felt as though it was better that Paddock had no manifesto. “I truly believe if he had lived, he would have made my parents’ life miserable. We would’ve been caught up in trials and having to listen to things that he would say,” Smith stated in an interview.
If Paddock had no reason for his attack, then what drove him to do it? The FBI report speculates that it’s most likely that Paddock was unable to come to grips with his deteriorating physical and mental health. In response to his decline and entering the final stages of his life, Paddock lashed out.
Paddock’s father at one point was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. This may have influenced Paddock, who may have been seeking to achieve lasting criminal infamy by orchestrating such a massive assault. That would explain his months of research and stockpiling of weapons before orchestrating the carefully-planned attack.