Update: So we’re now learning that Paddock was quite the gambling addict before his killing spree. We’ve also learned that his dad was a notorious bank robber who made the FBI’s Most Wanted List back in the 1960’s. This would probably negate the whole ISIS connection we’ve heard spread around in the last few hours – it’s still of course possible, but I would be personally quite shocked.
I hate when the news cycle does things like this to me.
I go to sleep with a nasty chest cold of some sort (apologies ahead of time if this article is a mess), and I wake up to hear that dozens had been slaughtered during a 30,000-strong country music concert.
We already know that the culprit is not a Moslem, but is instead a 64-year-old White guy named Stephen Paddock – family are saying that he must have just straight up snapped.
Perhaps history will look on this day forevermore as the moment when the Boomer at last learned to hate.
America is reeling from the worst mass shooting in its history after at least 50 people were killed and more than 406 wounded at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
The shooting broke out on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by 22,000 and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.
Police say the shooter was 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, who opened fire on the festival taking place at Las Vegas Village from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel at 10:08pm.
In a statement, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they breached the hotel room on the 32nd floor and found him dead inside, among an ‘arsenal’ of weapons.
Investigators are now raiding the home Paddock shared with Marilou Danley, his ‘companion’, who was initially called a person of interest. Police located Danley early Monday morning, and after speaking with her, no longer believe she was involved in the shooting.
I’m not too sure about this one.
We still don’t know this wench’s specific nation of origin, but I suppose she could turn out to be one of those Moslems that are common in parts of Southeast Asia.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive. He was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Lombardo said.
‘We have no idea what his belief system was,’ he added.
Terrifying footage from the scene shows concert-goers reacting with confusion and then panic as the festival turned into a bloodbath around them.
Video from close to the stage shows people hitting the floor as others crawl to safety or run for their lives. Audio from further back in the crowd captured several bursts of sustained automatic gunfire.
Witnesses said ‘hundreds’ of rounds of ammunition were emptied into the crowd, with Paddock stopping several times to reload as he carried out his massacre.
Among those shot dead at the concert was an off-duty Las Vegas Metro Police officer. Attendees said a large number of law enforcement and military personnel had been attending the show.
CBS NEWS: “The humanity of this event was amazing. Everybody chipped in to help,” witness Storme Warren says of Las Vegas shooting pic.twitter.com/oSKju3cFOU
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 2, 2017
Only one serious question currently surrounds what is now officially the worst mass shooting in American history:
Will they try to tie the murderer to the Alt-Right?
My guess is no, and I’m also assuming that we’re just seeing someone that just finally lost their cool and went psycho on world-class stage – he’s also old enough to have perhaps served in Vietnam or in another area within that specific theater of war.
What I’m most interested in is a witness testimony of something very bizarre that occurred not all that long before the bullets started raining down on the crowd.
One witness at the concert told DailyMail.com that a woman had entered the crowd with a male companion and screamed ‘They’re all around… You’re all going to f***ing die today’ just 45 minutes before the gunfire broke out.
The woman was described as being Hispanic and in her 50s; she and the man were escorted out of the venue by security.
Witness Breanna Hendricks, who was in Vegas celebrating her 21st birthday, said: ‘There was a lady who came running up behind us in the concert and she started to play with people’s hair acting crazy and she told us that we’re all going to f***ing die.
‘She said they’re all around us and we were going to die,’ continued Hendricks, whose mom Shawn Hendricks also witnessed the startling altercation.
‘She was Hispanic, probably about 5ft 5, brown hair. It felt like she had knowledge of what was about to happen, her and her boyfriend who was also Hispanic.
I suppose this could have all been fabricated by a couple of girls hoping to become famous, but then again…
Could it be that Paddock was more than just a lone wolf?