As the world watched the deadly shooting of 58 people in Las Vegas, there was a lot of misinformation and conspiracy theories floating around about the incident. While many have pointed to the gunman as being the one who killed the innocent people, others have claimed that the U.S. government orchestrated the whole affair. This article explores the various claims, examines the motives behind the shooter’s actions, and provides evidence that the shooter planned to escape after the shooting.
Understanding motives of a mass murderer like Paddock
The shooting of 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival has drawn a lot of attention to the question of understanding motives of a mass murderer like Stephen Paddock. Unlike other mass killers, Paddock acted alone, and left no evidence or manifesto explaining his actions. But his actions do offer some clues as to what motivated him to carry out his deadly attack.
One of the first clues that Paddock’s shooting spree may have had to do with his mental health is that he had been stockpiling weapons. He had bought nearly two dozen high-powered guns in the last 13 months.
Another indication of his declining mental health is that he had a downturn in his gambling habits. He would play video poker and gamble thousands of dollars at a time. This caused him to lose money.
Some have suggested that Paddock was motivated by the threat of the Second Amendment, but this is not a definitive explanation. It’s likely that the shooting was also motivated by Paddock’s own personal grievances.
Misinformation about people potentially involved in the shooting
If you have spent any time on social media in the past month, you may have noticed the explosion of misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding the Las Vegas shooting. These claims were spread by users across social platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, among others. There were even rumors about the shooter’s motives.
While no one can say for sure what happened in Las Vegas, there is no doubt that conspiracy theories were spread by a few unscrupulous actors. One of these claims was that the Mandalay Bay hotel gunman was a member of the anti-fascist group known as antifa. However, this claim was later debunked by the Vegas police department.
Other claims involved minor celebrities such as comedian Sam Hyde identifying as the Las Vegas shooter, and the use of a QR code to deliver a message. Others were rumored to have been hired by the government.
Evidence that the gunman planned to escape after the shooting
There’s more evidence to support the theory that the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Craig Paddock, may have had a plan to escape after the massacre. According to investigators, Paddock’s vehicle contained explosives that could have been used in a car bomb. The gunman also had a bump-fire stock, a device that allows guns to fire like automatic rifles.
Las Vegas police have discovered a digital trail that was left by the gunman, and they are actively attempting to determine if other people provided assistance. They have recovered 47 firearms from Paddock locations.
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, the FBI has investigated Paddock’s actions in detail, and they have confirmed that he had a digital trail. Investigators say the trail is key to understanding Paddock’s motive.
The investigation also found that Paddock had a small camera installed in the peephole of his hotel room. That camera wasn’t turned on at the time of the attack, but it’s possible the camera may have been recording when the incident occurred.
Other recent mass shootings left seven dead
The weekend of July 4th was a horrific time for the United States, with a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and seven other attacks that left at least seven people dead and 54 injured. Two of the victims were a 14-year-old girl and a woman with life-threatening injuries.
There were also attacks in Texas, Georgia, and Michigan. The gunman who killed seven people at Santa Fe High School in Texas was a former student who claimed he was part of Al Qaeda or Islamic extremists. He was also a Frenchman of Algerian descent who had previously studied at Oikos University, a Korean-American university.
In a third attack, a student who had left the university shot and wounded several other people. One of those victims was a teacher. Another was a congregant at a nearby synagogue.
Other mass shootings happened on the West Coast and in the Midwest. A gunman rammed a truck through a gate at a Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Reserve, California.