Investigators in Las Vegas are turning to the public in the search for clues as to what prompted 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Paddock himself won’t be providing any answers. Found dead after unleashing a barrage of gunfire from the windows of his 32nd-floor hotel suite, he’d apparently turned one of his many weapons on himself.
And unlike so many other perpetrators of deadly mass shootings before him, Paddock left behind no suicide note, no manifesto, no recordings and no messages on social media pointing to his intent, according to police.
“We’re very confident that…there was not another shooter in that room.
“What I cannot confirm to you today, and what we continue to investigate is, whether anybody else may have known about this incident before he carried it out,” Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters.
“We are looking at every aspect from birth to death of this suspect in this case.”
McMahill acknowledged that the so-called Islamic State had repeatedly claimed responsibility for the attack, but said investigators had uncovered “no nexus” between the militant group and Paddock.
White crosses have been put up in the famous casino city in memory of the 58 people slain on Sunday. Hundreds more were injured.
And in moves to get public help, billboards are being posted around Las Vegas, urging people to come forward with any information they believe might help solve the mystery.
The billboards will bear the slogan, “If you know something, say something,” and carry a toll-free number to an FBI hotline, said Aaron Rouse, special agent in charge of the Las Vegas FBI office.
“We have not stopped, we will not stop until we have the truth,” Rouse said.