In Wednesday press conference, Clark County, Nevada Sheriff said it is reasonable to make speculations that Las Vegas shooter planned to survive and may have had help.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo revealed that there was evidence gunman Stephen Paddock intended to survive and escape his deadly attack at a country music festival on Sunday, claiming that he also rented an apartment overlooking another music festival that took place in the city the previous weekend.
He cited that the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history can’t be accomplished without any help. Pointing the gunman huge collection of firearms, explosive materials found in his car, and his meticulous planning.
“What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,” the sheriff said.
Authorities claimed that Paddock had planned his escape, even though he turned the gun on himself as police closed in on his luxury suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which he used as a base for the attack that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.
The press conference that raised as many questions as it answered and suggested was made 72 hours following the attack. However, after extensively interviewing Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, and examining his computers, investigators remain genuinely puzzled about his motives.They were still pressing to find others who may have been involved.
It was possible that Paddock was “a super guy” who was “working out all of this on his own”, Lombardo said. “It would be hard for me to believe that.” The comment appeared to earn an indirect rebuke from the agent overseeing the FBI’s investigation.
In response to the sheriff’s speculations, Aaron Rouse, who runs the bureau’s Las Vegas division, took to the lectern immediately. “Theories are great and everyone can have a theory,” he told news outlets. “But I need to deal with facts. The sheriff needs to deal with facts. He’s not going to make assumptions. I’m not going to make assumptions.”
Rouse said the FBI was working with “a number of theories” but was not prepared to publicize them. Rouse was considerably more cautious in his remarks than the sheriff. He even refused to reveal what Marilou Danley, Paddock’s girlfriend, said after she returned to the US on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Danley denied involvement in the horrific massacre, claiming she had no knowledge about Paddock’s plan.