The Latest: Governor says lack of motive is sad for families
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the FBI’s investigation into the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting (all times local):
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says families and loved ones of victims of the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas may never know what drove the gunman to commit the “horrific act” of violence.
Sisolak, a Democrat, released a statement Tuesday responding to the final FBI report on the shooting.
Sisolak says the shooting was a heartbreaking tragedy that cut too many lives short and shook the community of Las Vegas to its core.
He said it’s sad that the gunman’s motive may never be known.
The governor praised police, first responders and the FBI for their dedication to victims, survivors and families affected by the attack that killed 58 people and injured nearly 900 others in October 2017.
The FBI says investigators found no manifesto, video, suicide note or other communication from the gunman behind the 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.
Findings from the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit released Tuesday show several potential factors that may have driven him to unleash a hail of gunfire on the crowd at a country music festival.
Investigators believe gunman Stephen Paddock became increasingly distressed and intolerant of stimuli as he aged and as his physical and mental health declined, his suicide after shooting at the crowd was a key aspect of his attack.
Investigators say Paddock also showed minimal empathy in his life and his decision to murder people while they were being entertained was consistent with a cruel personality and history of manipulation and duplicity.
The FBI says that while it found no single factor motiving the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, investigators believe gunman Stephen Paddock wanted to die in infamy, in part inspired by his father’s reputation as a bank robber.
The findings are part of an analysis released Tuesday by the FBI nearly 16 months after the attack that killed 58 people and injured nearly 900 others at a country music festival.
FBI agents and behavioral specialists believe Paddock was in part influenced by the memory of his father, a bank robber and fugitive who at one point was on the FBI’s most wanted list.
They say Paddock was not directed nor inspired by any ideologically-motived groups, was not furthering any religions, political or social agenda and that he acted alone.
The FBI has concluded its investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history without determining a motive.
The FBI makes the conclusion in a report given to The Associated Press on Tuesday. After nearly 16 months, the agency says it can’t determine why gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured nearly 900 others in October 2017.
Aaron Rouse is the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Las Vegas office. He says Paddock acted alone when he planned and carried out the attack. The 64-year-old fatally shot himself after opening fire from his hotel suite.
Rouse says the reason for Paddock’s rampage remains a mystery after months of study by agents and behavioral specialists.
Las Vegas police closed their investigation in August — also without a motive.