More than 10 months after a gunman opened fire from a hotel window on 22,000 concert-goers, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds of others, police released their final report into the mass shooting.
Police said they were unable to determine a motive for why Stephen Paddock, on Oct. 1, decided to target thousands of people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
“This report was authored to provide the reader with more information about who, what, when, and where. Regretfully, this report will not be able to address the why,” the report said.
Here are some of the notable takeaways from the final report, despite the fact it did not provide a definitive answer to the biggest question in the criminal investigation.
1. The lack of a motive wasn’t a surprise. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told local TV station News 3 in June that he was doubtful a motive would ever materialize.
“At this point, it’s no,” he said. “I don’t see anything in the near future that would change my statement.”
In a news conference today, the sheriff did call Paddock “an unremarkable man” whose movements leading up to the shooting didn’t raise suspicion.
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The chief also said the gunman had “signs of a troubled mind, but no troubling behavior that would trigger a call to law enforcement.”
2. Although no motive was found, the report lists numerous “indicators of intent.”
According to the investigation, Paddock made several lodging reservations in cities that were hosting open-air music festivals. The first reservation was at a Chicago hotel during Lollapalooza, which took place in August. The second was during the Life is Beautiful music festival in Las Vegas, just a few days before he carried out the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in the same city. Paddock specifically requested rooms that overlooked the music venues.
Police also searched Paddock’s computers and found that he conducted internet searches indicating he was preparing for the shooting. The searches included open-air concert venues, Las Vegas SWAT tactics, weapons and explosives.
Paddock also purchased more than 55 weapons between October 2016 and September 2017. Most of the firearms he bought were rifles of various calibers.
3. There was no second gunman. No one else will be charged for the mass shooting, police said. That’s because “there were no DNA anomalies to indicate anyone other than Stephen Paddock was responsible,” the report said.
4. No suicide note or manifesto was found. Investigators have said this before, but among the many guns, power drills, laptops and other items found in the hotel rooms was a handwritten note with distance and bullet drop calculations. But no suicide note indicating motive for the shooting was ever found.
Police also said there was “no evidence of radicalization or ideology to support any theory that Paddock supported or followed any hate group or any domestic or foreign terrorist organization.” This was stated before, in January’s preliminary report.
5. Paddock’s liquid wealth declined before the shooting. Authorities analyzed Paddock’s finances and determined that he lost nearly 75 percent of his wealth in two years. In September 2015, his bank accounts totaled over $2 million, according to the report. By contrast, that amount dropped to just over $500,000 in September 2017.
More than $600,000 was paid to casinos, $170,000 was paid to credit card companies and $95,000 went to gun-related purchases, the report said.
Lombardo told reporters today that Paddock’s diminished wealth “could have been a contributing factor” in the shooting.
6. There are more personal details about Paddock, courtesy of his brothers. One brother, Eric, told investigators he last had contact with Paddock about two weeks before the shooting via a text message. Here’s also what Eric said, according to investigators:
“Eric believed Paddock may have conducted the attack because he had done everything in the world he wanted to do and was bored with everything. If so, Paddock would have planned the attack to kill a large amount of people because he would want to be known as having the largest casualty count. Paddock always wanted to be the best and known to everyone.”
Another brother, Bruce, said he hadn’t spoken with Paddock for more than 10 years. Bruce also said he believed his brother was “suffering from mental illness and was paranoid and delusional.”
The third brother, Patrick, said he had no contact with his brother for “over the last two decades.”
7. Was the shooting an act of terrorism? When asked if the shooting was terrorism, Lombardo told reporters that the act falls under the state’s definition, but not the federal definition. He added: “I would personally call it a terrorist act. It had an influence on a certain demographic of people, intended to cause harm to include injuries.”
This is notable because, weeks ago, MGM Resorts International cited a federal statute in its lawsuit arguing that the company had “no liability of any kind” to the victims of the Oct. 1 shooting. The shooting, however, has not been officially declared an act of terror.