At this point, barring contradictory evidence appearing, the most likely motive behind the attack is: Anti-Trump, fundamentalist, Leftist psychosis, inspired not by ISIS or The Jihad but by CNN. MSNBC, ANTIFA and other virulent anti-Trump, Leftist, activists/agents.
1 - His target. A country concert filled with mostly White, Conservative, Trump supporters. (God Bless America was sung less than an hour before the attack at the venue. That only happens at Conservative events).
2 - If he had had ANY political agenda, opinions, thoughts, etc that were not Leftist wingnut, we would have certainly heard about it before now and the media would be busy trying to tie him to Trump in some way. As of now, we are getting absolutely nothing in regards to his political views. Almost impossible to find a person with no political views of some kind in this nation right now.
3 - The bizarre interviews his bizarre brother has been giving. Anyone who watches and studies them comes away with the feeling that something is off about him and what he is saying about his brother. He is hiding something.
4 - His "friend/girlfriend/whatever" is the ex-wife of an virulent, anti-Trump, Maddow loving, Leftist wingnut. Unlikely she would go from that to anything to the Right of that, even a to a moderate.
5 - Because the media/Dems are pretending there is no "political" motive to be seen they can run with their anti-gun agenda without interference or distraction by ancillary (to them) issues.
I believe it may just be found that the most likely motive is the hatred inspired by CNN/MSNBC/ANTIFA and Liberals such as those on DU as an example.
To Conservatives: Watch your backs and if you haven't already, arm up in public and at large gatherings. ANTIFA types are filled with delusional, gonna-save-the-world-from-Trump, Leftist, Marxists and radicals who are far, FAR outside any acceptable, normal behavior or values of normal political life. These folks burn with a hatred of Trump and HATRED, intense HATRED, of America unlike any I have ever seen, including the turbulent '60s!!
As Scott Adams said in an opinion piece back in January 2017:
"But lately I get the feeling that Trump’s critics have evolved from expecting Trump to be Hitler to preferring it. Obviously they don’t prefer it in a conscious way. But the alternative to Trump becoming Hitler is that they have to live out the rest of their lives as confirmed morons."
(Because they so hate Trump, and so believe they are right, they need to make Trump BE Hitler to confirm and prop-up their own self-identity)
We are dealing with a very, different animal right now folks, 50 years of social/economic welfare and the destruction of American values has created a monster. Watch your backs.
But what may have seemed like a difficult feat, firing across an urban area and into a crowd from about 500 yards away — the equivalent of several football fields — appears to have been offset by Mr. Paddock’s preparations, which made it possible for him to inflict mass carnage.
Law enforcement officials cautioned that their information remained preliminary amid a rapidly unfolding investigation, and it was at times contradictory. But officials said Mr. Paddock established firing positions by smashing a pair of windows in his hotel room. He was armed with at least 23 firearms, the authorities said, including rifles designed to be fired at such distances. He was also perched from a vantage point that increased the likelihood that even errant shots were more likely to strike someone than had he fired them from ground level.
Among his weapons, a law enforcement official said, were AR-15-style rifles, a civilian variant of a standard service rifle used by the American military for more than a half-century.
The possibility that Mr. Paddock used tripods, which two law enforcement officials said were in the room, indicates that he understood how to overcome some of the difficulties of his plan. Special mounts designed to fit the underside of a rifle and sit atop camera tripods allow the gunman to fire more accurately while standing. Military snipers use tripods in urban spaces, often setting themselves back from a window so neither they nor their weapons can be seen from the streets below.
These preparations, along with the downward angle of Mr. Paddock’s gunfire and the density of concertgoers, would make the shooting more lethal than it might otherwise have been, and more difficult to counter or escape.
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Analysis of video posted on social media shows that the gunman used rifles with rapid-fire capabilities.
When the gunshots started, videos showed, those in front of the stage dropped to their stomachs — often an adequate first measure when under fire. But on Sunday night, the decision potentially put them at greater risk.
Mr. Paddock’s position overhead gave him a vantage point over objects and obstacles that would typically protect people from bullets flying from a gunman at ground level. It also meant that inaccurate shots — the sort common to rapid or hurried fire, which typically sail high or strike the ground short — could still plunge into areas where people were huddled.
Audio recordings of the shooting suggest that at least one of Mr. Paddock’s weapons fired automatically, discharging multiple bullets with a single depression of a trigger, in what are commonly called bursts.
Weapons capable of burst fire have long been federally regulated in the United States and are more difficult to obtain than weapons that fire semiautomatically, for which regulations vary by state
It was not clear on Monday evening whether Mr. Paddock possessed such weapons, or used semiautomatic weapons that had been altered. In some videos of the shooting, the rate of fire sounds inconsistent, at times sputtering.
This suggests the possibility that a weapon could have been modified to fire more quickly, a change to semiautomatic firearms known as bump or slide fire. Such modifications harness the recoil to allow for rapid fire.
He was worth more than $2 million, relatives said. Before retiring, he made a small fortune from real estate deals and a business that he and Eric Paddock sold off. He traveled a lot and had millions of free airline miles.
At various points of his life, Stephen Paddock worked for defense contractor Lockheed Martin and as an accountant and property manager. As a retiree, he had no children and plenty of money to play with. So he took up gambling.
“It’s like a job for him. It’s a job where you make money,” said Eric Paddock, adding that his brother could lose $1 million and still have enough to live on. “He was at the hotel for four months one time. It was like a second home.”
He recalled one time when the entire family took over the top floor of the Atlantis at the casino’s expense.
His brother was very particular about the games he played. “It had to be the right machine with double points, and there has to be a contest going on. He won a car one time,” Eric Paddock said.
“He’s known. He’s a top player. He’s the small end of the big fish.”
Over the past two decades, Stephen Paddock bought and lived in properties in several states, including California, Nevada, Florida and Texas, where for a time, neighbors said he lived with his mother. Public records show Paddock owned two planes and was a licensed pilot. He also had a fishing license from Alaska.
He told neighbors he was a professional gambler and a prospector, and he appeared to favor buying homes in retirement communities. At one point, he and his longtime girlfriend, Marilou Danley, were living in at least three retirement communities, property records show. Neighbors said the couple seemed almost itinerant, leaving the properties empty for long stretches as Paddock visited his casinos.
Donald Judy, who was his next-door neighbor in Florida until two years ago, said the inside of Paddock’s home “looked like a college freshman lived there.” There was no art on the walls and no car in the driveway. Just a dining chair, a bed and two recliners. Paddock was constantly on the move, carrying a suitcase and driving a rental car whenever he stayed at the community near Cocoa Beach.
“It looked like he’d be ready to move at a moment’s notice,” Judy said.
Judy said he never flashed his wealth, often wearing khaki cotton pants, with a polo or other collared shirt, and never driving anything nicer than a standard rental car.
A little while after living there, Paddock left Judy a key and asked him to keep an eye on the rarely used house and to borrow any tools he might want. Judy said there were no drugs or parties, nothing unusual except for Paddock’s gambling.
“They did seem to always stay up till midnight and sleep in till noon,” Judy said. “They always seemed to stay on Vegas time.”
Then, as quickly as he had appeared, Paddock put up a for-sale sign, Judy said. “He never said much about it, just said they were moving back to Vegas.”
California records show that Paddock married a woman named Peggy Okamoto in 1985. They divorced in 1990 citing “irreconcilable differences.” In recent years, Danley had become his girlfriend, relatives said.
Authorities said Danley was out of the country at the time of the shooting and was located in Tokyo. She is not considered a suspect.
At one point, Danley worked as a high-limit hostess for Club Paradise, a rewards program in the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev., according to her LinkedIn profile. In a statement, Atlantis officials said she has not worked for the casino for several years.
Diane McKay lived next door to Paddock and Danley at their Reno home until July, when McKay moved away. Danley wasn’t forthcoming about her life, and Paddock was unfriendly, McKay recalled. She only saw him in the mornings, when he went to the clubhouse to work out.
“He was weird. Kept to himself,” said McKay, 79. “It was like living next to nothing. . . . You can at least be grumpy, something. He was just nothing, quiet.”
The couple kept their blinds closed, but sometimes Paddock would open the garage door, revealing an enormous safe the size of a refrigerator.
He said the situation has been very difficult for their 89-year-old mother, who “had to deal with her husband who was a bank robber, and now this.”
Eric Paddock said that his brother was a wealthy man who gambled for fun. The two brothers had shared a real estate business for decades, refurbishing properties, the sale of which had left his brother with what he estimated was $2 million. “He’s a multimillionaire,” he said. “He helped me become affluent, he made me wealthy.”
Stephen Paddock, 64, lived with his current girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62.
She worked as “high-limit hostess” at the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nev. from 2010 to 2013, according to her LinkedIn account. On Monday, the casino said that she left the company several years ago. High-limit hostesses attend to members of a loyalty club called Club Paradise who spend large quantities of money and receive discounted hotel rooms, meals and other amenities, according to the casino’s website.
Mr. Paddock seemed to have no criminal history, according to records searches in places where he was known to have lived. The Mesquite Police Department said they had no interactions with the couple, including traffic stops.
...One of Mr. Paddock’s ex-wives, who now lives near Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles police that they had divorced 27 years ago after being married six years. They had no children.
He owned several homes and properties across the country, according to a review of public records.
“He seemed normal, other than that he lived by gambling,” Sharon Judy, a former neighbor, told Florida Today. “He was very open about that. First time we ever met him, he handed us the key to the house and said, ‘Hey, would you keep an eye on the house, we’re only going to be here every now and then.’ ”
He was a regular at the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, where on Monday the slot machines jangled, the waitresses circled and gamblers folded hundred dollar bills into the hands of eager bookies.
Several people said Mr. Paddock played video poker and card games and had recently won a $20,000 jackpot, a celebrated event at the casino.
“That was his spirit,” said Doug Reath, a Mesquite resident who works in real estate. “He would come here and play.”'
Killed in the Las Vegas massacre: The first of 59 dead and 527 injured are identified including a kindergarten teacher, an ex-cheerleader, a wife who died in her husband's arms, two Army vets, and a heroic male nurse, 29, who saved his surgeon wife
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- At least 59 people were killed and 527 injured after shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Sonny Melton, a 29-year-old nurse, was fatally shot in the back as he and wife Heather tried to flee
- Jordan McIldoon, 23, a mechanic's apprentice, was at the festival with his girlfriend when he was shot dead
- Quinton Robbins, 20, of Henderson, Nevada, along with kindergarten teacher and mother-of-two Jenny Parks and Susan Smith, 53, an office manager for the Simi Valley Unified School District were also killed
- Denise Salmon Burditus, 50, reportedly died in her husband Tony Burditus' arms just minutes after posting a picture of themselves at the festival
- Mom-of-four Jessica Klymchuk, Adrian Murfitt, 35, John Phippen, Rhonda LeRocque, Dana Gardner, Bailey Schweitzer, Angie Gomez, school secretary Lisa Romero, and Charleston Hartfield were also victims
- Melissa Ramirez, who was a graduate of California State University at Bakersfield, and 35-year-old special education teacher Sandy Casey were also killed in the horrific shooting
- Mother-of-three, Neysa Tonks, was identified by family members; she leaves behind her three sons
- Rachael Parker, 33, was with fellow off-duty officers when Paddock opened fire, she later died at the hospital
- Father-of-one, Michael Anderson, military veteran Christopher Roybal, Erick Silva, Tom Day Jr, and attorney Jennifer Irvine were all identified as victims who died in the shooting
- Austin Davis, Brennan Stewart, Jack Beaton, Kurt Von Tillow, 55, and Hannah Ahlers were identified Monday
- Shooter was identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, who opened fire from a 32nd floor room of Mandalay Bay Hotel after 10pm Sunday night
- Police say they breached Paddock's room and found him dead inside alongside an 'arsenal' of weapons
- Cops located his girlfriend Marilou Danley, 62, for questioning, but don't believe she's involved in the shooting
- It's the deadliest shooting in US history - eclipsing last year's massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida
The first shooting victims have been identified after 59 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Sonny Melton, 29, Denise Salmon Burditus, 50, Lisa Romero, Jordan McIldoon, 23, Jessica Klymchuk, 28, Jenny Parks, Susan Smith, 53, and Adrian Murfitt, 35, all lost their lives when 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of nearby Mesquite, Nevada began shooting from his hotel room across the street at the Mandalay Bay Casino.
John Phippen, Rhonda LeRocque, Dana Gardner, Quinton Robbins, 20, Bailey Schweitzer, Angie Gomez, and Carrie Barnette were killed in the mass shooting.
Melissa Ramirez, who was a graduate of California State University at Bakersfield, Erick Silva, Tom Day Jr and 35-year-old special education teacher Sandy Casey were also killed in the horrific shooting.
Another 527 people were injured in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Melton's wife Heather, a surgeon, who was with him watching Jason Aldean at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, says her brave and selfless husband died saving her life.
'He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,' she told WSMV. 'I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.'
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Sonny Melton, 29, died saving his surgeon wife Heather's life when Stephen Craig Paddock of nearby Mesquite, Nevada began shooting from his hotel room across the street at the Mandalay Bay Casino
Denise Salmon Burditus, 50, was among the 59 people murdered at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. She is pictured with her husband Tony Burditus at the festival in a photograph she posted to Facebook at around 9.30pm PDT - just minutes before the gunman opened fire
Mom-of-four Jessica Klymchuk (left) and Quinton Robbins, 20, (right) are among the 59 people who were gunned down and killed during the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival last night
Jordan McIlldoon (left) and Lisa Romero (right) are reportedly among the 59 people who lost their lives during the mass shooting
Adrian Murfitt, 35, (left)was confirmed dead by a close friend, while married mother-of-two, and kindergarten teacher Jenny Parks (right) was also killed in the carnage
Susan Smith, (left) an office manager for the Simi Valley Unified School District since 2001, and Dana Gardner (right) who worked for the County of San Bernardino
Rhonda LeRocque (left) a minister's wife, from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, died instantly after being shot in the back of the head. Fellow victim John Phippen, (right) of Santa Clarita, California, was at the concert with his son Travis - a medic - but tragically Travis wasn't able to save his own father
Former cheerleader, Angie Gomez, who graduated from Riverside Polytechnic HS, in California, is among the 57 other people killed in the tragedy on Sunday
The couple lived in Big Sandy, Tennessee, where Melton worked as a registered nurse in an emergency room and ICU at Henry County Medical Center.
His wife works at the hospital and he aided her in the operating room. They married in 2016.
'We were the couple that never should have met, fallen in love or had a future together....but life is funny and we believe God brought us together as soul mates,' read their wedding page on The Knot. 'We have shared amazing times together and nearly unbearable heartaches but through it all we have grown stronger in our love for each other and our families.'
Mother-of-two, and kindergarten teacher Jenny Parks, of Lancaster, LA in California, was also killed in the carnage.
Her aunt, Rhonda Boyle, wrote on Facebook: 'It's a sad day for me and my family my niece was murdered killed by that SOB in Los Vegas. Please pray for me and my family, she was a sweet woman... and a good mother.'
She leaves behind her husband Bobby Parks, 39, and their two kids.
Rachael Parker was with fellow off-duty officers from Manhattan Beach, California when Paddock opened fire.
Parker, 33, was a records technician for the force for 10 years, the agency said in a statement. She died at the hospital.
Victims Bailey Schweitzer, of Bakersfield, California, (left) and Carrie Barnette, a Pacifica High School graduate (right)
Melissa Ramirez (pictured), who was a graduate of California State University at Bakersfield, was also killed in the shooting. Sandy Casey (right), 35, special education teacher from southern California were also killed in the horrific shooting
Rachael Parker (left) was with fellow off-duty officers from Manhattan Beach, California when Paddock opened fire. Parker, 33, was a records technician for the force for 10 years, the agency said in a statement. She died at the hospital. Charleston Hartfield (right) was also among the 59 victims
Mother-of-three, Neysa Tonks (pictured), was the latest victim to be identified. Her family started a GoFundMe account in order to raise money for her three sons. San Diego attorney Jennifer Irvine (right) was also identified by her friends on Monday. Irvine was a graduate of University of San Diego and California Western School of Law, and was a family law attorney
Erick Silva (left) and Tom Day Jr (right) were also identified as two of the victims by family and friends
Michael Anderson also tragically died during the horrific shooting on Sunday night. Anderson's girlfriend, Bianca Acosta (pictured right), posted a heartfelt tribute to Anderson on Facebook earlier on Monday
'I never felt so much love and adoration. He was everything a woman could want and need in a man,' Acosta wrote about Anderson (pictured together) on Facebook. The pair had a son together as well
Mother-of-three, Neysa Tonks, was the latest victim to be identified. Her family started a GoFundMe account in order to raise money for her three sons.
Denise Salmon Burditus, 50, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, reportedly died in her husband of 32 years, Tony Burditus' arms just minutes after posting a picture of themselves at the festival.
Burditus, a semi-retired grandmother and mom, according to Facebook, regularly posted loving posts about her husband Tony - her high school sweetheart from Hedgesville High School. The couple had moved around a lot, according to friends, but had recently returned to Martinsburg to settle down.
Her friend Jeanette McNally said she was in 'complete shock and grief' at her loss.
'Beautiful Denise Salmon Burditus life was taken during the attack on Las Vegas,' she wrote. 'What a loss.
'I'm just praying for comfort for their shattered hearts. Her family...Her adoring husband...Her beautiful children and grandbabies...Her friends whom she loved like family.'
Christopher Roybal (left and right) was identified by his mother as the 25th victim. The military veteran served in Afghanistan & would've turned 29 years old next week
Jack Beaton (right) was identified as the 26th victim killed in the shooting on Sunday. He and his wife, Laurie (pictured), attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival together. They had been married 23 years
This was the last photo Beaton posted of his family and friends during their third day attending the music festival
Kurt Von Tillow, 55, was a 'loving husband, father and grandfather,' his grieving family said after confirming he was among the 59 victims killed. He was with his wife in Las Vegas during the tragedy
Austin Davis (left) and Brennan Stewart (right) were also identified by family members on social media late Monday night as victims of the shooting. Davis was from Riverside, California, while Stewart was living in Las Vegas