Just recently the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a “Preliminary Investigative Report” on what they have termed the “1 October Mass Casualty Shooting.”
While many minds are already made up about what happened that terrible day in Las Vegas, there is still much we don’t know. Many accept the official reports about the events leading up to and on October 1st, while the more conspiracy minded are sure there is more to the story and have attempted to pin responsibility on varying agencies or groups.
However, the facts we do have, while showing the official narrative to be highly lacking, also point no fingers.
The intention of this article is not to draw conclusions, but merely to point out some inconsistencies in the preliminary report.
First I’d like to start with some of the odder things I noticed about Stephen Paddock, and the descriptions thereof. To be fair, many thing that Stephen Paddock did in the days and weeks prior are strange behavior, but many of those behaviors are less odd once the horror unfolds. These are some of the things that may eventually point to something more.
Stephen Paddock had very recently massively increased his gun holdings.
Over 34 years, Paddock had been known to purchase 29 guns. In the year from October 2016 to September 2017, he purchased “over 55 firearms.”
Going further into his gun ownership, we are at last brought to the now infamous “bump stock.” I am admittedly quite uninformed when it comes to guns, but I think it’s fair to say that a reasonably small percentage of Americans had ever heard of a bump stock before October 1st, and still fewer would have known what they were for. Yet Mr. Paddock had not one or two weapons equipped with bump stocks, but enough to arm a small military unit.
Room 32-135, the suite, contained twelve AR-15s equipped with bump stocks, all but one fully loaded. The last had no magazine. Room 32-134, the adjoined, smaller room had one more fully loaded AR-15 with bump stock. And note in the first graphic, with the exception of the revolver with which it is assumed Mr. Paddock took his own life, all the firearms recovered were purchased in the last year.
Stephen Paddock was described as a germaphobe, but the rooms are dirty and cluttered
It would seem that someone who suffered from germ-related phobias and had adverse reactions to smells would tend to keep their lodgings in a reasonable state of cleanliness. Mr. Paddock seems to have been fine with very cluttered accommodations (not including the broken glass and shell casings, a direct result of the massacre) as well as leaving food on the plates that littered the room services trays he used for his monitoring system.
The next set of photos in from the adjoining Room 32-134. The second room was not on the original reservation, but was added once Paddock had checked into the Mandalay Bay on September 25th.
Note that one bed in 32-134 seems to have been used. We do not know if the bed in 32-135 was used after the last cleaning in addition to the bed in 32-134 as there are no photos of the bed in the master bedroom of 32-135 contained in the LVMPD report. There is a description of the master bedroom however.
In this description we find something strange. No ID was found on Paddock’s body, but ID was scattered about the rooms. His passport was found lying on the bed in the master bedroom, along with a laptop, some gift cards, a checkbook (name not noted) and a cash out voucher for another casino.
Note as well, the boxers just lying on the floor.
The next thing to note is the prescription. It is in the name of “Steve Paddock,” not a usage we see elsewhere, but indicative of nothing at this point.
What is interesting is that Paddock’s physician described him as “fearful of medications, often refusing to take them.”
And to kind of bring the whole thing together, other credit cards and forms of identification were found on the end of the bar in the kitchenette area of the suite. All cards were in the name of “Stephen Paddock,” with the exception of an Mlife Players’ Card in the name of “Marilou Danley.”
Note that the description doesn’t state the cards were inside the wallet, even mentioning the cards AFTER “tape roll.” Maybe not an accurate representation, but we can only go by the evidence presented.
Paddock spent hours at a nearby gun range and made several large transactions
On the 26th of September, Stephen Paddock wired $50,000 from his Wells Fargo account to an unknown account in the Philippines.
On the 28th, Paddock deposited $14,000 and wired a second $50,000 to the Philippines.
He also purchased another .308 at a local store. He was then seen at the nearby city landfill/gun range. Reported as “driving around” for about 20 minutes, he wouldn’t leave Mesquite for a few more hours. Could he have met someone at the gun range?
Which brings us to another strange thing. Was Marilou Danley there or not? She claims to have been in the Philippines at the time of the shooting, and it seems she did fly back to the US a few days later to speak with investigators. Her Mlife card was found in 32-134, so it’s possible someone else used her card to park the car, but who?
If Stephen Paddock was alone the entire time, why did he book a second room? Was it simply to have a room from which to monitor the hall? And why were the last two room service orders so large? Each around 100 dollars and the last specifically consisting of two entrees, it seems like a lot of food for one person, especially considering Mr. Paddock doesn’t seem to have slept much over this several day period.
On the 29th, Paddock ordered a second refrigerator to be delivered to the suite 32-135. He then checked into Room 32-134 under Danley’s name from the VIP counter at around 3:00pm. He then went to his room and stayed there until 1:00am.
At 11:11pm, a room service ticket for $102.99 was charged to 32-134 (Danley’s room).
Why did Paddock fire at the fuel tank at McCarran Airport?
At one point during the shooting, it appears that 8 shots were fired from a .308 equipped with tracers or “frangible incendiary” ammunition, 2 of which struck a fuel tank at nearby McCarran Airport.
Why was he firing at the tank? Did he expect it to explode, and if so, for what purpose? Distraction or was there more to it?
A few more little oddities and then we finish with the Big Inconsistency, stick with me!
I want to note that I have zero expertise in forensic crime scenes and gun-related suicides, but the description of how Mr. Paddock was found dead and his autopsy create some interesting questions.
The first thing I noted was how the heat detector had stopped registering a heat source. I had to do some research to even understand what they were talking about. It turns out that in commercial applications, there is more than the old “smoke detector” we are all familiar with.
There is a device known as a heat detector that registers sudden changes in temperature which could indicate presence of fire. This model from Siemens says that it is for “monitoring of rooms in which a quick temperature rise is expected in case of fire, or when optical detection is difficult.”
Does this mean it senses body heat? Sure sounds like it. Please correct me if this is not the case. But it’s why I put it so late, I’m not super concerned with it.
But this was found in the description of the events:
We see that at 10:13pm Paddock fired into the concert venue, and then two more volleys 2 minutes later, at 10:15pm.
A scant THREE minutes later, “the heat detection indicator… detected no further readings.” Which heat source is this referring to, rifle muzzles, body heat, or something else entirely?
Second is the notation of Paddock’s body positioning and the location of the revolver.
Paddock is said to have died from a presumably self-inflicted “interoral” gun shot wound, which would suggest he put the revolver in his mouth and pulled the trigger. The revolver was found lying on the floor “above” his head (lying directly to the South of his head) and blood was noted to be on the weapon. In the infamous photo released soon after, there was a noticeable pool of blood under the weapon as well.
However, his arms were noted to be straight down at his sides. Is it possible that the gun goes over his head as he falls back and then his arms lay flat? I suppose so. But we may as well note it here, in the name of semi-complete-ness.
The witnesses provide a bit of interest. One for his inconsistencies, others for their absence.
Mandalay Bay Security Officer Jesus Campos was assigned several tickets from the Hotel Service Optimization System (HotSOS), with Room 32-129 being last of the tickets. Officer Campos is the one who received a bullet wound from gunfire down the hallway coming from Room 32-135 during the chaos.
Campos reported he walked DOWN to the 31st floor to get to the guest elevators and return to the 32nd floor, while security footage shows he went UP to the 33rd instead. The chaos could definitely cause some confusion and mis-remembrances, but this seems quite a large detail to get wrong. But again, this alone is indicative of nothing.
I do however find it odd that it was seen as necessary to add this to the official preliminary report:
Which brings us to the last of the small questions. There is a bit of discussion of room guests being cleared out of the 31st floor, and the 200 wing of the 32nd floor, but little mention of guests on the 100 wing. Also, to date there have been no witness statements released from anyone staying in that wing. I assume there were other guests in that wing, but we have yet to hear from them about the event or their impressions of Paddock.
The RED FLAG issue
And that brings us to the one “red flag” in this report. I will assume that the investigators are competent at their jobs, and I will assume that chain-of-evidence procedures were followed properly. That being said, we have an issue.
When he was found, Paddock was wearing black pants, long sleeve brown shirt, grey shoes and black gloves.
When Mr. Paddock’s body was received for autopsy, we get a second report, following:
The shoes are now black, and there are no gloves present!
What happened between the scene and the medical examiner’s office? Is this merely some oversight? I guess we wait and see.
By way of wrapping up the strangeness, let’s simply refer to the LVMPD Preliminary Report Findings, shall we?
The first is as we were always told, he acted alone. After that, things get a little odd. He had no criminal background and all the guns he owned were purchased legally, despite the arsenal he had apparently collected and transported.
There has been no evidence of radicalization or ideology. In other words, no ISIS connections, no anti-Trump posts, no “tear down the State” ramblings.
Additionally, no suicide note nor “manifesto” was found to explain what would cause someone to commit such an act. In fact, the report states that “nothing was found to indicate motive.” The only behavior that would show any indication of an “end game” strategy was the fact that Paddock paid off all his gambling debts before the shooting.
While I have not attempted to answer any questions, I hope we have raised a few new points of inquiry. There is much beyond the scope of this article still to be researched and followed, including the recently revealed emails that suggest contact over sale of weapons.
But that is for another day.
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