The deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas Uvalde took place on October 1, 2017. A 64-year-old Mesquite, Nevada resident, Stephen Paddock, opened fire from a 32nd-floor suite in the Mandalay Bay hotel. The shooting left 60 dead and at least 413 injured. There are a number of factors that may have contributed to this tragedy. Here are a few of the most prominent. Read about the killer’s mental state and his motives for opening fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
Paddock’s father was a criminal
The murderous spree began in the 60s, when Stephen Paddock’s father was involved in a series of armed robberies in the United States. After racking up a huge debt of over $20,000, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but eventually escaped and fled to San Francisco, where he would rob a bank and then disappear. But what was his father’s motivation for committing such heinous acts?
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was convicted of bank robberies and was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He robbed a bank in Phoenix in 1960 and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. He escaped from prison in 1968 and went by aliases, including “Chromedome” and “Old Baldy.” In 1966, he was convicted of armed robberies and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He escaped from prison on New Year’s Eve 1968, and was put on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. The FBI also reported that he was displaying signs of suicidal tendencies.
Paddock’s mental health was deteriorating
A witness to the massacre reported that Stephen Paddock was increasingly distraught as he grew older. He spoke of anti-government conspiracy theories and overly burdensome taxes. He also told the witness that he believed that someone should wake the American people up and protect their Second Amendment rights. Paddock’s mental state was depressed, but he did not leave a manifesto to describe his motivations.
A recent review of his social media accounts showed that he had a history of a mental breakdown and was not able to develop any meaningful relationships. One of his closest friends said that he had been depressed, but investigators did not believe this was a cause of his actions. Paddock killed 58 people and injured 489 others in Las Vegas, which he said was a target practice.
Paddock’s escape plan
During the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, Stephen Paddock attempted to flee by driving into the hotel’s stairwell, then slamming his gun as police closed in. The shooter’s escape plan was so elaborate that it would have taken a super hero to pull it off on his own. The note that Paddock left behind includes his calculations on aiming the bullets and distance from target. Several other laptops were also found in Paddock’s room, including one with a hard drive missing. In addition to the laptops, forensics found hundreds of images of child pornography on the hard drive of one of the laptops. Police have yet to identify the woman who was with Paddock during the last days, but they are working to fill out the timeline
Stephen Paddock’s getaway plan involved sending his girlfriend to Mesquite, where she lived with her family. He also wired her $100,000 to buy a house for herself and her family.
Guns found in hotel suite
Police have recovered 23 guns from Stephen Paddock’s suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Many of these firearms are legal to purchase in Nevada. At least 20 of the guns were AR-15-style assault rifles, according to a federal law enforcement official. Among the weapons recovered were two assault rifles outfitted with scopes. Police have not yet determined why Paddock picked those particular weapons.
Police have located the guns and ammunition in the room of the suspects, who were arrested on suspicion of the deadly shooting. Authorities are investigating whether the suspects used these weapons to target tourists, who were trying to make a getaway from Las Vegas. The hotel employees who discovered the weapons said the suspects had a previous history of mental illness. Police also discovered that Casteel was a recent divorcee and had numerous firearms.
Lawsuits filed against MGM Resorts
A group of plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against MGM Resorts after the deadly mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Nevada last October. The lawsuits allege that the company failed to provide security measures that would have prevented the shooting. The plaintiffs claim that MGM was negligent in failing to provide security at the hotel or in its surrounding area. The company filed a defense brief in the lawsuit arguing that it had taken reasonable steps to protect its guests.
After the shooting, hundreds of lawsuits were filed against MGM Resorts. The resort’s owners, MGM, settled the lawsuits and agreed to pay as much as $800 million to victims. The lawsuits involved injuries suffered by victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting, which claimed 58 lives and injured hundreds of others. According to the settlement, Mandalay Bay’s insurers and MGM will contribute at least $735 million, and up to $800 million, depending on the number of victims. Lawyers for victims are pleased with the outcome of the settlement, saying it represents good corporate citizenship.