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Questions swirl around Las Vegas gunman’s motive, weapons

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On Sunday night, hundreds of people gathered at the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas to watch acts like Lauren AlainaJason AldeanBig & Rich, and Luke Combs take the stage. Just after 10 p.m. local time, shots were fired from the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Bullets littered the festival grounds as bodies dispersed. A total of 58 people (not including the gunman) lost their lives and an additional 500+ were injured.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified by police as Stephen Paddock, 64.

He committed suicide before police were able to get to his room. Law enforcement officials were alerted to his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the hotel due to a smoke alarm that was set off by the gun smoke. Upon entering the room, police found Paddock dead.

As the pieces of this heinous crime have been put together, some people have been digging deep into various conspiracy theories in an effort to explain the one question that no one can answer: Why?

Over the past 24+ hours, rampant speculation and hypothetical arguments have circulated online. While not everyone is buying into these conspiracy theories, they are certainly getting some attention on the internet today.

Here is what you need to know:


1. Law Enforcement Officials Have Not Figured Out a Motive

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Perhaps the very reason that these conspiracy theories are taking social media by storm is that Paddock’s motive is unknown. This has led to people becoming their very own detectives, trying to figure out exactly what went through Paddock’s mind, how long he’d been planning this (presuming it was pre-planned based on the fact that he had more than 10 rifles in his hotel room), and just about every other question you can think of.

“I just want closure. Why? What’s the reason that on that particular night, one individual would sacrifice everyone else for his insanity?’’ asked Herman Gold, who escaped the gunfire unharmed.


2. The Shooting Happened Near the Luxor Hotel, Which Is Shaped Like a Pyramid — a Sign of the Illuminati

The festival grounds are located across from the Luxor Hotel on the south end of the Las Vegas strip. The Luxor is known for its unique architecture as it is shaped like a pyramid and is easily distinguished. A pyramid is a known symbol of the Illuminati.

“The symbol of a pyramid has long been associated with the Illuminati, a fictitious shadowy group whose powerful members secretly control the [world],” reports Mashable.

“The Luxor is known as the Egyptian themed casino with the pyramid that has the illuminated apex and obelisk nearby. These symbols are of great usage to the ‘Illuminati’ who subscribe to many of the [magical] and esoteric concepts of ancient Egypt and its mystery schools that shared these ideas only to the initiates deemed worthy,” the Illuminati Watcher explained.

Some conspiracy theorists believe that the shooting happened at this location because it was a sign of the Illuminati. Others believe that it was some kind of public sacrifice or offering.


3. Freemasons Have Been Associated with the Illuminati & the 32nd Floor Hotel Room Is Linked, Say Theorists

First, what exactly is Freemasonry? For the sake of ease, it’s basically a fraternity. The following definition can be found on The Grand Lodge of Ohio’s website.

“Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With 120,000 Masons and 530 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country. As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.”

According to Ranker, George Washington, John Wayne, Oscar Wilde, Benjamin Franklin, Don Rickles, Richard Pryor, Michael Richards, Willie Mays, and several more have identified themselves as Freemasons.

A few years ago, country music star Brad Paisley opened up about being a Mason. You can watch him talk about his beliefs in the video below.

So, what do Freemasons have to do with the Las Vegas concert shooting? Paddock took aim at thousands of people from his hotel room on the 32nd floor. The number “32” is significant when it comes to being a Mason. The organization uses degrees to show rank.

The 32nd degree is known as the Master of the Royal Secret. The highest degree Mason is a 33.


4. One Witness Told Local News that a Strange Woman Told Concertgoers ‘You’re All Going to Die’ Before the Shooting

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One of the strangest accounts from that terrifying night came by way of a witness who recalled being told that she was going to die, about 45 minutes before Paddock started shooting at the crowd. The concertgoer named Brianna was celebrating her 21st birthday at the show. She recalled a weird occurrence that may have been some kind of serious warning.

“She started messing with another lady and told us that we were all going to die tonight. We went back up to the room, and as soon as we reached the room from the concert venue, we just heard constant shootings. At first we thought it was fireworks, but then it was — it was shooting,” Brianna told News3LV.

As you can probably imagine, people have been very curious about Brianna’s interview — and about this mystery woman who may have been warning people about the shooting. But how did she know?

You can watch Brianna’s interview in the video below.


5. The ‘Mystery’ Behind Paddock’s ’13’ Neck ‘Tattoo’

Last but not least, people have been talking about an apparent tattoo that was spotted on Paddock’s neck. The number “13” appears to be on his neck in the first photo that was released of him. You can make out the numbers in the photo above, as they appear right until his beard in the center of his neck.

Some people don’t believe that this is a tattoo — it could just be the way the skin on his neck was hanging. However, other people are convinced that this is some kind of sign.

There are several different things associated with the number 13. The number is “symbolic of rebellion and lawlessness,” according to the Bible Study Site. Additionally, you can find all kinds of symbolism with the number when it comes to Christian faith.

At the same time, many people believe that “13” is an unlucky number (think Friday the 13th).

The internet has been trying to figure out what that mysterious “13” is on Paddock’s neck, but there hasn’t been any confirmation about it being an actual tattoo. For now, the “13” has become part of this bigger conspiracy theory.

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Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theories Surface, Illuminati & Area 51 Among Them

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Following the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night, several conspiracy theories have surfaced. It hasn’t been 24 hours since suspect Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers attending a country music festival, firing several rounds off from his hotel room at Mandalay Bay. Paddock, 64, who was found dead by police following an apparent suicide, had more than 10 rifles in his hotel room.

So far, 58 people have been confirmed dead and an additional 500-plus were left injured, the severity of those injuries varying from minor to critical.

After hearing the news and putting all of the pieces together, several people have been questioning the story, wondering if there’s more to it than what law enforcement has reported. It is important to note here that these curiosities are made up of “hypothetical” arguments and speculation, which have been circulated, talked about, and debated on social media for the past several hours.

Some people were quick to point out that the shooting occurred near the Luxor Hotel on the Vegas strip. Since the hotel’s architecture is a pyramid, which is a known symbol of the Illuminati, this stirred up a ton of chatter.

“The Luxor is known as the Egyptian themed casino with the pyramid that has the illuminated apex and obelisk nearby. These symbols are of great usage to the ‘Illuminati’ who subscribe to many of the [magical] and esoteric concepts of ancient Egypt and its mystery schools that shared these ideas only to the initiates deemed worthy,” the Illuminati Watcher explains.

“It didn’t help anything to find out the shooting took place on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay- a number significant in Freemasonry as the 2nd to last degree of initiation,” the site adds.

For those who are unfamiliar with “Freemasonry,” it’s basically a fraternity, according to CBS News.

“Simply put, it’s the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. Its membership is a Who’s Who of world history — George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Davy Crockett, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, John Wayne, even Colonel Sanders. If you want to be a Mason, you can petition a local lodge for membership. You’ll need to demonstrate good character and belief in some sort of Supreme Being. Oh, and in almost all lodges, it’s men only.”

Many have associated Masons with the Illuminati, and Twitter has lit up with posts about one of the performers at the country music festival being a freemason.

The following photo suggests even more reasons why people are connecting the Illuminati to the Las Vegas shooting.

In addition to this, several people have been talking about information going out over the police scanners last night. There have been tweets talking about “more than one shooter,” which may have been a thought at one point in time. Although law enforcement confirmed that Paddock acted as a “lone wolf,” social media has other thoughts.

Another thing that has people scratching their heads is the story about a woman who was seen pushing through the crowd trying to leave just before shots were fired. A concertgoer named Brianna told News3LV that the woman was telling people at the concert that they were “all going to die tonight.”

“She started messing with another lady and told us that we were all going to die tonight,” Brianna told the outlet. “We went back up to the room, and as soon as we reached the room from the concert venue, we just heard constant shootings. At first we thought it was fireworks, but then it was — it was shooting.”

Below are some tweets about the shooting and the Illuminati.

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No motive, just like in many other cases of mass shooting – The World Web Times

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Vegas shooter’s girlfriend Marilou Danley arrives in Los Angeles – CNN

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Vegas shooter’s girlfriend Marilou Danley arrives in Los Angeles
CNN
Marilou Danley flew from the Philippines and landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday evening. She is being accompanied by the FBI in Los Angeles, where Las Vegas police plan to question her, the source said. Authorities in the US, …
Marilou Danley: What we know about Las Vegas gunman’s companionFox News
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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s ‘girlfriend’ arrives in US – BBC News

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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s ‘girlfriend’ arrives in US
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Paddock killed 58 concert-goers and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday, in a deadly mass shooting. He sprayed bullets into a crowd attending a country music festival from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, before apparently killing …
Did the Las Vegas Shooting Involve an Automatic Weapon?The Atlantic
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TIME
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Stephen Paddock Had Deadly But Legal Gun Device That ‘Simulates Automatic Fire’ – HuffPost

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Stephen Paddock Had Deadly But Legal Gun Device That ‘Simulates Automatic Fire’
HuffPost
When law enforcement officials searched through Stephen Paddock’s arsenal of weapons, they discovered that 12 of his 47 firearms were outfitted with a deadly device that allows a semiautomatic weapon to perform more like a fully automatic weapon.
Stephen Paddock owned over 40 guns. Nevada law made that easy.Vox
Las Vegas shooting updates: Portraits of the victims emergeLos Angeles Times
‘Bump-stock’ devices: How Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used ‘souped-up semi-automatic’ weaponsTelegraph.co.uk
NBCNews.com –TMZ.com –Daily Mail
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Las Vegas gunman was prescribed Valium, girlfriend faces questions – The Australian

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Las Vegas gunman was prescribed Valium, girlfriend faces questions
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The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, Filipina-Australian Marilou Danley, has landed back in the US to face questions about the shooting and money sent overseas just before it. Ms Danley, accompanied by FBI agents, arrived back in the US …
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Marilou Danley: What We Know So Far as Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Returns to US – Newsweek

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Marilou Danley: What We Know So Far as Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Returns to US
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The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has returned to the United States and is due to meet with investigators searching for a motive behind the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Marilou Danley, 62, touched down at Los Angeles …
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Las Vegas woman witnessed shooting from inside Mandalay Bay – FOX5 Las Vegas

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Las Vegas woman witnessed shooting from inside Mandalay Bay
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Two days after the mass shooting on the Strip many people were still trying to process what they saw. A valley woman who was inside the Mandalay Bay Sunday night captured video of people running and falling to the ground. Kristi Moore had just stepped …
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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotel – BBC News

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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotel
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Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday, set up a number of cameras in and around his hotel suite. Two cameras in the hallway and one in the peephole allowed him to see if “law enforcement …
Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Sent $100000 Overseas Before AttackTIME
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend returns to US for questioningToronto Star
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘the most well-known unknown person in town’CBC.ca
LA Daily News –Los Angeles Times –The Independent –Orlando Sentinel
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Las Vegas shooting: Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returns to US, reports say – USA TODAY

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Las Vegas shooting: Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returns to US, reports say
USA TODAY
The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the man who massacred nearly 60 people attending a music festival in Las Vegas, has returned to the United States from the Philippines, according to media reports. Marilou Danley, 62, was met at Los Angeles and more »

Was Marilou Danley a bigamist?: Girlfriend of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘was married to two men at once and … – Daily Mail

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Was Marilou Danley a bigamist?: Girlfriend of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘was married to two men at once and …
Daily Mail
Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, was married to two men at the same time and used two Social Security numbers, according to a report. The Philippines native – who is now a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation into 
Marilou Danley, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, returns to USGlobalnews.ca
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Las Vegas shooting: Gunman fired for 9 to 11 minutes, police say – CNN

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Las Vegas shooting: Gunman fired for 9 to 11 minutes, police say
CNN
From his position at a Las Vegas hotel, Paddock fired a barrage of bullets at 22,000 concertgoers below at a country music festival — made possible through what appeared to be meticulous planning. The shooter had checked into a hotel room overlooking 
Las Vegas shooting: Brother says something drove Paddock into ‘the pit of hell’USA TODAY
How the Las Vegas shooting unfoldedABC News
Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotelBBC News
Washington Post –NPR –NBCNews.com
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Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman Wired Thousands to Philippines Days Before Attack – New York Times

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Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman Wired Thousands to Philippines Days Before Attack
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LAS VEGAS — Stephen Paddock, the gunman who massacred dozens of people in Las Vegasthis week, was a high-stakes gambler who wired thousands of dollars to the Philippines just days before the shooting, a federal official said. The authorities would …
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How the Las Vegas Shooting Could Change Police Tactics – New York Times

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How the Las Vegas Shooting Could Change Police Tactics
New York Times
While police departments will continue to train for mass shootings that follow the more common pattern where the gunman is fairly close to his victims, Sheriff Urquhart said that the Las Vegasattack might have an impact similar to the 1999 Columbine …
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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting – Fox News

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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting
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“In Facebook’s case, an official ‘safety check”page for the Las Vegas shooting prominently displayed a post from a site called ‘Alt-Right News.’ The post incorrectly identified the shooter and described him as a Trump-hating liberal. In addition, some 
Facebook, Google Spread Misinformation About Las Vegas Shooting. What Went Wrong?NPR
After Las Vegas Shooting, Fake News Regains Its MegaphoneNew York Times
After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get the news wrong againEngadget
The Verge –USA TODAY –Forbes
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Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motive – Washington Post

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Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motive
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According to court records, Danley appears to have been living with Paddock as early as August 2013, while she was still married to another man, named Geary Danley. Geary and Marilou Danley were married in Las Vegas in 1990. According to court …
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Las Vegas shooting probe turns to Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley – amNY

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Las Vegas shooting probe turns to Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley
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But law enforcement authorities were hoping to obtain some answers from the woman identified as Paddock’s live-in companion, Marilou Danley, who Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo called a “person of interest” in the investigation. Danley boarded a …
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Vegas shooter’s girlfriend Marilou Danley arrives in Los Angeles – CNN

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CNN
Vegas shooter’s girlfriend Marilou Danley arrives in Los Angeles
CNN
Marilou Danley flew from the Philippines and landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday evening. She is being accompanied by the FBI in Los Angeles, where Las Vegas police plan to question her, the source said. Authorities in the US, …
Marilou Danley: What we know about Las Vegas gunman’s companionFox News
Marilou Danley, Girlfriend of Casino Gunman, Returns to USNew York Times
Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend Marilou Danley returns to USABC News
USA TODAY –Newsweek –NBCNews.com
all 998 news articles »

Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s ‘girlfriend’ arrives in US – BBC News

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BBC News
Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s ‘girlfriend’ arrives in US
BBC News
Paddock killed 58 concert-goers and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday, in a deadly mass shooting. He sprayed bullets into a crowd attending a country music festival from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, before apparently killing …
Did the Las Vegas Shooting Involve an Automatic Weapon?The Atlantic
Marilou Danley: What we know about Las Vegas gunman’s companionFox News
Las Vegas shooting: What we know about Marilou Danley, the shooter’s girlfriendABC News
TIME
all 1,148 news articles »

Stephen Paddock Had Deadly But Legal Gun Device That ‘Simulates Automatic Fire’ – HuffPost

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HuffPost
Stephen Paddock Had Deadly But Legal Gun Device That ‘Simulates Automatic Fire’
HuffPost
When law enforcement officials searched through Stephen Paddock’s arsenal of weapons, they discovered that 12 of his 47 firearms were outfitted with a deadly device that allows a semiautomatic weapon to perform more like a fully automatic weapon.
Stephen Paddock owned over 40 guns. Nevada law made that easy.Vox
Las Vegas shooting updates: Portraits of the victims emergeLos Angeles Times
‘Bump-stock’ devices: How Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used ‘souped-up semi-automatic’ weaponsTelegraph.co.uk
NBCNews.com –TMZ.com –Daily Mail
all 2,800 news articles »

Las Vegas gunman was prescribed Valium, girlfriend faces questions – The Australian

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The Australian
Las Vegas gunman was prescribed Valium, girlfriend faces questions
The Australian
The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, Filipina-Australian Marilou Danley, has landed back in the US to face questions about the shooting and money sent overseas just before it. Ms Danley, accompanied by FBI agents, arrived back in the US …
Marilou Danley back in US; FBI to question herInquirer.net

all 746 news articles »

Marilou Danley: What We Know So Far as Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Returns to US – Newsweek

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Marilou Danley: What We Know So Far as Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Returns to US
Newsweek
The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has returned to the United States and is due to meet with investigators searching for a motive behind the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Marilou Danley, 62, touched down at Los Angeles …
Las Vegas Shooter Sent Girlfriend Marilou Danley Away to Spare Her, Sisters SayNBCNews.com
Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend returns to US for questioningCNBC
Marilou Danley’s Sisters Say Las Vegas Gunman Sent Her Away Before ShootingHuffington Post Australia

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Las Vegas woman witnessed shooting from inside Mandalay Bay – FOX5 Las Vegas

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FOX5 Las Vegas
Las Vegas woman witnessed shooting from inside Mandalay Bay
FOX5 Las Vegas
Two days after the mass shooting on the Strip many people were still trying to process what they saw. A valley woman who was inside the Mandalay Bay Sunday night captured video of people running and falling to the ground. Kristi Moore had just stepped …
Tips for coping after Mandalay Bay mass shootingKTNV Las Vegas
Bend Man at Mandalay Bay During Mass ShootingKBND

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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotel – BBC News

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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotel
BBC News
Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday, set up a number of cameras in and around his hotel suite. Two cameras in the hallway and one in the peephole allowed him to see if “law enforcement …
Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Sent $100000 Overseas Before AttackTIME
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend returns to US for questioningToronto Star
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘the most well-known unknown person in town’CBC.ca
LA Daily News –Los Angeles Times –The Independent –Orlando Sentinel
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Las Vegas shooting: Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returns to US, reports say – USA TODAY

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USA TODAY
Las Vegas shooting: Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returns to US, reports say
USA TODAY
The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the man who massacred nearly 60 people attending a music festival in Las Vegas, has returned to the United States from the Philippines, according to media reports. Marilou Danley, 62, was met at Los Angeles 

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Was Marilou Danley a bigamist?: Girlfriend of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘was married to two men at once and … – Daily Mail

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Was Marilou Danley a bigamist?: Girlfriend of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘was married to two men at once and …
Daily Mail
Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, was married to two men at the same time and used two Social Security numbers, according to a report. The Philippines native – who is now a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation into 
Marilou Danley, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, returns to USGlobalnews.ca
Vegas gunman’s girlfriend Marilou Danley returns to US for questioningPhilippine Star

all 1,407 news articles »

Las Vegas shooting: Gunman fired for 9 to 11 minutes, police say – CNN

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USA TODAY
Las Vegas shooting: Gunman fired for 9 to 11 minutes, police say
CNN
From his position at a Las Vegas hotel, Paddock fired a barrage of bullets at 22,000 concertgoers below at a country music festival — made possible through what appeared to be meticulous planning. The shooter had checked into a hotel room overlooking 
Las Vegas shooting: Brother says something drove Paddock into ‘the pit of hell’USA TODAY
How the Las Vegas shooting unfoldedABC News
Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotelBBC News
Washington Post –NPR –NBCNews.com
all 8,960 news articles »

Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman Wired Thousands to Philippines Days Before Attack – New York Times

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New York Times
Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman Wired Thousands to Philippines Days Before Attack
New York Times
LAS VEGAS — Stephen Paddock, the gunman who massacred dozens of people in Las Vegasthis week, was a high-stakes gambler who wired thousands of dollars to the Philippines just days before the shooting, a federal official said. The authorities would …
Las Vegas shooting: Marilou Danley’s relatives speak outUSA TODAY
Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s girlfriend arrives in USBBC News
Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motiveWashington Post
Los Angeles Times –CNN –Slate Magazine (blog) –NBCNews.com
all 577 news articles »

How the Las Vegas Shooting Could Change Police Tactics – New York Times

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New York Times
How the Las Vegas Shooting Could Change Police Tactics
New York Times
While police departments will continue to train for mass shootings that follow the more common pattern where the gunman is fairly close to his victims, Sheriff Urquhart said that the Las Vegasattack might have an impact similar to the 1999 Columbine …
NEW DETAILS: Cedar Park woman wounded in Las Vegas shooting on the mend, family saysAustin American-Statesman
Texas Tech Graduate Among Injured in Las Vegas Mass ShootingNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting – Fox News

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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting
Fox News
“In Facebook’s case, an official ‘safety check”page for the Las Vegas shooting prominently displayed a post from a site called ‘Alt-Right News.’ The post incorrectly identified the shooter and described him as a Trump-hating liberal. In addition, some 
Facebook, Google Spread Misinformation About Las Vegas Shooting. What Went Wrong?NPR
After Las Vegas Shooting, Fake News Regains Its MegaphoneNew York Times
After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get the news wrong againEngadget
The Verge –USA TODAY –Forbes
all 187 news articles »

Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motive – Washington Post

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Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motive
Washington Post
According to court records, Danley appears to have been living with Paddock as early as August 2013, while she was still married to another man, named Geary Danley. Geary and Marilou Danley were married in Las Vegas in 1990. According to court …
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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAN

The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement serves the U.S.’s national security interests, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, adding that “absent indications to the contrary, it is something the president should consider staying with.” Nancy A. Youssef reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Mattis made the comments ahead of the Oct. 15 deadline for the president to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal and contradicted Trump, who has repeatedly castigated the agreement, revealing yet another instance of national security advisers disagreeing with the president. Thomas Gibbons-Neff and David E. Sanger report at the New York Times.

Trump’s national security team has devised a strategy to de-certify Iran’s compliance and then work with Congress and European allies to exert pressure on Iran without immediately withdrawing from the deal, according to a yet-to-be-finalized plan led by national security adviser H.R. McMaster, the strategy attempts to take a hard line against Tehran without drawing the ire of the international community. Eliana Johnson reports at POLITICO.

European countries have turned their focus to Congress in the face of the possibility of Trump de-certifying Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal. Julian Borger charts the efforts of European leaders to influence the Trump administration and attempts to lobby Congress at the Guardian.

A member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team has been sentenced to five years in jail, according to the Tasnim news agency, the report did not include a source or further information. Reuters reports.

The Trump administration’s generals have been consistent in their support for the Iran nuclear deal but it is unclear whether Trump is listening and it is possible that the matter would be left to Congress. Ishaan Tharoor provides an analysis at the Washington Post.

CUBA EMBASSY “INCIDENTS”

The State Department ordered Cuba to withdraw 15 officials from its embassy in Washington yesterday, a State Department official stating that the decision “does not signal a change of policy or a determination of responsibility for the attacks on U.S. government personnel,” referring to the mysterious attacks on more than 20 U.S. diplomats and their families which have caused a range of health symptoms. Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

“Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats” was the reason behind the decision to expel Cuban diplomats, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday, adding that the U.S. would maintain diplomatic relations and continue to cooperate with Cuba in relation to the investigation into the mysterious attacks. Gardiner Harris, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Ernesto Londoño report at the New York Times.

The U.S. decision was “irresponsible” and “hasty,” Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said in response, saying at a news conference that the foreign ministry “strongly protests and condemns this unfounded and unacceptable decision as well as the pretext used to justify it,” the latest developments marking a significant blow to efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations. Julian Borger reports at the Guardian.

NORTH KOREA

“I do not see the divergence as strongly as some … have interpreted it,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday during testimony to the Senate Armed Service Committee, referring to the conflicting comments by the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the efficacy of pursuing talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, Trump having said on Sunday that Tillerson was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate to Pyongyang. Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali report at Reuters.

The U.S. has imposed an “economic blockade” on North Korea, North Korea’s ambassador to the U.N. Ja Song Nam told the U.N. General Assembly committee yesterday, stating that North Korea would “continue to uphold the line of simultaneous development of the state nuclear force and the economy.” Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother died due to VX poisoning, according to a postmortem report submitted to the trial in Malaysia yesterday, Malaysian officials also said during the trial that they believed the two women suspected of murdering Kim Jong-Nam were acting under the directions of the Pyongyang regime, allegations that North Korea has denied. Ben Otto and Yantoultra Ngui report at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump should stop the war of words with North Korea as the heightened rhetoric increases the possibility of nuclear war through miscalculation, instead the president would be wise to understand that diplomacy is possible if conducted from a position of strength. Former Defense Secretary William J. Perry writes at POLITICO Magazine.

The “fake news” that reported talks between Tillerson and North Korea has dangerous implications, a closer look at the transcript of Tillerson’s comments on Saturday revealed a “willingness to discuss” denuclearization rather than stating that active negotiation has been taking place, this narrative provoked a capricious reaction from the president, the State Department then had to play catch-up. Jeffrey Lewis writes how the spread of false information could provoke a conflict at Foreign Policy.

“Bureaucratic obstruction” could provide the key to stopping a war with North Korea in a similar way that advisers prevented former President Richard Nixon from carrying out impulsive attacks. David Ignatius writes at the Washington Post.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

A series of Russian-linked Facebook ads were specifically targeted at voters in Michigan and Wisconsin, two battleground states that were instrumental to Trump’s victory over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, according to four sources, the ads promoted divisive messages and were intended to sway public opinion. Manu Raju, Dylan Byers and Dana Bash reveal at CNN.

The intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election is expected to be largely endorsed by Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) today when they give an interim status update on the committee’s investigation at a public event, it is not expected that they would release an interim report. Karoun Demirjian and Greg Miller report at the Washington Post.

Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.) met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer at the center of a controversial meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump campaign officials in June 2016, during a visit to Moscow in April 2016, prompting questions about Rohrbacher’s relationship with Russia. Elias Groll reports at Foreign Policy.

The Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to stop federal agencies and departments from using Kaspersky Lab software was based on the “totality of evidence, including on the most part open-source information,” a senior D.H.S. cybersecurity official said yesterday, making the comments after the D.H.S. directed the removal of Kaspersky software in September due to alleged links with Russian intelligence. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Some Russian-linked Facebook pages tried to pass for local content, with four accounts continuing to post divisive messages as recently as August 2017. Georgie Wells reports at the Wall Street Journal.

SYRIA

The Russian military critically wounded one of the leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Tahrir al-Sham militant group and 12 of his commanders in an airstrike, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement today, Reuters reports.

The Islamic State group yesterday claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack on a police station in the Syrian capital of Damascus, and also released a video appearing to show captured Russian soldiers in Syria. The AP reports.

A member of the Syrian Army was convicted of a war crime in a ruling issued in Sweden last week, marking the first conviction since the beginning of the war in Syria and offering the possibility that courts out of Syria would be able to hold some violators to account, even as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s position as leader of the country looks increasingly secure. Anne Barnard explains at the New York Times.

The U.S. has ignored the opportunity to raise questions about enemy combatants and the media, Executive and Congress have shown indifference to the issue. Just Security co-editor-in-chief Steve Vladeck writes at Just Security referring to the recent capture of a U.S. citizen in Syria who allegedly fought with the Islamic State group.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 10 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 2. Separately, partner forces conducted four strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

IRAQ

Iraqi forces launched an operation today to fully recapture the town of Hawija near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, the military said in a statement, in an offensive intended to retake one of the two territories still in the hands of the Islamic State group. Reuters reports.

The Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan will discuss the outcome of the Iraqi Kurdish referendum with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today and other regional issues, both countries fearing the impact of the vote on their own ethnic Kurdish populations. Ted Regencia reports at Al Jazeera.

The fears that last week’s Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum would result in war have not been realized as both the central government and the Kurdish Regional Government (K.R.G.) seem willing to avoid a crisis and the Kurds have not given up hope that the overwhelming vote in favor of independence would provide a mandate for negotiations with Baghdad over secession. Rod Nordland and David Zucchino explain at the New York Times.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Reconciliation talks between the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and the Hamas militant group have stalled due to Hamas’s refusal to disarm, with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas warning that Hamas would not be able to maintain its armed wings in a unity government. Rory Jones reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday offered his support for a “Greater Jerusalem” billwhich would effectively annex 19 settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Peter Beaumont reports at the Guardian.

AFGHANISTAN

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) grilled Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chaimran Gen. Joseph Dunford over the Afghanistan strategy yesterday during their testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, noting the lack of details since the plan was announced Aug. 21. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

The Pentagon will no longer provide information about troop numbers or destinations, Mattis said yesterday, stating that U.S. soldiers would be on combat duty but the Afghan forces would “remain in the lead for the fighting.” Paul McLeary reports at Foreign Policy.

The U.S. would “try one more time” to work with Pakistan on its Afghanistan strategy, Mattis said yesterday, separately Dunford stated his belief that Pakistan’s main spy agency had connections to terrorist groups. Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart report at Reuters.

Mattis wants to see more evidence about the level of support Russia provides to the Taliban, the Defense Secretary said yesterday, adding that what he’s seen “doesn’t make sense.” Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The newly-appointed U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. met with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, and vowed to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia. Andrew Roth reports at the Washington Post.

Kurdish rebels killed four soldiers and wounded four others in a bomb attack, according to Turkish officials. The AP reports.

A federal lawsuit was filed Monday against Trump’s latest travel ban by the Iranian Alliance Across Borders, Mallory Shelbourne reports at the Hill.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday to discuss “cooperation between the two countries,” according to a statement by the Qatar News Agency, amid the crisis in the Gulf triggered by Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Egypt and Bahrain cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5. Al Jazeera reports.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers have launched bipartisan bills targeting the Shi’ite Hezbollah militia group in Lebanon, including new congressional sanctions aimed at foreign financial institutions and the group’s ability to fundraise from abroad. Rhys Dubin reports at Foreign Policy.

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain at the end of this week or the beginning of the next week, Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont said today, following the controversial vote held in the region last week and the heavy-handed response by the national police. The BBC reports.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump was listening to Russia’s views on the North Korean missile crisis which emphasize diplomacy over further sanctions or military action.

Putin, speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, called for all sides to dial down the rhetoric on North Korea.

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President Donald Trump will reckon with the aftermath of a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas as he meets Wednesday with survivors and law enforcement officials in a time of grief.

Trump heads to the city days after a gunman on the 32nd floor of a Vegas Strip hotel and casino opened fire on people at an outdoor country music festival below. The Sunday night rampage by Stephen Craig Paddock killed at least 59 people and injured 527, some from gunfire and some from a chaotic escape.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump said he’d be in Las Vegas to “pay our personal respects and condolences to everybody. What happened is such a tragedy. So unnecessary. Who can believe what happened to Las Vegas?” He later added that it was “a very horrible thing even to think about.”

Trump was to be joined by first lady Melania Trump. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he and Rep. Mark Amodei, a Nevada Republican, also would make the trip.

Trump’s trip to Las Vegas follows his Tuesday travel to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. During that trip, he highlighted Puerto Rico’s relatively low death toll compared with “a real catastrophe like Katrina,” when as many as 1,800 people died in 2005 as levees protecting New Orleans broke. He also focused on the best of the reviews he and his administration are getting rather than criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

As he departed the White House for Puerto Rico, Trump called the Las Vegas gunman “demented” and a “very, very sick individual.” Trump also praised Las Vegas police, saying they had done an “incredible job.”

Asked about gun laws, the president said “we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”

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LAS VEGAS — Stephen Paddock, the gunman who massacred dozens of people in Las Vegas this week, was a high-stakes gambler who wired thousands of dollars to the Philippines just days before the shooting, a federal official said.

The authorities would not confirm to whom the transactions were intended. On Tuesday, F.B.I. agents met Marilou Danley, Mr. Paddock’s girlfriend and a “person of interest” in the case, at Los Angeles International Airport after she arrived on a flight from the Philippines.

Investigators said Mr. Paddock had installed at least three video cameras in his hotel suite and in the hallway outside of it before the shooting, apparently to keep an eye on potential threats. But they have not yet offered a motive for his killing spree.

• Mr. Paddock had bought 33 firearms in the past year, Jill A. Snyder, the special agent in charge of the San Francisco office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Wednesday.

• The police revised the number of victims killed on Sunday to 58. All but three of the people have been identified. These are some of their stories.

• Of the many weapons found in Mr. Paddock’s luxury hotel suite, 12 were rifles outfitted with a “bump stock,” a device that would enable them to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.

• The police confirmed the authenticity of leaked photographs of the deceased gunman with a revolver by his side and of his hotel suite, showing ammunition and rifles.

Body camera footage captured the officers’ response.

Las Vegas police officers took cover and directed concertgoers to safety as gunshots rang out on Sunday, newly released body camera footage shows.

“Hey, you guys, get down,” one officer shouted at bystanders between volleys of gunfire. “Go that way. Get out of here. There are gunshots coming from over there. Go that way.”

But some people did not believe they were under attack and rebuffed orders to evacuate. “That’s fireworks,” one bystander shouted at officers. Another yelled expletives when told to take cover.

As sirens blared and gunfire crackled, the video showed, officers strained to find the source of the shots.

“Hey, they’re shooting right at us, guys,” one officer said as he and his colleagues crouched behind a wall with their weapons drawn. “Everybody stay down, stay down.”

“North of the Mandalay Bay, it’s coming out of a window,” another officer says.

The three-minute video released by the police on Tuesday was a compilation of footage from the cameras of several officers at the scene.

“There’s multiple people shot up there,” someone says in one clip.

“We see muzzle blasts from the Mandalay Bay,” someone, apparently an officer, said in another clip.

The gunman had stockpiled weapons.

Mr. Paddock, 64, had been buying weapons since 1982, Ms. Snyder of the A.T.F. said, including more than 30 in the past year. “From Oct. 2016 to Sept. 28, 2017, he purchased 33 firearms, the majority of them rifles,” Ms. Snyder told CBS on Wednesday.

Asked if such purchases would set off any alarms, she clarified that the bureau would not have been alerted. The Gun Control Act of 1968 requires sellers to report the sale or disposition of two or more handguns to the same buyer, only if those purchases occur at the same time or within five business days of each other. There is no federal law requiring sellers to alert the bureau to the sale of multiple rifles.

Twelve of the rifles Mr. Paddock had in his luxury suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino were outfitted with a “bump stock,” a device that enables a gun to fire like a machine gun, with hundreds of rounds per minute, which may explain how he was able to rain such devastation on the crowd below, law enforcement officials said.

Such devices are generally legal, and the possibility that he may have used them set off a fresh round of calls by Democratic lawmakers in Washington to pass more gun regulations after the tragedy.

Semiautomatic rifles, like those the gunman had, are made to fire a single round with each pull of the trigger. But recordings and witness accounts of the shooting made it clear that Mr. Paddock was firing much faster, at a rate comparable to that of a fully automatic weapon, which quickly fires round after round with a single pull of the finger. Undersheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas police said that Mr. Paddock fired on the concertgoers for nine to 11 minutes, in about a dozen bursts.

The police have found a total of 47 firearms in his two houses and the hotel suite. Ms. Snyder said on Tuesday that almost all had been traced, and that they had been bought in Nevada, Utah, California and Texas.

The gunman’s girlfriend has returned to the U.S.

Ms. Danley boarded a flight from Manila to Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to Antonette Mangrobang, a spokeswoman for the Philippine Immigration Bureau.

The authorities, who met Ms. Danley at the Los Angeles airport, have called her a “person of interest” in the shooting investigation, which does not necessarily mean that she is suspected of committing a crime. She was out of the country when the shooting occurred.

More than three hours after her flight came in from Manila, an airport police officer confirmed that she had been taken out of the terminal through a side exit.

Ms. Danley met Mr. Paddock when she was working at a Nevada casino and he was a high-limit player, casino employees said. She worked at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno from 2010 to 2013, according to her LinkedIn account.

John Weinreich, an executive casino host at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa at the time, said he believed that Ms. Danley frequently attended to Mr. Paddock, serving him food and pointing out which machines might be ripe for a payout, eventually becoming his regular host. Read more about Ms. Danley here.

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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting

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The scourge of fake news has met the carnage of Las Vegas.

For weeks now, Facebook and Twitter, and to a lesser extent Google, have been on the defensive about how their platforms were exploited by Russian propagandists and neo-Nazis. The two social networks have been so laissez faire toward both advertisers and purveyors of bogus stories that they’ve been drawn into Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump team.

The root of the problem is Facebook and Twitter won’t acknowledge that they’re hugely influential media companies and refuse to take all but the smallest steps to screen their content. Instead, they perpetuate the fiction that they’re just neutral outfits relying on algorithms.

After the massacre on the Las Vegas Strip, here’s what people found on Facebook and Google: The shooter was an anti-Trump liberal who liked Rachel Maddow and <a href=”http://MoveOn.org” rel=”nofollow”>MoveOn.org</a>, that the F.B.I. had already linked him to the Islamic State, and that mainstream news organizations were suppressing that he had recently converted to Islam.

All of these “gruesome” revelations are “entirely false,” says Kevin Roose in a disturbing column in the New York Times.

Here are the gory details:

“In Google’s case, trolls from 4Chan, a notoriously toxic online message board with a vocal far-right contingent, had spent the night scheming about how to pin the shooting on liberals. One of their discussion threads, in which they wrongly identified the gunman, was picked up by Google’s ‘top stories’ module, and spent hours at the top of the site’s search results for that man’s name.”

So another man was falsely accused of this heinous crime.

“In Facebook’s case, an official ‘safety check’’page for the Las Vegas shooting prominently displayed a post from a site called ‘Alt-Right News.’ The post incorrectly identified the shooter and described him as a Trump-hating liberal. In addition, some users saw a story on a ‘trending topic’ page on Facebook for the shooting that was published by Sputnik, a news agency controlled by the Russian government. The story’s headline claimed, incorrectly, that the F.B.I. had linked the shooter with the ‘Daesh terror group.'”

Asked for comment, their spokesmen blamed the algorithms.

A key problem, Roose points out, is that Facebook and Google users would have seen these fake Vegas stories right next to legitimate reports from major news organizations. Facebook used to have news editors work on its “trending topics” list, but after accusations of bias, Mark Zuckerberg’s company fired them and automated the process—which creates its own difficulties.

No company of this scale could catch every instance of Moscow operatives or fake-news profiteers trying to game the system. But Facebook, Google and Twitter barely try.

Investigators work at a festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. Authorities said Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the casino and began firing with a cache of weapons, killing dozens and injuring hundreds at the music festival on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Investigators work at a festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. Authorities said Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the casino and began firing with a cache of weapons, killing dozens and injuring hundreds at the music festival on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

As Alexis Madrigal writes in the Atlantic: “Imagine a newspaper posting unverified rumors about a shooter from a bunch of readers who had been known to perpetuate hoaxes. There would be hell to pay—and for good reason. The standards of journalism are a set of tools for helping to make sense of chaotic situations, in which bad and good information about an event coexist. These technology companies need to borrow our tools—and hire the people to execute on the principles—or stop saying that they care about the quality of information that they deliver to people.”

It’s not that established news organizations always get it right. CBS reported early Monday afternoon that Tom Petty had died, but the rock star was in critical condition after a heart attack and did not die until shortly before midnight. The premature news ricocheted around the web. CBS blamed faulty information provided by the L.A. Police Department.

Still, the network corrected the report, something that propagandists and profiteers don’t do.

(The Washington Post carried a fitting headline: “Heartbroken.”)

It was not a good day for CBS, which fired a vice president for criticizing some victims of the Las Vegas massacre as “Republican gun toters” who did not deserve sympathy.

Hayley Geftman-Gold made the comments—including that “Repugs” wouldn’t do anything about gun control—on Facebook.

They were first reported by the Daily Caller.

CBS told the Post she was dismissed for her “deeply unacceptable”remarks about the shooting. Geftman-Gold apologized for her “shameful” and “indefensible” comments.

Her posting on Facebook wasn’t fake news. It was all too real—and horrifyingly insensitive.

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Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman’s Girlfriend Arrives in U.S. and Is Expected to Be Questioned

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A federal law enforcement official earlier said two rifles were outfitted with scopes and set up on tripods in front of two big windows. Another official said that among the weapons were AR-15-style assault rifles. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details of the investigation.

Sheriff Lombardo said that Mr. Paddock brought at least 10 suitcases into his hotel room over a period of time.

The sheriff said that Mr. Paddock fired through his hotel room door at security guards, striking one in the leg. The guard is still alive, he said. SWAT officers went in after the guard was shot.

In addition to the weapons at the hotel, the sheriff said the police retrieved 19 firearms, as well as explosives, several thousand rounds of ammunition and “electronic devices” from Mr. Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nev.

Paddock raised no suspicions at a store where he bought firearms.

The investigation into Mr. Paddock’s gun arsenal led investigators to New Frontier Armory, a large North Las Vegas dealer, distributor and manufacturer of firearms.

David M. Famiglietti, the company’s president, issued a statement on Tuesday confirming that Mr. Paddock purchased “several” rifles and shotguns from the business last spring — all at the same time. It’s not uncommon for customers to do this to save money on background check fees, Mr. Famiglietti said.

“The firearms he purchased did not leave our store capable of what we’ve seen and heard in the video without modification,” he said. “They were not fully automatic firearms, nor were they modified in any way — legally or illegally — when they were purchased from us.”

Mr. Famiglietti said that nothing about Mr. Paddock raised red flags with the store’s sales clerk. On the contrary, according to Mr. Famiglietti, Mr. Paddock seemed to be interested in competitive shooting, asking the clerk a lot of questions about three-gun shooting matches — an increasingly popular sport in which players use a rifle, a shotgun and a pistol.

“He just seemed like a normal guy,” said Mr. Famiglietti, whose store has been the target of hate mail, threatening phone calls and fake reviews since the shooting. “We obviously did not sell him these firearms with the intent that he would use them to hurt anyone in any way.”

On Monday, a Mesquite, Nev., gun dealer, Guns & Guitars, acknowledged having sold two rifles and a handgun to Mr. Paddock. Like the purchases at Frontier, those were cleared by state and federal background checks.

The gunman was ‘not an avid gun guy at all,’ said one of his brothers.

Mr. Paddock, 64, was described as a high-flying gambler who lived in a quiet retirement community and played golf. Officials said he had no significant criminal history and drew little attention to himself.

Investigators are trying to piece together his financial history to search for clues that could help determine what set him off.

Mr. Paddock often bet heavily at the major casino hotels, and his girlfriend, Ms. Danley, 62, who was out of the country at the time of the shooting, had worked for some of those hotels. They lived in Mesquite, Nev., 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, and he also owned a home in Reno.

Ms. Danley boarded a flight from Manila to Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to Antonette Mangrobang, a spokeswoman for the Philippine Immigration Bureau. The authorities, who met Ms. Danley at the Los Angeles airport, have called her a “person of interest” in the shooting investigation, which does not necessarily mean that she is suspected of committing a crime.

‘I’ve never been that scared in my life,’ said one witness.

The police estimated that when the shooting began, there were 22,000 people at the Harvest Festival, listening to Jason Aldean, the final act of the three-day event.

Video of the shooting captured nine seconds of continuous, rapid fire, followed by 37 seconds of silence from the weapon and panicked screaming from the crowd. Gunfire then erupted again and again in extended bursts. Some concertgoers thought the noise was fireworks, but as it became clear what was happening, people fled, many of them unsure where the shots were coming from, or where they should go.

“Everyone was running, you could see people getting shot,” said Gail Davis, one of the witnesses. “I’ve never been that scared in my life,” she added. “To have this happen, I can’t wrap my mind around it.”

Video from the shooting showed Mr. Aldean running off the stage as the gunfire erupted.

Within minutes, a police officer on the scene radioed to report cases of gunshot wounds “to the chest, legs, terminal arteries at the medical tent.”

A few minutes later, an officer said, “We’re making tourniquets out of blankets, but I’m running out of blankets here.”

Patients surged into Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where at least 124 “met the criteria for trauma activation,” said Dr. Jeff Murawsky, the hospital’s chief medical officer. They included patients with single and multiple gunshot wounds to the head, face, chest, body, arms and, in one case, a finger.

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Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock installed video cameras inside and outside his hotel room before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, officials said Tuesday.

The 64-year-old killer mounted one camera inside the 32nd floor hotel suite where he assembled a massive, deadly arsenal of rifles and ammunition for the Sunday night slaughter.

Other cameras were placed in the hallway to detect any law enforcement presence, including one hidden on a room service cart from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

“There were cameras outside of the room and inside of the room, along with the firearms,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo at an afternoon briefing. “I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody.”

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Lombardo said the FBI had all digital and electronic evidence along with the cameras, and declined to say if there was actual video of Paddock firing down on the 22,000 revelers at a concert across Los Vegas Boulevard.

Paddock, apparently alerted by the camera, shot and wounded a hotel security guard in the hallway outside his door during the Sunday night rampage, police said.

Although authorities had yet to establish a motive, Lombardo remained certain that investigators will uncover what sent Paddock on the 80-mile ride into Las Vegas with a small arsenal.

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“I expect a substantial amount of information to come in over the next 48 hours,” he added.

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Paddock also mysteriously sent $100,000 to an account in the Philippines in the days before slaughtering 59 people in his furious killing spree.

Authorities reported another 527 people were injured as Paddock, armed with 16 high-powered rifles and another seven weapons, fired fusillade after fusillade of bullets for nine terrifying minutes.

NBC News reported the money was sent to the home country of Paddock’s live-in girlfriend Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines when he opened fire Sunday night on the crowd below.

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Law enforcement officials told NBC it was unclear if the money was meant for Danley and her family or for some other purpose. Paddock shared a home with Danley in Mesquite, Nev.

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More than a dozen FBI investigators descended Tuesday morning on the concert site turned killing field, arriving in unmarked cars to scour the area for clues.

The agents wore blue protective shoe covers and jackets marked “FBI” as they returned to the scene of the crime on the Las Vegas Strip.

As of Tuesday morning, at least 45 victims of the shooting spree still remained in critical condition — 33 at Sunrise Hospital and another dozen at University Medical Center.

Authorities said the injured were struck by some of the hundreds of bullets fired, hit with shrapnel or trampled as the terrified concert crowd ran for cover.

GoFundMe for Las Vegas massacre victims raises more than $3.2M

President Trump, speaking before his trip to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico, focused his comments on the shooter rather than possible gun control legislation.

“He was a sick man, a demented man – a lot of problems, I guess,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We’re dealing with a very, very sick individual.”

Danley, 62, was traveling through Asia as Paddock rented his room high above the city and stocked it with an assortment of weapons, each smuggled inside a piece of luggage, cops said.

The two began dating earlier this year, and authorities said Danley was in Tokyo on Monday. She was expected back in the U.S. to speak with authorities investigating the mass murder.

Authorities had questions about the arsenal kept in the house shared by the couple: 19 guns, thousands of rounds of ammo and explosives.

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An important element in Sophocles, Oedipus the King is the Sphinx and her riddle. To be sure, the content of the riddle is never specified in the play. There are, however, a number of specific references or allusions to the Sphinx in the play (H&P, p. 707, line 37; p. 710, line 131; p. 717, line 382; p. 720, line 485)


Quite a few versions of the riddle are available, but most of these probably represent some distortion of the form in which it was familiar to Sophocles’ audience. The version which is most familiar today runs something like this, available on the web at History For Kids:“What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?” (H&P give essentially the same version, p. 693, but with “legs” in place of “feet”.)


Ancient Greek sources, such as Apollodorus and Athenaeus, on the other hand, give a different emphasis to the riddle.Apollodorus’ version is the more widely available. It runs as follows:

“What is that which has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?”

Also important is Athenaeus’ somewhat fuller version, available at a Sophocles website, as follows:

“A thing there is whose voice is one;
Whose feet are four and two and three.
So mutable a thing is none
That moves in earth or sky or sea.
When on most feet this thing doth go,
Its strength is weakest and its pace most slow.”

Besides this relatively comprehensive version, there is also evidence for a shorter version, consisting of just one dactylic hexameter line, as follows:

“A thing there is whose voice is one;
Whose feet are four and two.”

One possible answer to this form of the riddle is “a pastoral society” (i.e., one in which humans and their animals live in close association with one another). Such a formulation of the riddle is important at various points in Oedipus Rex. For example, the plague is described near the beginning of the play (H&P, p. 707, lines 24-25) as affecting both the flocks and women of Thebes. Also, it is eventually the two shepherds (from Corinth and Thebes respectively), who have lived in close association with their flocks (H&P, p. 742, lines 1082-1090) who eventually provide the key evidence for explicating Oedipus’ background.


More generally, evidence for the importance of a variety of different forms of the riddle emerges in the confrontation between Oedipus and Teiresias (H&P, pp. 714-719, lines 289-453). This can be viewed in terms of Teiresias’ having realized that the riddle did not admit of any simple solution, whereas Oedipus, brilliantly, but with ultimately fatal consequences, picked out just the answer “man”.


Particularly striking evidence of the importance of a multitude of riddles in the play comes in the concluding lines, in which, finally, there is a reference to riddles – in the plural – rather than a single riddle. This point is, however, obscured in many translations (including Cook’s translation, in H&P), in which the Greek plural ainigmata (which Sophocles uses in place of the singular ainigma) is translated just as “riddle”. For the original form of the text, though, see an on-line essay which includes the following translation by David Grene. (The passage from Grene’s translation is found near the end of the essay.) [Emphasis on word “riddles” added]:You that live in my ancestral Thebes, behold this Oedipus,- him who knew the famous riddles and was a man most masterful; not a citizen who did not look with envy on his lot-see him now and see the breakers of misfortune swallow him! Look upon that last day always. Count no mortal happy till he has passed the final limit of his life secure from pain.

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The riddle of the Sphinx

An important element in Sophocles, Oedipus the King is the Sphinx and her riddle. To be sure, the content of the riddle is never specified in the play. There are, however, a number of specific references or allusions to the Sphinx in the play (H&P, p. 707, line 37; p. 710, line 131; p. 717, line 382; p. 720, line 485)


Quite a few versions of the riddle are available, but most of these probably represent some distortion of the form in which it was familiar to Sophocles’ audience. The version which is most familiar today runs something like this, available on the web at History For Kids:“What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?” (H&P give essentially the same version, p. 693, but with “legs” in place of “feet”.)


Ancient Greek sources, such as Apollodorus and Athenaeus, on the other hand, give a different emphasis to the riddle.Apollodorus’ version is the more widely available. It runs as follows:

“What is that which has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?”

Also important is Athenaeus’ somewhat fuller version, available at a Sophocles website, as follows:

“A thing there is whose voice is one;
Whose feet are four and two and three.
So mutable a thing is none
That moves in earth or sky or sea.
When on most feet this thing doth go,
Its strength is weakest and its pace most slow.”

Besides this relatively comprehensive version, there is also evidence for a shorter version, consisting of just one dactylic hexameter line, as follows:

“A thing there is whose voice is one;
Whose feet are four and two.”

One possible answer to this form of the riddle is “a pastoral society” (i.e., one in which humans and their animals live in close association with one another). Such a formulation of the riddle is important at various points in Oedipus Rex. For example, the plague is described near the beginning of the play (H&P, p. 707, lines 24-25) as affecting both the flocks and women of Thebes. Also, it is eventually the two shepherds (from Corinth and Thebes respectively), who have lived in close association with their flocks (H&P, p. 742, lines 1082-1090) who eventually provide the key evidence for explicating Oedipus’ background.


More generally, evidence for the importance of a variety of different forms of the riddle emerges in the confrontation between Oedipus and Teiresias (H&P, pp. 714-719, lines 289-453). This can be viewed in terms of Teiresias’ having realized that the riddle did not admit of any simple solution, whereas Oedipus, brilliantly, but with ultimately fatal consequences, picked out just the answer “man”.


Particularly striking evidence of the importance of a multitude of riddles in the play comes in the concluding lines, in which, finally, there is a reference to riddles – in the plural – rather than a single riddle. This point is, however, obscured in many translations (including Cook’s translation, in H&P), in which the Greek plural ainigmata (which Sophocles uses in place of the singular ainigma) is translated just as “riddle”. For the original form of the text, though, see an on-line essay which includes the following translation by David Grene. (The passage from Grene’s translation is found near the end of the essay.) [Emphasis on word “riddles” added]:You that live in my ancestral Thebes, behold this Oedipus,- him who knew the famous riddles and was a man most masterful; not a citizen who did not look with envy on his lot-see him now and see the breakers of misfortune swallow him! Look upon that last day always. Count no mortal happy till he has passed the final limit of his life secure from pain.

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A Facebook spokesman said, “We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen in the first place and deeply regret the confusion this caused.”

But this was no one-off incident. Over the past few years, extremists, conspiracy theorists and government-backed propagandists have made a habit of swarming major news events, using search-optimized “keyword bombs” and algorithm-friendly headlines. These organizations are skilled at reverse-engineering the ways that tech platforms parse information, and they benefit from a vast real-time amplification network that includes 4Chan and Reddit as well as Facebook, Twitter and Google. Even when these campaigns are thwarted, they often last hours or days — long enough to spread misleading information to millions of people.

The latest fake news flare-up came at an inconvenient time for companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter, which are already defending themselves from accusations that they have let malicious actors run rampant on their platforms.

On Monday, Facebook handed congressional investigators 3,000 ads that had been purchased by Russian government affiliates during the 2016 campaign season, and it vowed to hire 1,000 more human moderators to review ads for improper content. (The company would not say how many moderators currently screen its ads.) Twitter faces tough questions about harassment and violent threats on its platform, and is still struggling to live down a reputation as a safe haven for neo-Nazis and other poisonous groups. And Google also faces questions about its role in the misinformation economy.

Part of the problem is that these companies have largely abrogated the responsibility of moderating the content that appears on their platforms, instead relying on rule-based algorithms to determine who sees what. Facebook, for instance, previously had a team of trained news editors who chose which stories appeared in its trending topics section, a huge driver of traffic to news stories. But it disbanded the group and instituted an automated process last year, after reports surfaced that the editors were suppressing conservative news sites. The change seems to have made the problem worse — earlier this year, Facebook redesigned the trending topics section again, after complaints that hoaxes and fake news stories were showing up in users’ feeds.

There is also a labeling issue. A Facebook user looking for news about the Las Vegas shooting on Monday morning, or a Google user searching for information about the wrongfully accused shooter, would have found posts from 4Chan and Sputnik alongside articles by established news organizations like CNN and NBC News, with no obvious cues to indicate which ones came from reliable sources.

More thoughtful design could help solve this problem, and Facebook has already begun to label some disputed stories with the help of professional fact checkers. But fixes that require identifying “reputable” news organizations are inherently risky because they open companies up to accusations of favoritism. (After Facebook announced its fact-checking effort, which included working with The Associated Press and Snopes, several right-wing activists complained of left-wing censorship.)

The automation of editorial judgment, combined with tech companies’ reluctance to appear partisan, has created a lopsided battle between those who want to spread misinformation and those tasked with policing it. Posting a malicious rumor on Facebook, or writing a false news story that is indexed by Google, is a nearly instantaneous process; removing such posts often requires human intervention. This imbalance gives an advantage to rule-breakers, and makes it impossible for even an army of well-trained referees to keep up.

But just because the war against misinformation may be unwinnable doesn’t mean it should be avoided. Roughly two-thirds of American adults get news from social media, which makes the methods these platforms use to vet and present information a matter of national importance.

Facebook, Twitter and Google are some of the world’s richest and most ambitious companies, but they still have not shown that they’re willing to bear the costs — or the political risks — of fixing the way misinformation spreads on their platforms. (Some executives appear resolute in avoiding the discussion. In a recent Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg reasserted the platform’s neutrality, saying that being accused of partisan bias by both sides is “what running a platform for all ideas looks like.”)

The investigations into Russia’s exploitation of social media during the 2016 presidential election will almost certainly continue for months. But dozens of less splashy online misinformation campaigns are happening every day, and they deserve attention, too. Tech companies should act decisively to prevent hoaxes and misinformation from spreading on their platforms, even if it means hiring thousands more moderators or angering some partisan organizations.

Facebook and Google have spent billions of dollars developing virtual reality systems. They can spare a billion or two to protect actual reality.

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vegas shooting police respondPolice officers running to cover at the scene of the shooting near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night. John Locher/AP

  • Stephen Craig Paddock, the man police have identified as the Las Vegas gunman, was a quiet man with no criminal record or reports of erratic behavior before the shooting.
  • He was found dead in his hotel room after the shooting.
  • He checked into a hotel room with his girlfriend’s identification, police said, but she was found outside of the country and is not suspected to have played a role in the attack.
  • Authorities discovered 10 rifles in Paddock’s hotel room when they entered.
  • Paddock’s brother, Eric, said he was “not an avid gun guy at all” and has no military background.
  • The shooter’s late father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list from 1969-1977 and was a diagnosed psychopath. 

The Las Vegas police on Monday identified Stephen Craig Paddock as the man who opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with what appeared to be at least one automatic rifle, killing more than 50 and injuring at least 515 others to local hospitals in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

The 64-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada, targeted concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at about 10 p.m. PDT on Sunday, police said. They said Paddock had checked into his hotel room Thursday.

Video and pictures from the festival captured the chaos and increasing panic as extended bursts of rifle fire rang out.

Eric Paddock, the shooter’s brother, told CBS News that Stephen was “not an avid gun guy at all.”

“The fact that he had those kind of weapons is … just … where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background or anything like that,” Eric Paddock said. “He’s a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite and drove down and gambled in Las Vegas.”

Paddock CNN las vegas shooterCNN runs a picture of Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter. CNN

Paddock was retired and had no criminal record before the attack, Reuters reports. He used to work as an accountant, and his brother described him to CNN as “a wealthy guy playing video poker … on cruises.”

Washington Post report characterized Paddock as a quiet man who occasionally came to Las Vegas to gamble or catch concerts, was a former resident of Texas, and held a hunting license in Alaska.

Paddock was divorced, according to CNN, and his ex-wife resides in Los Angeles. The two divorced 27 years ago after a six-year marriage and have not been in contact in years, the report said.

Paddock had been checked into in his Mandalay Bay hotel room on with his girlfriend’s identification for three days before the attack. Police initially identified her as a person of interest but have said she is not a suspect in the attack.

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, the shooter’s father, was a well-known bank robber and on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list from 1969 to 1977, CNN reported.

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was a diagnosed psychopath, according to the FBI, and he was convicted of “bank robbery, automobile larceny, and confidence game.”

Eric Paddock said he died several years ago.

The bureau’s poster on the elder Paddock cautioned that he had committed armed robberies before, had “suicidal tendencies,” and “should be considered armed and very dangerous.”

His son, Stephen, had at least 10 rifles in the hotel room on the Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor, where he had been staying since September 28, said Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Paddock owned two aircraft and held a pilot’s license, according to the “Today” show. Paddock had worked for a predecessor company of Lockheed Martin, the giant defense contractor that builds planes.

Paddock lived in the suburbs around Mesquite, Nevada, which sits near the border with Arizona about an hour and a half from where the shooting took place, the police said. Authorities searched his home on Monday and recovered weapons and ammunition. Paddock had purchased several firearms from California in the past, but none of them were among the weapons found in his hotel room after the shooting, CNN reported.

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“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo told reporters. In a subsequent press conference, Lombardo said “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath at this point.”

The Daily Mail quoted Paddock’s brother Eric as saying he and his mother were “in shock” and “dumbfounded” after finding out about the shooting. According to the Daily Mail, Eric Paddock described his brother as a normal guy who must have “snapped.”

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Las Vegas shootingLas Vegas police run by a banner on the fence at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images

A timeline of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s activities began to unfold nearly 24 hours after he shot at a crowd of concertgoers late Sunday night.

Law-enforcement officials said during a Monday afternoon press conference that Paddock, who had checked into a large, two-room suite at the Mandalay Bay on Thursday, September 28, got to work soon after.

Paddock brought “in excess of 10” suitcases to the hotel, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

It was not immediately clear when Paddock began bringing those suitcases in, and his activity apparently went unnoticed. One reporter at the Monday afternoon briefing asked Lombardo from off-camera: “No one thought the wiser?”

“I wish that would’ve happened, ma’am. I absolutely wish that would’ve happened,” Lombardo said.

Stephen Paddock Eric Paddock file photo APAn old photograph of gunman Stephen Paddock, pictured next to his brother Eric, which the family provided to the media. AP

Paddock had 23 firearms in his 32nd-floor hotel suite, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. He broke two of the windows in the room, from which he fired shots at the more than 20,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival across the street. The first shots were reported at 10:08 p.m. PDT.

Law-enforcement officials responding to the Mandalay Bay went to the 29th floor of the hotel, Lombardo said, believing the gunfire was coming from somewhere between the 29th and 32nd floor. “We had to evaluate each floor moving up.” Lombardo said complaints from customers and information from security led them to the suspect’s room.Mandalay BayTwo broken windows near the top of the Mandalay Bay Casino, from which a gunman killed at least 50 people with an automatic weapon.AP/Business Insider

“They checked each floor until they located what they believed to be the room,” Lombardo said. A SWAT team broke down the door, at which point Paddock “shot through the doorway striking a security guard,” Lombardo said. The guard suffered a leg wound. Paddock died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

All told, at least 59 people were killed, 527 others were injured.

Investigators were evaluating multiple crime scenes, including the concert site, Paddock’s hotel suite, his home in Mesquite, Nevada, and another home in Reno.

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From his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Stephen Paddock would have looked down upon a crowd of more than 20,000 people, surging to the final sets of a country music festival.

He opened fire late Sunday, killing at least 59 people and injuring 527 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, the authorities said.

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.

Analysis of video posted on social media shows that the gunman used rifles with rapid-fire capabilities.

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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.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Clark County, Nev., said that at least 16 rifles, ranging from .308 to .223 caliber, and a handgun were retrieved from Mr. Paddock’s hotel room. A federal law enforcement official said that AR-15-style rifles were among them. The authorities did not detail all of the guns, or which weapons Mr. Paddock fired.

Mr. Paddock had purchased some guns in Arizona, according to a gun seller there who spoke with the authorities.

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Several pounds of a nonflammable exploding target used for practice were recovered from Mr. Paddock’s home in Mesquite, about an hour outside Las Vegas, Sheriff Lombardo said. Ammonium nitrate was found in Mr. Paddock’s car in Las Vegas, the sheriff said, but he did not say how much was recovered.

Determining which weapons were used will fall to investigators reviewing the crime scenes, including the hotel room, which would be littered with spent cartridge cases.

The duration of the bursts, as recorded, suggest that Mr. Paddock cared little about the military’s prescriptions for automatic fire. Sustained rapid fire is difficult to control and causes many weapons, especially light weapons, to overheat quickly.

Maj. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said that the military had no record of Mr. Paddock serving in any of the uniformed services.

The length of the bursts also indicate that Mr. Paddock had magazines capable of holding scores of rounds, allowing him to fire longer without reloading.

Nevada, unlike some states, has no laws limiting ammunition magazine capacities.

The remaining limited details about how Mr. Paddock organized for the crime raise more questions. Two law enforcement officials said he used a hammer to break the windows through which he fired, and Sheriff Lombardo said he possessed scopes for at least some of his weapons, though it was not clear what roles they played.

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Before he opened fire late Sunday, killing at least 58 people at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, gunman Stephen Paddock was living out his retirement as a high-stakes gambler in a quiet town outside Las Vegas.

Paddock, 64, would disappear for days at a time, frequenting casinos with his longtime girlfriend, neighbors said. Relatives also said Paddock had frequently visited Las Vegas to gamble and take in concerts.

Eric Paddock said his brother often gambled in tens of thousands of dollars. “My brother is not like you and me. He plays high-stakes video poker,” he said. “He sends me a text that says he won $250,000 at the casino.”

Eric Paddock said he showed the FBI three years of text messages from his brother and said he had no information whether Stephen Paddock had gambling debts or was financially troubled. “I have absolutely no information he lost a bunch of money. The casino would know that,” he said.

Eric Paddock said his brother previously worked as an accountant but also had real estate investments, including houses and apartments around Orlando. He said Stephen Paddock had no kids and plenty of money to play with.

Eric Paddock said he did not know of any mental illness, alcohol or drug problems in his brother’s life.

Their father was once on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. He was a fugitive bank robber and rarely around for either son. “I was born on the run,” said Eric Paddock.

[Stephen Paddock’s father was a bank robber — and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list]

He knew his brother owned a couple of handguns but was shocked at the rapid-fire weapon apparently used by Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas. He said his brother didn’t hunt, barely shot his guns and once took Eric Paddock’s children on a skeet-shooting trip paid for by the casinos.

Eric Paddock spoke in his driveway as he was getting in his car to go with FBI agents to interview his mother, who is in her 90s and who appears to have been the last family member to communicate with Stephen Paddock, about two weeks ago. Eric Paddock said his brother last texted him five days after Hurricane Irma hit Orlando to check if anyone in the family had been affected. “He texted and said, ‘How’s Mom?’,” Eric Paddock said.

He said their mother was bewildered, like he was, why Stephen Paddock had shot and killed so many on Sunday.

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“We know nothing. If you told me an asteroid fell it would mean the same to me. There’s absolutely no sense, no reason he did this,” he said, earlier. “He’s just a guy who played video poker and took cruises and ate burritos at Taco Bell. There’s no political affiliation that we know of. There’s no religious affiliation that we know of.”

For several years, the gunman lived with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, in a retirement community in Reno, Nev., neighbors said. They said they interacted with Danley but not with Paddock, whom they described as extremely standoffish. Danley told residents there that Paddock was a professional gambler, explaining their long absences from the neighborhood.

Called Del Webb, the neighborhood is a relatively new active-adult community of single-family homes with desert views and a clubhouse with a gym and pool.

Harold Allred, who lives up the street from the couple, said his wife often ran into Danley in exercise classes or social gatherings. Allred said he and his wife found Danley unremarkable, though perhaps a little odd, and didn’t know Paddock. “He was reclusive,” said Allred, 66. “We never met him.”

Paddock lived in a number of retirement communities. In addition to the Reno home, Paddock and Danley had another home in Mesquite, Nev., said neighbors. In recent years, he had moved to Nevada from Melbourne, Fla. And he had previously lived in Texas and California, where he had married once and later divorced.

In Reno, Diane McKay lived next door to Paddock and Danley until July, when McKay moved to a different community, but she said she only ran into Danley occasionally when both women happened to be pulling weeds from their front yards. Danley wasn’t forthcoming about her life, and Paddock was aggressively unfriendly, McKay recalled. She only saw him in the mornings, when he went to the clubhouse to work out. Occasionally, he would open the garage door, revealing a large safe the size of a refrigerator. Other than that, the couple kept their blinds closed.

“He was weird. Kept to himself,” said McKay, 79, who described Paddock as small but in pretty good shape. “It was like living next to nothing. . . . You can at least be grumpy, something. He was just nothing, quiet. He never went out in the back and enjoyed the back yard, nature. They had a little back yard, 17 feet to the fence and hill. But the blinds were always closed.”

McKay said the couple was gone for six months last year, which she thought was for a gambling trip.

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Paddock’s family said there was nothing in his past that would suggest violence. Family members said that Paddock spent much of his retirement in recent years frequenting hotels in Las Vegas. They said he listened to country music and went to concerts at Vegas hotels, similar to the one Sunday night where he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers.

Public records show Paddock was a licensed pilot who owned two planes. And he had a hunting license from Alaska.

Property records show he had homes in both Mesquite, Tex., and Mesquite in Nevada. He bought his current home in Mesquite, Nev., in 2013, and appears to have been living there ever since.

People tend to the wounded outside the festival grounds after a shooting on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas. (David Becker/Getty Images)

Las Vegas police said authorities searched Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nev., on Monday morning. Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department, said Paddock was unknown to local authorities in the city 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Mesquite police have no recorded interactions with Paddock. Las Vegas police said the same.

Neighbors at his home in Mesquite, Nev., said Paddock did not seem agitated or disturbed in recent days. “I saw Paddock on the golf course about two months ago,” said Luis Rodriguez, a groundskeeper at Conestoga Golf Course, which runs right through the retirement community where Paddock lived. “There was nothing strange about him. He seemed friendly and happy at the time.”

Rodriguez and other groundskeepers were shocked when they woke up to the news and realized they had seen Paddock. They say he played alone and that he would stop and say hello to them on the course.

At a 55-and-over community in Florida, where Paddock had lived for many years, neighbors recalled strange details about his lifestyle.

Don Judy, his next-door neighbor until two years ago, recalled that shortly after Paddock turned 60, Judy saw the inside of his home and was shocked by its appearance. He said it “looked like a college freshman lived there.”

There was no art on the walls, not even a car in the driveway, Judy said, just a dining chair, a bed and two recliners. “It looked like he’d be ready to move at a moment’s notice,” Judy said.

Paddock, however, always seemed on the move, carrying a suitcase and driving a rental car on monthly trips from Vegas to the community near Cocoa Beach.

“One of the first times we met him, he told me he lived there, in Vegas,” said Judy. “He explained that he was a gambler, and a prospector. He said he was buying this house to check it out for his mother . . . and that if she liked it, he planned to buy another next door with a floor plan like ours.”

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Paddock’s brother, mother and other family members lived about an hour away in Orlando and would frequently visit, Judy said.

During the two years that Judy lived next door, Paddock never seemed to want for money. A new ShopVac, tools and a never-used ladder appeared in the garage. Paddock and Danley would wave as they left for dinner along the beach.

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. “I thought, wow, this guy’s a good neighbor,” Judy said, who noted 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. They always seemed to stay on Vegas time.”

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A gunman in a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip opened fire on a country music festival Oct. 1, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. A gunman in a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip opened fire on a country music festival Oct. 1, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. (Taylor Turner/The Washington Post)

Computers also began appearing on the breakfast bar, and Paddock once boasted to Don and his wife that he’d won $20,000 playing card games over the Internet.

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,” Judy said.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said, “We have no investigative information or background associated with this individual that is derogatory. . . . The only thing we can tell is he received a citation several years ago, that citation was handled as a matter of normal practice in the court system.”

Authorities said no connection has been found between the gunman and any international terrorist group.

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After the shooting, Paddock was found dead by officers on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Lombardo said during a news briefing.

Police believe Paddock was a “lone wolf” attacker. Lombardo did not give further details, however, on Paddock’s background or possible motivation.

“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor.”

Paddock, who arrived at the hotel on Thursday, was found with more than 10 rifles, Lombardo said. Relatives said they knew Paddock owned guns but believed they were legal.

On Monday morning, police released a picture of Danley, saying they were searching for her as a person of interest. They later said they she was out of the country, and has been located and detained. Authorities called her a companion of Paddock.

Authorities described Danley as Asian, 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 111 pounds.

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In a statement, Lockheed Martin, the defense giant, said that Paddock had worked for it for three years in the 1980s.

“Stephen Paddock worked for a predecessor company of Lockheed Martin from 1985 until 1988,” the company said in a statement. “We’re cooperating with authorities to answer questions they may have about Mr. Paddock and his time with the company.”

The shooting on Sunday was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds.

Julie Tate and Mark Berman in Washington; Heather Long in Mesquite, Nev.; and Justin Glawe in Dallas contributed to this report.

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The man police say killed at least 58 people on the Las Vegas Strip was a retired accountant who enjoyed playing $100-a-hand poker, his brother says.

Here’s what else we know about Stephen Paddock, the assailant in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

• He was 64 years old and lived in Mesquite, a retiree community about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. He had previously lived in the Orlando, Florida, area.

• He was divorced, was not known to have children, and was living with a woman in a home in Mesquite.

• He’d never shown violent tendencies, said his brother, Eric Paddock of Orlando, Florida. “He was my brother and it’s like an asteroid fell out of the sky,” Eric Paddock said about learning his sibling was the gunman in the Las Vegas massacre.

• His father was a bank robber who spent years on the FBI’s most-wanted list, said brother Eric Paddock. The FBI lists the late Benjamin Hoskins Paddock as being on the FBI’s most-wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977.

• Eric Paddock said his father died a few years ago and that “he was never with my mom.” Eric said he was born while his father was on the run.

• Stephen last communicated with his brother via a text, asking Eric about their mother, who’d lost power during Hurricane Irma. Eric also said Stephen spoke to his mother on the phone a week or two ago.

• Eric Paddock says his brother did not have affiliations with any terror or hate group, and he doesn’t know why his brother would do this.

• “He was a wealthy guy playing video poker… on cruises,” his brother said, adding that Stephen could afford anything he wanted and played $100-a-hand poker.

• Stephen Paddock’s ex-wife lives in Los Angeles County, California, and has had no contact with him in years, authorities said. They divorced 27 years ago after six years of marriage.

• Authorities searched Paddock’s home in Mesquite on Monday and found weapons and ammunition, but Mesquite police spokesman Quinn Averett did not give details. Eric Paddock said he helped Stephen move to Mesquite about a year ago.

• Marilou Danley was identified as Paddock’s companion or roommate, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

• She does not appear to have been involved in the shooting and was in the Philippines when the massacre took place, authorities said. Paddock had been using some of her identification, Lombardo said.

• He kept a low profile. Law enforcement has no “derogatory information” about Stephen Paddock, besides the fact that he received a citation several years ago that was handled in the court system, Lombardo said.

• Paddock had been staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas since last Thursday. He killed himself in his room on the 32nd-floor before a police SWAT team burst in, Lombardo said.

• Authorities believe Paddock had a device similar to a hammer to smash the hotel windows prior to the shooting, Lombardo said. Officials think Paddock brought the weapons into the hotel by himself but did not provide specifics.

• Hotel employees had been in his room prior to the shooting but did not notice anything amiss, Lombardo said.

• Paddock had bought multiple firearms in the past, several of them purchased in California, a law enforcement official told CNN. But those don’t appear to be among the 10 or more guns found in the Mandalay Bay hotel room.

• The suspicion, based on initial reports, is that one of the rifles used was altered to function as an automatic weapon, the official said. Among the weapons found were a .223 caliber and a .308 caliber.

• So far investigators believe the firearms were purchased legally.

• Eric Paddock said he knew his brother had a couple of handguns and maybe one long rifle but did not know of any automatic weapons.

• Stephen Paddock did not have a machine gun when he moved him from Melbourne to Mesquite, Eric Paddock said.

• The suspect had a pilot’s license but he was not up to date on his medical certification which he would need in order to fly legally, a federal official said.

• The FAA website shows that the last time he went to get the medical certification required for private pilots who want to fly was February 2008 so he could not have flown legally recently.

• The FAA will not release any information regarding his mental health from his last certification in 2008 because it is protected under federal privacy rules.

• So far, authorities have found no military records for Stephen Paddock.

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By the time local authorities revealed Monday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas had left over 50 people dead, it was almost immediately labeled as the largest massacre in modern American history — but the heinous attack prompted others to question: Was it domestic terrorism?

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said it was “premature” to judge that question Monday afternoon, pointing to the ongoing investigation.

“This is an ongoing investigation, and it would be premature to weigh in on something like that before we have any more facts and we’ll leave that to local law enforcement to work with, also the federal law enforcement to make those determinations,” Sanders said.

Law enforcement authorities similarly declined to use the term “domestic terrorism.”

“We have to establish what his motivation was first,” said Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

Yet others, such as a former astronaut and gun-control advocate Mark Kelly, were unequivocal.

“This was an ambush if there ever was one,” said Kelly. “This was domestic terrorism.”

But here’s the problem: There is no such charge under federal law.

The confusion appears to stem, at least partly, from the fact that the US code does include a statutory definition of “domestic terrorism” — as acts “dangerous to human life and appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population” or to influence government policy or conduct — but it is not a standalone criminal charge.

“There is not a domestic terrorism crime as such,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a Senate hearing just last week. “We in the FBI refer to domestic terrorism as a category but it’s more of a way in which we allocate which agents, which squad is going to work on it.”

CNN Legal Analyst Page Pate says that Congress bears some of the responsibility for the colloquial use of the term.

“The problem is that Congress defined domestic terrorism in the criminal code, but there are no criminal penalties,” Pate said in an interview with CNN Monday.

The practical effect in many cases results in assailants instead being charged with other crimes, such as using a weapon of mass destruction in the case of 1995 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

But the lack of a formal charge of domestic terrorism hasn’t stopped some lawmakers, legal experts and others from questioning whether labels still matter.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate homeland security committee, asked Wray last week if the FBI takes the threat of ISIS-related terrorism cases “any less seriously” than those committed by white supremacists or if he’s noticed any difference in charging decisions.

“No, we do not,” Wray said. “There may be reasons why it’s simpler, easier, quicker, less resource-intensive and you can still get a long sentence with some of the other offenses. … And so, even though you may not see them, from your end, as a domestic terrorism charge, they are very much domestic terrorism cases that are just being brought under other criminal offenses.”

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The last group of Russian diplomats have left the mansion of Russia’s Consulate-General in San Francisco ahead of the deadline which expired midnight on October 1. The two remaining families residing at the main Consulate building departed Friday and Saturday. The Russian Consulate in San Francisco, as well as two buildings in Washington and New York, were forced to shut operations on September 2 on orders from US State Department. The evictions, which Russia say violates international law, were supervised by US federal agents who took control of the properties. The diplomats who resided in the main San Francisco Consulate building and the Consulate General’s mansion were allowed to temporarily stay in their apartments, which they could access passing federal security checkpoints, but were ordered to vacate their quarters by October 1.

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Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas Suspect, Was a Gambler Who Drew Little Attention

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He was a high-stakes gambler recognized in the casinos of Nevada. He dabbled in real estate investments in Texas. His last known full-time employment was 30 years ago. He was twice divorced. He had a pilot’s license and had owned two single-engine planes.

While his motive for the mass shooting outside a Las Vegas casino on Sunday night is unknown, details of Stephen Paddock’s history pointed to an unmoored and highly unconventional life.

From his neighbors in a quiet retirement community in Mesquite, Nev., he drew little attention, unless it was for his extreme propensity to keep to himself. He displayed no strong religious or political views, his relatives said, and was not known for angry outbursts.

But he was the son of a bank robber who ultimately escaped from prison and spent most of the 1970s on the F.B.I.’s most wanted list. His girlfriend, sought for questioning by law enforcement officials after the shooting, had passed through Tokyo, officials said.

Details about Mr. Paddock’s career and livelihood were sparse, aside from observations by neighbors and family members that he routinely gambled large amounts of money. “He was a gambler, that was his job,” his brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters Monday at his home in Orlando. “He was a wealthy guy, playing video poker, who went cruising all the time and lived in a hotel room.”

Mr. Paddock and his three brothers were raised by their mother, who told the children that their father had died when in fact he was in prison, Eric Paddock said. Mr. Paddock’s father was convicted in 1961 of committing a series of bank robberies, and was sentenced to 20 years, but escaped from La Tuna federal prison in Texas in 1968 and then became a used-car dealer and bingo parlor operator in Oregon.

A “Wanted” poster for the elder Mr. Paddock warned that he was “diagnosed as psychopathic,” “reportedly has suicidal tendencies” and “should be considered armed and very dangerous.”

The children’s mother was left to raise the family on her own. They moved around the country, from Iowa to Tucson to Southern California, another brother, Patrick Paddock II, of Tucson, said. Stephen Paddock’s behavior did not offer any indication of violent tendencies, the brother said.

“He was the least violent in the family during my childhood. So, it’s kind of like, ‘Who?’ ” Comparing himself to his brother, he said, “I have much more anger.”

Stephen Paddock attended college, his family said, and worked for a predecessor company to Lockheed Martin, the aerospace contracting company, from 1985 to 1988. Lockheed Martin confirmed his employment but did not identify the company for which Mr. Paddock worked.

Mr. Paddock once owned and managed a working-class apartment complex in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Tex., records show.

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A resident, Priscilla McBride, told The Dallas Morning News that Mr. Paddock often roamed the apartment property, casually talking to residents.

He moved away several years ago, she said, and they had not seen each other since. “I thought, it couldn’t be,” she said of the mass shooting. “You would have never thought he would be killing people. You just never know.”

Mr. Paddock bought three guns — a handgun and two rifles — at a shop in Mesquite, Guns & Guitars, within the last year, said Christopher Sullivan, the general manager. All the purchases were legal and cleared routine federal screening, Mr. Sullivan said.

“The man does not have a criminal history,” Mr. Sullivan said.

Two of the gunman’s three brothers said they were not close, and the third could not be located. Patrick Paddock said he and his brother had not been in contact for as long as 20 years, and he did not initially recognize the face that flashed on his television screen. He wondered aloud about the motive behind the crime, and expressed profound distress for the victims.

“My anxiety is not a drop in the ocean compared to how I feel about the people who got killed,” he said.

Eric Paddock broke down in tears during an interview. “There’s nothing I can say. My brother did this. It’s like he shot us. I couldn’t be more dumbfounded,” he said. He said he last communicated with his brother when Stephen inquired about how the family had fared during Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida in September.

“He texted me to ask about my mom after the hurricane,” Eric Paddock told reporters. “He sent her a walker.”

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.

Few things seemed out of the ordinary Thursday when Mr. Paddock checked into a suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

But shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night, from his window on the 32nd floor of the hotel, he unleashed a vicious deluge of bullets from an assault rifle and killed 59 people attending an outdoor country music concert nearby. More than 500 others were injured.

When police stormed his room shortly before midnight, Mr. Paddock lay dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He left behind 23 guns in the hotel suite, including two rifles mounted on tripods, 19 guns in his house, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, broken windows, and a trail of questions by family members and neighbors who are struggling to make sense of his motive. His car remained parked with the hotel valet.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department described Mr. Paddock as a “lone wolf” whose intentions had gone unnoticed by hotel staff members who had gone in and out of his room without detecting the trove of weapons.

“I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath at this point,” Sheriff Lombardo said.

On Monday, local police had blocked off the entrance to Sun City, the retirement community where Mr. Paddock lived.

Eric Paddock said he and his family were “shocked, horrified” by the news, saying he was “not an avid gun guy.” The brother told CBS News that he knew Mr. Paddock had handguns, but that as far as he knew, Mr. Paddock did not own machine guns.

“Where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background or anything like that,” the brother said. “When you find out about him, like I said, he’s a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite and drove down and gambled in Las Vegas.”

Eric Paddock told reporters in Florida that his brother “had nothing to do with any political organization, religious organization, no white supremacist, nothing, as far as I know. And I’ve only known him for 57 years.”

Mr. Paddock had a private pilot’s license, according to Federal Aviation Administration, and had two small planes registered in his name.

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.”

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