Clues few and elusive for motive of Las Vegas gunman

Stephen Paddock graduated from Los Angeles Unified School District’s John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley in 1971.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Those seeking to know the motive of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock have had little more to chase than hints and shadows.

Paddock led such a low-key, private life that no one seemed to know him well, and those who did had no sense he was capable of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Where other mass killers have left behind a trail of plain-sight clues that help investigators quickly understand what drove them to violence, Paddock, 64, had nearly no close friends, social media presence or other clear connections to the broader world.

  • tom_billesley

    Another alumnus of John H. Francis Polytechnic High School is Bruce Jeffrey Pardo who dressed as Santa Claus and killed ten people, including his ex-wife and her family members, in the Covina massacre of December 24, 2008.

  • ontario john

    I blame Russians and Nazis.

  • canminuteman

    I suspect the plain sight clues are there, but they aren’t being seen because they don’t fit the narrative. I suspect that he was an anti Trump Antifa type who wanted to kill white people. It shouldn’t surprise us because they regularly tell us they want us dead. It just can’t be used to demonize whites so the investigators aren’t seeing it.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Where’s the hotel videos of him hauling in all his stuff?

  • Brett McS
    • It is a very strange case.

    • Solo712

      Sure thing that Putin was behind it. Getting the media to chase a motive of a mass-murdering gun-nutty schizo, is a great distraction from the real business of America which is getting to the bottom of the carnage the Kremlin journalist-killer did to American democracy in 2016.

  • Hard Little Machine

    News from the AP? Did they Photoshop an Israeli F-16 bombing Beirut again for their story?