Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 20, 2018

Fifty-eight people died in the massacre by gunman Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on concert-goers from a 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas strip in October.

But hundreds of interviews and thousands of pieces of evidence have not answered the key question: Why did Paddock open fire from his high-rise hotel suite, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800 others in the deadliest shooting in modern US history?

"One aspect of the investigation focused on Paddock's financials", the report reads.

Investigators also concluded that Paddock was not facing financial hardship at the time of the shooting. She remembered him constantly looking out the windows overlooking an area where the concert would be held the next month. "Paddock would move from window to window looking at the site from different angles", she said.

Authorities said they don't anticipate charges being brought against Danley, who has cooperated with investigators. She described him as germophobic and said he had strong reactions to smells. Other friends and family members told police that Paddock claimed to consistently feel ill, in pain or tired, but Paddock's physician told investigators that Paddock's only major ailment was a muscle tear from a slip-and-fall incident in a casino three years before the shooting. Paddock refused anti-depressants but accepted prescriptions ordered for anxiety.

Paddock had paid off his gambling debts before the shooting, according to the report.

Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting. Paddock reportedly gambled more than $10,000 a day on several occasions, and more than $20,000 to $30,000 per day in some instances, according to NBC News. She has said she found that odd and thought he might have been breaking up with her when he sent her the money and told her to use it to buy a home for her family there. Dozens of guns were strewn around the room, some left inside a bassinet.

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Danley did tell authorities, however, that they would probably find her fingerprints on Stephen Paddock's bullets and magazines because she helped him load ammo into cartridges, the Las Vegas Journal reported, citing search warrants unsealed on Friday, Jan. 12.

Among them were the blasted out window from where Paddock fired more than 1,100 bullets, the surveillance cameras he positioned to warn of anyone approaching and explosives in his auto.

The report also says Paddock also searched for information about several other hotels in Las Vegas.

"You will see disturbing search history from his computers to include extensive on ballistics and SWAT tactics", said Lombardo. He said, "There was only one person responsible and that was Stephen Paddock".

Among the weapons mentioned in the report were 23 found inside the hotel room from which Paddock fired into the crowd, including 13 AR-15 rifles equipped with "bump stocks", a controversial device that allows shooters to fire bullets from semi-automatic rifles at a faster rate.

Danley also described how Paddock's demeanor changed over the course of the past year as he became "distant" and "germaphobic", the report said.

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