Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was germophobe, possibly bipolar

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was germophobe, possibly bipolar

The sheriff in Las Vegas says a federal grand jury is hearing evidence in a case spun off of the October 1 mass shooting that became the deadliest in modern USA history.

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 shooter, Stephen Paddock, killed himself before police reached him and the sheriff said no criminal charges are being considered against Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

Paddock also visited the San Diego Tourism Authority website, sandiego.org, at least once the same day he searched for La Jolla, the investigation revealed.

During a press conference, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said investigators had "gone over 2,000 leads and looked at 21,560 hours of video". But it remains unclear why he targeted the concert, the central mystery that has gone unsolved since he opened fire on the Route 51 Harvest music festival in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Though he believed Paddock could have had bipolar disorder, Paddock "did not want to discuss that topic further with him".

He added that all though they believed Paddock was a lone gunman, they are still investigating a person of interest in the case.

Officials have yet to determine a motive behind the shooting that killed 58 people.

Weeks before the shooting, the couple stayed at Mandalay Bay hotel together but Paddock was acting strangely, Ms Danley told investigators.

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He moved from window to window to see the site from different angles, the report said.

The doctor offered him antidepressants, but Paddock accepted only a prescription for anxiety medication. The court documents, which detail the early days of the investigation, describe Paddock as spending significant time amassing weapons and ammunition while seeking "to thwart the eventual law enforcement investigation".

He had previously told friends and relatives that he always felt ill, in pain and worn out.

This October 2017 photo shows the interior of the Mandalay Bay hotel room, part of the evidence images included in a preliminary report showing the interior of Stephen Paddock's 32nd floor room.

On the same day as the San Diego searches, he searched Google Maps for locales in Southern California, including hotels in Santa Monica and a Venice Beach gastropub, and places in Boston, including Fenway Park and Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Ten days later, the Las Vegas murderer also searched for "swat weapons", "ballistics chart 308", "SWAT Las Vegas", "ballistic", and "do police use explosives".

However, he said the FBI was investigating another person of interest, but would not identify them.

In his hotel room police found 23 guns, 4,000 unused bullets, four laptops, and three cellphones. Authorities said the shooter also had child pornography.

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