Friday, Oct. 6, 2017|3:58 p.m.
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock’s anti-social personality will only hamper detectives as they try to figure to piece together what caused the shooting.
“It’s very difficult,” said Erroll Southers, the director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.
“The absence of a social media footprint is likely intentional,” Southers said. “We’re so utilized to in the first 24 to 2 Days having the ability to review social networks posts. If they don’t leave us a note behind or a manifesto behind, and we’re not seeing that, that’s exactly what’s making this longer.
“What’s actually confusing is that we’ve seen him with comparable sort of activity– reserving rooms in other places– so you need to ask yourself the factor he selected Las Vegas and not somewhere else.”
Paddock fired indiscriminately Sunday from his upper-level room at the Mandalay Bay hotel casino at people participating in a c and w celebration below, eliminating dozens and injuring nearly 500 people. The 64-year-old Paddock killed himself as authorities closed in.
Because so few people knew Paddock well, investigators will likely have an even more difficult time arranging through his background to aim to discover any possible leads, Southers stated.
“You do not have any cases of leakage– no one to state who’s he mad at, what his intention is,” Southers stated. “The key to this case right now is the girlfriend.”
“The reason you wish to take part in a fear attack is you wish to accentuate an extremist ideology, you want publicity,” he said. “You desire people to be afraid of what you believe what you do.”