Despite the initial assumption that Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock acted alone on the night of the shooting, Clark Country Sheriff Joseph Lombardo on Wednesday said it is difficult to believe Paddock did not have help in planning his deadly mission.
Lombardo disclosed that Wednesday that Paddock had rented a room overlooking the Life is Beautiful music festival, which took place at another venue the weekend before the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.
He also noted that Paddock had 50 pounds of an explosive known as tannerite in his parked car as well as 1,600 rounds of ammunition. He said that investigators believe Paddock thought he would get away after the shooting, but are uncertain if he had a plan of action for after any escape.
Lombardo said that although as of Wednesday officials have not found that Paddock had assistance, they are operating under the assumption that the complexity and scale of the planning make it doubtful Paddock did everything by himself without revealing any intention to anyone.
“Look at this. You look at the weapons … obtaining the different amounts of tannerite available, do you think this was all accomplished on his own, face value?” he said
“You got to make the assumption he had to have help at some point, and we want to ensure that’s the answer,” he said.
“Maybe he’s a super guy, super hero–not a hero, super–I won’t use the word. Maybe he’s super — that was working out this out on his own, but it will be hard for me to believe that,” he said.
Lombardo said the preponderance of evidence suggests someone else knew the attack was coming, or helped plan it.
“Here’s the reason why, put one and one–two and two together, another residence in Reno with firearms, okay, electronics and everything else associated with larger amounts of ammo, a place in Mesquite, we know he had a girlfriend. Do you think this is all self-effacing individual without talking to somebody, it was sequestered amongst himself?” he said.
“Come on focus folks these type of investigations have been occurring in the last few years and we have to investigate that,” he said.
The FBI did not support Lombardo’s conclusions.
“Theories are great and everyone can have a theory,” said Aaron Rouse, who runs the FBI’s Las Vegas division.
“But I need to deal with facts. The sheriff needs to deal with facts. He’s not going to make assumptions. I’m not going to make assumptions,” he said.
Marilou Danley, Paddock’s long-time girlfriend, has said she did not know what Paddock was planning.
“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone,” she said in a statement. “He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.”
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source: Western Journalism