Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock is a cipher

Stephen Paddock was a high roller. Thus, he probably asked for and got comped the suite and hotel room he slaughtered innocents from. The image is from an excellent nuts-and-bolts story from NYT about the chronology of the Vegas shooting. Paddock chose the suite carefully. The concert area was 400 yards away and once he broke two windows, he had an unobstructed ability to murder. Plus, it would be very hard to take him out fast.

It just bugs me he is so much of a cipher. It’s like we’re missing something. He was not on social media at all. Most 64 year-olds have at least some social media presence. Nobody seems to know anything about him. He gave his Mesquite house keys to a neighbor and asked him to watch the house when he was gone, and the neighbor never saw any guns. That means they were very well hidden.

In gambling parlance, Paddock was a “whale”, a very high roller. Whales get everything comped and get whatever they want, like suites.

Mandalay Bay shooter Stephen Paddock gambled with at least $160,000 in the past several weeks at Las Vegas casinos, according to senior law enforcement officials.

A source familiar with the investigation told NBC News that Paddock was a frequent player “with the highest status” at Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas.

The crazed lone gunman theory just doesn’t seem to fit here.

When police stormed his room shortly before midnight, Mr. Paddock lay dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He left behind 23 guns in the hotel suite, including two rifles mounted on tripods, 19 guns in his house, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, broken windows, and a trail of questions by family members and neighbors who are struggling to make sense of his motive.


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