Sheriff Goes 'Against Normal Protocols' on Vegas Massacre

Releases preliminary report, photos of scene
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2018 7:09 AM CST
This Oct. 2017 photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Force Investigation Team Report showing the interior of room 32-134 of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's 32nd floor room.   (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)
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(Newser) – "I am going against normal protocols," said Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo Friday in his first public comments in two months on the Oct. 1 massacre in his city. They came as police released an 81-page preliminary investigative report along with photos of the scene—an atypical move that Lombardo said he hoped would "quell the zest for information." The New York Times reports that the investigation thus far has concluded Stephen Paddock was the lone gunman, but Lombardo did refer to a second person—unnamed, but not girlfriend Marilou Danley, who will not be charged—who will likely be charged within the coming months for an unspecified crime. The report shares no conclusive motive, reports CNN.

As Lombardo put it, "This report is not going to answer every question or even answer the biggest question, as to why he did what he did," though Lombardo did acknowledge that the "significant amount of wealth" Paddock recently lost could have played a role. Danley described Paddock as changing during the last year of his life: becoming a germaphobe who was sensitive to smell and no longer intimate with her. She described a September trip to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where Paddock ultimately attacked from, saying he repeatedly stared out the windows from various angles. A thorough computer search turned up not just child porn but also a search history that in May started looking up big summer concerts. Subsequent search terms, per the Times and Los Angeles Times, included "Las Vegas high rise condos rent," "do police use explosives," and "How crowded does Santa Monica Beach get?" (Read more Las Vegas shooting stories.)

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