The picture that is emerging of Steven Paddock, who has been identified as the gunman in Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, is of a man that some law enforcement officials increasingly believe had severe mental illness that was likely undiagnosed, sources tell ABC News.

The portrait, gleaned from interviews with hundreds of people interviewed over the past week, is that while Paddock might have been financially successful, he had real difficulty interacting with people. He is described as standoff-ish, disconnected, a man who had difficulty establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Paddock opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring 489 others before taking his own life. More than 22,000 people were attending the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival when gunfire erupted.

The 64-year-old was known for playing gambling games in casinos for hours at a time with little or no human contact. One source told ABC News that Paddock was exhibiting many antisocial traits that are typical of past mass shooters.

FBI profilers and behavioral scientists have spent hours this week examining witness interviews and investigative summaries trying to better understand what drove the Mesquite, Nevada, man to execute and injure so many in such a calculated and detached fashion.

ABC News has learned authorities are particularly focused on the period of September to October 2016, when Paddock began buying 30-plus guns, in concentration — most of which were rifles.

Sources say there’s evidence that his gambling wagers began increasing in scale in that time frame too.

Paddock, they say, was recently on his computer looking at a lot of different hotel venues — some apparently just to research, some of which he actually traveled to.

According to multiple law enforcement officials, police still have found no definitive evidence to prove Paddock had an accomplice, and have not nailed down a definitive motive.

Authorities are still trying to assess whether the phone charger that doesn’t fit Paddock’s phone found in the hotel room is of significance.

An image of a man that looks like Paddock, apparently accompanied by two others, is still under review and investigation. It is unclear if this image is of the gunman or if it will be meaningful.

Authorities are now beginning to wonder whether they will ever find a definitive motive and reason for the massacre, but officials are determined to keep digging. Meanwhile, FBI forensics experts and evidence technicians continue to examine numerous items flown in from Vegas to the FBI’s lab in Quantico, Virginia, to exploit them for new details. One source said every technique and technology available is being used.

Source ABC News


Tiffany Gaines
Tiffany Gaines

Owner & Founder of Shared Success Global and Entertainment Industry Executive Tiffany Gaines, has been building a name for herself as a woman of integrity and professionalism for more than a decade. Currently wearing several hats in both the entertainment and hotel industries, she has soon preserved the highest levels of professional and personal ethics by maintaining a long-term stability in providing access to a network spectrum of quality entertainment sources to both sides of the business. She’s at present, the business manager for Curtis Young, Son of the Iconic Dr Dre and Executive Board of Director for Forever Young Legacy, LTD, while also holding several other positions such as the Business Manager for former drug Kingpin, now currently Amazon’s best seller/Author Freeway Rick Ross, Urban Pop sensation, singer/songwriter Myko of Rick Ross Music Group and Billboard charting, national recording artist and designer Christine Storm. In addition to management, she is the CEO of LRT Entertainment, Owner and Founder of SS (SHARED SUCCESS) Music Group/BLASIA’S ENTERTAINMENT LLC (A global online marketing agency/distribution company currently marketing and distributing for close to 4,000 artists worldwide), Label Manager for Rick Ross Music Group and Senior Director of Marketing for Monsta Squadd Global and the host of the Underground Over Mainstream Movement aimed at offering worldwide recognition to underground artists who deserve to be honored and recognized just as much as the next mainstream. With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Law and Society, she has proved herself not only as one with intelligence and skill, but also a serious determined business woman and entrepreneur. She currently represents a select few of international clientele in both Japan and China for those seeking to raise or re-position their public profile in the Entertainment Industry. In addition to her extensive resume, she is also a partner and International Hotel Broker for the National Hotels Association (A global network offering hotels at discounted wholesale rates holding contracts with over 750,000 hotels worldwide) servicing her entire platform of Artists, Producers, CEO’s, Label owners, promoters, booking agencies and corporate companies saving her clients up to 75% off retail prices online. Over the years, she has held many positions of the entertainment industry from both major to independent, vastly moving around this circle on various prestigious and exclusive levels. She’s an advocate speaker for the youth, supporter of charitable non-profit organizations and meaningful causes and above all gives every bit of the credit of her works to the Most-High.

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