Sheriff: Vegas Shooter Led "Secret Life", May Have Planned Car Bombing; Tried To Ignite Jet Fuel Tanks

With every passing day, the Las Vegas police department releases new details about Stephen Paddock, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, who according to the latest update, spent decades stockpiling guns and living a “secret life” and may have planned other attacks, including a car bombing, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said, after suggesting that it was only logical to “make the assumption” that Stephen Paddock had “some help at some point” in pulling off Sunday's massacre.

As evidence, Lombardo pointed to gunman Paddock’s huge arsenal, explosive materials found in his car and his meticulous planning. “What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,” the sheriff said. Lombardo also revealed that Paddock had an escape plan, even though he turned the gun on himself as police closed in on his suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Meanwhile, authorities are still searching for a motive. "Anything that would indicate this individual’s trigger point, that would cause him to do such harm, we haven’t understood it yet," Lombardo told reporters Wednesday. "Don't you think the concealment of his history of his life was well thought out?"

Analyzing Paddock's computer, cellphone and other electronic devices, investigators have found no obvious ideological motive, no clear connection to extremists or activist groups or outward display of mental illness, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier in the day, an Australian man who claimed he met Paddock several times in the Philippines told the Guardian that the shooter was “extremely intelligent, methodical, conservative -- guarded -- and strategic. A planning, thinking type of guy.” The man, who spoke to The Guardian on condition of anonymity from his Brisbane home, said the encounters came through their respective girlfriends, both Philippine-born sisters, who had family reunions.

He said he and Paddock had “robust” discussions about American gun laws and said Paddock mentioned a “gun room” during one stay in his home in Mesquite, Nev. “His comments were that it’s a substantial hobby that needs to be protected: ‘a gun room’,” the man told The Guardian.

Separately, NBC reported that Marilou Danley, Paddock's girlfriend, said she remembers him exhibiting symptoms such as lying in bed and moaning, according to two former FBI officials who have been briefed on the matter. "She said he would lie in bed, just moaning and screaming, 'Oh, my God,'" one of the former officials said. The other former official said Danley spoke about Paddock displaying "mental health symptoms."

Investigators believe Stephen Paddock, who claimed nearly 60 lives and injured hundreds more in Las Vegas on Sunday, may have been in physical or mental anguish, the sources said.

Investigators are also examining approximately six media devices left behind by Paddock, one of the former officials said. Included in that search is an inquiry into Paddock's web browsing history.

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Meanwhile, as Fox News reports, the materials found in Paddock's car - 1,600 rounds of ammunition, fertilizer that could be used to make explosives and 50 pounds of the explosive substance Tannerite -- led authorities to believe the Paddock was possibly planning a car bombing.

Authorities also revealed that the weekend before the shooting, Paddock had rented a high-rise condo in a building that overlooked the Life is Beautiful alternative music festival featuring Chance the Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182. Lombardo offered no other details on what led Paddock there. Paddock also rented a room in August at Chicago's downtown Blackstone Hotel, but never checked in. The hotel overlooks Grant Park where the Lollapalooza festival is held each year with hundreds of thousands of people in attendance.

Addition to the confusion is that as the AP notes, where other mass killers have left behind a trail of plain-sight clues that help investigators quickly understand what drove them to violence, Paddock had nearly no close friends, social media presence or other clear connections to the broader world. Even the No. 2 official in the FBI said Wednesday he was surprised investigators have not uncovered more about why a man with no obvious criminal record would cause so much bloodshed.

"There's all kinds of things that surprise us in each one of these events. That's the one in this one, and we are not there yet," FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said. "We have a lot of work to do."

They wonder if he had some sort of mental break at the time that drove him to start making plans for mass murder. Authorities were looking for hints in the details of the kind of life he lived, and the kind of victims and venue he targeted, said David Gomez, a former FBI national security and criminal profiler.

"We may never know to 100 percent certainty," he said. "But they will find out."

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In a tangent, overnight the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Paddock reportedly also took aim at nearby aviation fuel tanks during the rampage. The bullets fired by the killer left two holes in one of two circular white tanks. One of the bullets penetrated the tank, but did not cause a fire or explosion near the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The tanks are roughly 1,100 feet from the concert site, where Paddock killed 58 people. Several airplane hangars belonging to prominent corporations are also near the tanks.

Within the past couple of days, a construction crew repaired the holes, and FBI agents inspected the tanks and took measurements of the line of fire from Mandalay Bay, the sources said. The bases of private aircraft companies are also close to the tanks, which sit on property owned by McCarran International Airport.

The tanks are operated by Swissport, the company that runs the fueling operations for the airport, according to McCarran spokeswoman Christine Crews. They primarily are used to provide fuel to the private aircraft operators.

According to the Journal, jet fuel is hard to ignite and tanks like those across from Mandalay Bay have mechanisms in place to prevent fires. Mike Boyd, a Colorado-based aviation consultant, echoed those words. “A machine gun is not going to blow up a tank of fuel,” Boyd said. “Jet fuel itself sitting there in a big wet pile is very hard to ignite. You have to be a very amateur terrorist to think anything like that.”

Which would make sense: earlier in the day ISIS "tripled down" on allegations that Paddock was both a convert to Islam and operating on its behalf in its just published edition of its weekly Naba newsletter. The Islamic State propaganda newsletter featureed infographs and new specific claims concerning Paddock, who the terror group identifies according to the Muslim name, Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki (or Abu Abdul Barr "The American") and claimed "converted six months ago" to ISIS.


Rapunzal Thu, 10/05/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Can they stop now with all those bullshit stories. Do those creepy satanic child abusing parasitic elites don't get it. We don't care about your false flag/hoaxes anymore. Nobody gives a fuck any more about your coding in numbers and Masonic symbols. People will wake up eventually to all that stupidity.

Manthong RAT005 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:02 Permalink

 And the NRA does not seem to understand the 2nd Amendment either. There were not all that many thugs or psycho killers on the street in the 18th century. You had the occasional brigand but the problem then was actually tyrannical government. There is no such thing as a “2nd Amendment right”. There is only a God-given right to keep and bear arms. The 2nd Amendment only serves to restrict the federal government from infringing on that right bestowed upon us by natures God. And as another reminder, the Declaration dictates that “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security”. How many elements of the Constitution has this iteration of US government usurped? Start with the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments. 

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MozartIII Manthong Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:13 Permalink

Is the alternate media starting to push the truth forward????? The NRA writes the majority of the anti-gun legislation to excite their base and get more membership. This is old news! Fuck the NRA!!! When americans shoot enforcement officers for one reason or another. Heck they could stab them in mass. The politicians will have some fear with their corporate overloards. Then rules will sort of change.....

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BuddyEffed MozartIII Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:44 Permalink

The moaning in bed thing makes me wonder if the guys dream state somehow overlapped his wake state at times. Could it be that his actions were akin to sleepwalking where dreams had an input into his daily actions? Could it have been a trance or something like sleepwalking?
Medication, tumor, or mini stroke could have played a part in altering him.

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Luc X. Ifer Manthong Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:25 Permalink

WTF - "There were not all that many thugs or psycho killers on the street in the 18th century."
Dude, what r u smoking or did you fell recently and hit your head?!
Being a thug in the 18th century America *WAS THE NORM*, that's how America was built!
I know history is hard however, have you seen at least the "Gangs of New York" or "There will be blood"

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Manthong Luc X. Ifer Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:08 Permalink

 Witch burning... 17th century fake news... Were witches burned at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials? The natives were not all that restless in the 18th century in the vast majority of the space of the original 13 colonies, not to say that there weren’t significant incidents or periods. Here are 17 documented events/periods that span the entire 100 years of the 18th cemtury. Indian Wars Timeline 1500s to 1700s Things got hot with the Injuns, outlaws and the thugs in the 19th century. 

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Chupacabra-322 samsara Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:20 Permalink

Deep State is frantically attempting to once again disarm the masses before they kick off the engineered Civil War & activate the I CIA SIS terror cells here at home to coincide with the engineered economic collapse.

Misdirection Ordo ab Chao during this time frame will be critical for the Elite.

Do not fall prey to the divide & conquer Problem, reaction, solution phase.

Target for absolute, complete total Elimination located in & at Langley.

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BobEore Juggernaut x2 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:10 Permalink

And now for a short break from the regularly scheduled parade of disinfo...

" As it turns out, the patsy was an FBI agent who was assigned to run guns for ISIS fast and furious style who at all times had more people in the room with him as proven by room service receipts. The FBI obviously knew that he was running guns, and assigned him to do it. Most likely the two guests that show on room service were the ones who killed him before six other people showed up, as shown on security, only to have none of the other (total of 8 people) make the news after the FBI did a show bust and kicked in the door. All 8 additional people were in the room during the shooting. None did anything to stop it. All left later in FBI uniforms. Obviously with no broken windows there was no shooting from that room, and it is all a hoax at that level, but it just goes to show how filthy the FBI and the rest of American intelligence is, they can take their pretty face Hollywood TV drama series (all of them) and shove them...

The FBI did more than set up a patsy, the FBI actually carried out the shooting at the concert."

Hapless Merikans, unable still to grasp the TOTAL INTEGRATION of

Sraeli-USA security organs(CIA/FBI/mossad), intelligence services(NSA/Unit8200, Mob bosses (Adelson/Nuttybuddy)& criminal cartels masquerading as "governments"(Wall St/Solntsevskaya Bratva...

continue to rely pon their various msm and "alt-media" sources of disinfo, with a RELIGIOUS fervor, happy to be given the "choice" of koolaid flavors with which to slurp up the concoction of ratpoison-laced cyanide that will induce the massive JONESTOWN 2.O by which the once mighty Republic

goes out with a BANG!

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skinwalker Thu, 10/05/2017 - 22:31 Permalink

This guy is either really brave or really stupid.

When you're in a position of authority, you don't question the official narrative unless you like lying in unmarked graves.

lil dirtball HRClinton Thu, 10/05/2017 - 22:43 Permalink

> “A machine gun is not going to blow up a tank of fuel,” Boyd said. “Jet fuel itself sitting there in a big wet pile is very hard to ignite. You have to be a very amateur terrorist to think anything like that.”

And yet, once that shit starts burning, it burns hotter than a Krups oven and will bring down steel and concrete skyscrapers. Even buildings designed against such a thing and others just sitting empty, nearby.

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aloha_snakbar Thu, 10/05/2017 - 22:33 Permalink

Secret Life", May Have Planned Car Bombing; Tried To Ignite Jet Fuel TanksLOL... yeah... and I also heard that the killer had a holographic quantum reality generator in his back pocket, and was planning of possibly, maybe, perhaps, opening up a wormhole for an invading army of hostile aliens...