Stephen Paddock, retired accountant, 64, divorced, no children, reputedly wealthy, high stakes gambler. A search of local, State and Federal records indicate a couple of “citations,” traffic tickets, probably for getting in a hurry. And no record of mental illness.
Stephen Paddock, a wealthy accumulator of fully automatic rifles. Just like other wealthy gn collectors.
Gun collectors who do NOT set a record for murder that rivals Norwegian Anders Beehring Brevik, who shot more than 70 to death in one of the most strictly regulated environments on Earth. Before Brevity could buy a gun, he had to be amember of a gun club for a year, and be recommended by fellow club members.
We do not yet know why Stephen Paddock murdered 59 and wounded 527, with an illegally converted Sport Utility Rifle. Why?? We do not know.
An autopsy may reveal a reason, since brain tumors have been known to change victim’s behavior. and Paddock may not have been wealthy enough to pay off his debts. Or, alternately, he may have been at the point he felt life was worthless and wanted to leave an evil mark instead of no mark on the world.
Until we know why Paddock behaved as he did, we have no basis to judge him. But we have plenty of basis to condemn his violence.