Massacre in Las Vegas
Massacre in Las Vegas struck on Sunday night after 10 PM. Thousands attending an outdoor concert were suddenly confused if fireworks were being set off or if a helicopter was landing nearby. As it turned out Stephen Paddock, 64, was named as the gunman who unleashed a volume of bullets from his 32nd floor hotel room at Mandalay Bay Resort.
Why Did the Massacre Take Place?
It is still a mystery why the massacre happened. Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said today, “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman described the gunman as “a crazed lunatic full of hate.”
Among the dead was Sandra Casey. She was a special education teacher in Manhattan Beach, California. School board President Jennifer Cochran said, “We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students.” Sonny Melton also was killed. His employer, Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, said Melton was a registered nurse. Melton and his wife were in Las Vegas to celebrate their first anniversary. His wife said that her husband saved her life by covering and protecting her body. Dozens of other dead each have a story to tell but, they will personally never be able to do so.
The killer shot himself shortly before law enforcement arrived at his hotel room. Sheriff Lombardo said, “I don’t know how it could have been prevented.” Paddock bought multiple firearms in the past. As of now investigators believe the firearms were purchased legally. One rifle was altered to function as an automatic weapon. While searching his room police found 10 rifles inside. Police found an additional 18 rifles at the murderers’ home.
Eric Paddock, brother of the shooter, said, “We’re just completely befuddled. Dumbstruck.” He described his brother, a retired accountant, as “a wealthy guy. He liked to play video poker. He went on cruises.”