FBI investigators have admitted that a arduous drive belonging to Stephen Paddock, which contained key details about the motive behind the assault, has gone lacking.
Investigators inspecting Paddocks’ laptop computer have mentioned that the arduous drive inside was utterly eliminated shortly earlier than he started the taking pictures spree on Oct. 1.
ABC News reviews: The absence of considerable digital clues has left investigators struggling to piece collectively what triggered Paddock to kill 58 harmless concertgoers and injure greater than 500 others on Oct. 1.
Authorities are inspecting each side of Paddock’s life — from his household, pals and associates to his journey patterns, well being and funds. To this point, a motive has been elusive to investigators.
The frequent gambler, described as a loner, spent months amassing his arsenal, staying underneath the radar with nobody suspecting he would flip to excessive violence.
His funds didn’t look like an issue and Paddock had settled any money owed he had with casinos shortly earlier than the assault, a supply mentioned.
Different mass shooters in the US have left behind writings or manifestos explaining their actions — nonetheless deranged these explanations could have been.
Paddock, nonetheless, left behind no such writings or proof.
He isn’t the primary mass shooter to destroy or conceal digital clues.
In 2007, Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung Hui eliminated the arduous drive of his laptop and disposed of his mobile phone shortly earlier than the bloodbath. Authorities even searched a pond for the lacking digital media, however the units had been by no means recovered.
The 2008 Northern Illinois shooter, Steven Kazmierczak, eliminated the SIM card from his cellphone and the arduous drive from his laptop computer, and neither was recovered.
In 2012, Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza had eliminated the arduous drive from his laptop and smashed it with a hammer or screwdriver.