Oct. 3, 2017: Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, left, responds to a question if Aaron Rouse, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Las Vegas Division, looks on during a media briefing at the Las Vegas Metro Police headquarters in Las Vegas, Nev.
Finally want to know why Stephen Paddock shot 58 people in Las Vegas in early October?
Be prepared to wait a while – possibly until next October – the head of the FBI’s Las Vegas office revealed this week during an interview where he said that the agency is not likely to short of the public until their report is released some time before the tragedy’s first anniversary.
“Now that is a long time for some people, but speaking for the FBI, that the speed of light, are you all right?” Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse told the Las Vegas Review-Journal Wednesday.
Rouse said reports of other agencies investigate the mass shooting will be released at different times, but the FBI is “focused a large part of why” of “what everyone wants to know.”
In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, personal belongings and debris litters the Route 91 Harvest festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas.
That burning question has not been answered, but Rouse said the evidence still suggests Paddock was the only person who is involved in the attack and that he’s not associated with any preferences or ideologies. The FBI previously denied the claims of the Islamic State that Paddock was responding to a call to intensify attacks against Western countries bomb the areas in Syria and Iraq.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo has said in the past that Paddock’s mounting gambling losses may have played a role.
“As I sit here today, I believe that we learn as much as we can about the reason why the subject did what they did,” Rouse said.
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Rouse told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the FBI has interviewed approximately 400 people worldwide in connection with the Paddock and he has the same number of specialists to help document evidence. He said that the Route 91 Harvest music festival took investigators 14 days to comb the top, while Paddock’s room, and hotel hallway in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has 13. Important items to be found on both websites, are sent to the FBI central lab in Virginia.
“We have, I think, is the best digital schematic representation of what has happened and where it happened and how it happened that you can come up with,” Rouse said.
He added that the FBI investigators have a total of 22,000 hours of surveillance and mobile phone images and 250,000 photos to look, rising to approximately 40 terabytes of data.
“We wanted to not leave anything uncovered,” Rouse told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “And again, the casinos, with their support, let us locate a lot of information that may have had contact with that person. And it was very convenient for us.”