For the first time since Sunday night’s deadly massacre, a law enforcement official has suggested the possibility that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock could have been ‘radicalized.’
The terrorist organization ISIS has repeatedly claimed that Paddock converted to Islam, but offered no evidence to support their claims.
The FBI dismissed any connection rather swiftly, and the shooter doesn’t yet appear to fit any profile of a typical terrorist.
During a press conference on Tuesday however, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo responded to questions regarding the possibility of such a scenario, and was not nearly as dismissive as federal authorities had been.
BREAKING: Sheriff Lombardo suggests shooter was “radicalized” & authorities attempting to uncover source. pic.twitter.com/HtoIxRhvvA
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) October 3, 2017
That would mark a shocking turn of events. Lombardo’s body language as he answers the question indicates he’s not simply relaying the reporters comments in an attempt to answer an off-the-wall question, rather he’s legitimately floating the possibility.
“I want to understand the motivation that you described, okay, to prevent any future incidents, and, you know, did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us?” Lombardo said. “And we want to identify that source.”
To be sure, law enforcement is likely considering any scenario at this point, since Paddock’s actions and motive seem to make little sense at this point.
As the Political Insider reported, the shooter sent tens of thousands of dollars overseas prior to the massacre.
NBC News confirmed this with multiple sources, reporting that Paddock “wired $100,000 to an account in his live-in girlfriend’s home country, the Philippines, in the week before he unleashed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.”
The Phillipines have become a hotbed of Islamic State activity in recent months.
Lombardo has now indicated the girlfriend, Marilou Danley, is a “person of interest.”
The fact that authorities are floating the possibility that Paddock had been radicalized is even more curious as photos have emerged from the hotel room in which he carried out the shooting, showing evidence that a note was left behind.
Stephen Paddock left a note, new photos released from inside his hotel room reveal. pic.twitter.com/G4O7cSk3Ga
— Not Elizabeth (@NotElizabeth88) October 4, 2017
The note, left behind on a side table inside Paddock’s room, may offer clues to his reasons for slaughtering well over 50 country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and injuring hundreds more.
Law enforcement likely know details of what was written on the note.
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