A Year After Vegas Massacre, Was Infamy The Motive?

One year after Stephen Paddock killed 58 Las Vegas concertgoers, experts still lack evidence of a motive. One says that in such cases, “some people kill for notoriety and infamy, and that’s what he did.”

One year after Stephen Paddock killed 58 Las Vegas concertgoers, criminal psychologists and threat-assessment experts still are puzzled over why a wealthy, 64-year-old gambler committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Several hypotheses on the gunman’s possible psychopathy and desire for infamy have begun to emerge, but they are based on limited evidence, a troubling outcome for people whose job it is to look for clues that could help prevent such a deadly incident in the future, reports the Wall Street Journal“People are bewildered by the case—there’s a bewilderment, and there’s a horror,” said J. Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego.

A 10-month Las Vegas police probe found no evidence of Paddock’s motives after interviews with his relatives, girlfriend, ex-wife, doctor and casino hosts, as well as searches of his computers, phones and internet history. He left no manifesto or suicide note, wasn’t affiliated with a terror group and had no mental-health diagnosisLas Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Paddock’s gambling losses may have been a factor; his bank accounts dwindled from $2.1 million to $530,000 in the two years before the attack. FBI profilers soon will release their own report on Paddock. Russell Palarea of the threat-assessment firm Operational Psychology Services said that in mass shootings when there is no grievance, the motive is often infamy. “Some people kill for notoriety and infamy, and that’s what he did,” said Dr. Palarea. Dr. Meloy, noting that Paddock’s father was declared a psychopath, says that family history may be the key.

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Suits Allege Hotel Negligence in 2017 Las Vegas Mass Shooting

In 2014, a man smuggled six high-powered weapons into the same casino hotel that Stephen Paddock used as a venue for the most deadly mass shooting in US history. Victims argue in lawsuits against the casino owner that the earlier case shows that the hotel did not do enough to prevent guests from bringing in an arsenal.

Three years before Stephen Paddock used a suite at the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas to kill 58 and injure hundreds of other, another man stocked a room there with six high-powered rifles he had brought upstairs in baggage, just like Paddock. The 2014 case involving Kye Aaron Dunbar, which attracted little public attention at the time, is now being raised by lawyers for victims of last year’s massacre who are suing MGM Resorts International, owner of the Mandalay Bay, for negligence. For Paddock’s victims, the Dunbar case shows that the hotel did not do enough to prevent guests from bringing an arsenal of weapons to the hotel, and that the tragedy that unfolded one year ago was foreseeable.

Dunbar never used the firearms at the hotel. But the Las Vegas police, the F.B.I. and the ATF investigated the case after a housekeeper discovered the weapons. Mandalay Bay argues that the Dunbar case is irrelevant to the Paddock attack. The company says it could not have prevented Paddock’s actions. Confronted by lawsuits, MGM has adopted a hardball legal approach to try to block the victims from recovering any money from the company. The cornerstone of MGM’s argument is that a little-known federal law passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks shields companies from liability for casualties from acts of terrorism if they employed antiterrorism technologies and services that carry a special designation from the Department of Homeland Security. Paddock had no known political motive, but MGM argues that the massacre qualifies as an act of terrorism.

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Three Killed, Three Wounded by Shooter Near Baltimore

Snocia Moseley, 26, a temporary employee of a Rite Aide distribution center near Baltimore, opened fire, apparently indiscriminately, killing three and wounding three others before killing herself. Authorities did not immediately find a motive.

A suicidal assailant with a gun opened fire, apparently indiscriminately, at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Md., about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, killing three and wounding three others before killing herself, the Washington Post reports. Snochia Moseley, 26, a temporary Rite Aid employee, used a 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol, authorities said. Moseley, from Baltimore County, “had reported for her workday as usual” Thursday morning, said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. “And around 9 a.m., the shooting began, striking victims both outside the business and inside the facility.”

The three victims who survived were hospitalized with wounds that are not believed to be life-threatening. As for why Moseley opened fire, Gahler said, “We are still trying to work on any kind of motive for it.” Moseley had “two, perhaps three” extra clips of ammunition, Gahler said, adding that the Glock belonged to her and was legally registered. Several Rite Aid employees spoke about Moseley. “Normally, she was a nice person, but she came in in a bad mood,” said one, recounting what other workers told him. They said “she wanted to pick a fight. And then she started shooting.” The Aberdeen attack was the second workplace shooting in the U.S. in a 24-hour span. On Wednesday morning, a 43-year-old man opened fire on fellow employees of a software company in a suburb of Madison, Wi., seriously wounding three people before killing himself. Another victim was grazed by a bullet.

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Man Wounds Four Co-Workers at WI Software Firm

A heavily armed man opened fire inside a software company in Middleton, Wi., on Wednesday, wounding four co-workers before he was shot by police. The Madison man died later at a hospital. Police did not immediately determine the shooter’s motive.

A heavily armed man opened fire inside a software company in Middleton, Wi., on Wednesday, wounding four co-workers before he was shot by police. The Madison man died later at a hospital, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Three of the wounded at WTS Paradigm were taken to the University of Wisconsin hospital trauma center and were in serious condition. Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke said the shooter was armed with a semiautomatic handgun and extra ammunition magazines. Had two Middleton police officers and two Dane County sheriff’s deputies not stormed in to take him down, there could have been much more bloodshed.

“If you’re going to ask me about the motive, I don’t know and I don’t know anything about the background of the suspect,” said Foulke. “He was an employee so it wasn’t unusual for him to be there.” The suspect did not have a criminal record.  The call came in at 10:26 a.m. for an “active shooter.” The first officer arrived three minutes later and by 10:31 a.m. six Middleton police officers were at the building along with sheriff’s deputies. Inside the company’s offices, the suspect shot at police officers, who returned fire. A woman known as NurseKelsey on Twitter sent tweets about her husband, who works at the business. She said he ran out of a conference room when the shooting started. He saw the shooter standing in the middle of the room, and the man who ran out of the room right behind him was shot in the shoulder and abdomen.

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Man in Court on Domestic Violence Charge Opens Fire

Three civilians and a police officer were wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom. The man, who was killed by a police officer, had been due in court on charges related to domestic violence.

Three civilians wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom have been released from a hospital in nearby West Virginia, the Associated Press reports The gunman, Patrick Dowdell, 61, of Masontown, Pa., was shot and killed by a German Township police officer. An officer who was wounded, Masontown police Sgt. R. Scott Miller, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Dowdell entered the lobby in Masontown around 2 p.m. Wednesday with a handgun drawn and opened fire. He had been due in court on charges related to domestic violence. Miller encountered Dowdell and was injured when he exchanged gunfire with the shooter. When Miller took cover, Fayette County prosecutor Richard Bower said, the gunman fired shots injuring the two men and one woman. Dowdell had been arrested Aug. 25 and charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, strangulation, simple assault and harassment. It wasn’t clear whether any of the wounded civilians were connected to that domestic violence case.

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CA Man Kills Five, Then Himself, in Domestic Violence

A man went on a shooting rampage in Bakersfield, Ca., 90 miles north of Los Angeles, on Wednesday evening, killing his wife and four others before turning the gun on himself.

A man went on a shooting rampage in Bakersfield, Ca., 90 miles north of Los Angeles, on Wednesday evening, killing his wife and four others before turning the gun on himself, USA Today reports. Lt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said “there’s a strong indication” it was a case of domestic violence. Gunshots rang out after 5 p.m. when dispatchers received multiple calls about a shooting. Arriving deputies found three victims, but the gunman had fled.

Fifteen minutes later, more calls came in about a shooter in another location. There, two more victims were found — and again the suspect was gone. At 5:49 p.m., a woman said she was a carjacking victim and was able to provide a description of her vehicle. Five minutes later, a deputy saw the vehicle being driven by a man who fit the description of the suspect. Deputies pulled over the car, the suspect got out of the vehicle toting a large-caliber handgun. Before he could be arrested, he turned the gun on himself and pulled the trigger. Among the dead were the suspect’s wife and another woman, King said. Other than the wife, he was unaware of the relationship between the victims and the suspect.

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Ohio Shooter Family Had Begged for Mental Treatment

Family members of the man who killed three and wounded two before being gunned down by Cincinnati police had fought to get him committed to a mental health facility in Florida.

Family members of the man who killed three and wounded two before being gunned down by Cincinnati police Thursday fought to get him committed to a mental health facility, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. mar Santa Perez’s mother and sister argued before Palm Beach County, Fl., judges that at least twice that he was violent and mentally ill. In both instances, a judge required that he be evaluated by mental health professionals. Santa was punching walls, talking to himself, refusing to take medication and frightening his sister and mother in various incidents between 2010 and 2012. Santa was referred by a judge in Broward County to be diverted to a mental health court. People who go into treatment involuntarily typically are prevented from buying a gun legally. It’s unclear whether Santa went into treatment voluntarily or involuntarily.

Cincinnati police say Santa bought his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun legally on Aug. 2, a day after his 29th birthday. There has been no clear motive offered by police for the Cincinnati shooting. Local relatives of Santa were stunned by the news of last week’s shooting. They knew Santa as quiet and believed he was working. Records show Santa displayed a pattern of erratic behavior over the course of several years. The Coconut Creek, Fl., Police Department arrested Santa in 2010 on charges including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence. Santa, who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, had been living in the Cincinnati area since 2015. Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokeswoman Suzanne Dabkowski said each state has a different interpretation of what constitutes involuntary mental commitment that would block a gun purchase. “It gets really hairy,” she said.

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School And Mass Shooting Data Are Wrong

Observations Data on school and mass shootings are often wrong and continue a history of misinformation when it comes to crimes against children. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior […]

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Observations Data on school and mass shootings are often wrong and continue a history of misinformation when it comes to crimes against children. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior […]

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Cincinnati Shooter Had Long Low-Level Offense Record

Omar Santa Perez, 29, died after he killed three people in a Cincinnati office building. He had filed a lawsuit against CNBC and others including allegations that a judge said “borders on delusional.”

Omar Santa Perez walked into the Fifth Third Center in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. He killed three people and wounded two more. Four Cincinnati officers were there quickly, returning fire. Santa Perez, 29, died at the scene. The gun “appears to have been legally purchased,” said Police Chief Eliot Isaac, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Santa Perez’ neighbors saw a man that was becoming increasingly bitter after struggling to keep a job.

In his record is a smattering of low-level offenses, including refusing to leave the premises in Greenville, S.C., and traffic offenses, disorderly conduct, and marjiuana possession in Florida. Santa Perez hopped from job to job. Records show he’s been let go from companies at least twice. Santa Perez filed a lawsuit in 2017 against CNBC Universal Media LLC and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., alleging that the companies uncovered his identity and published private details about his life after extensive investigation of his personal devices. On June 25, federal Magistrate Karen Litkovitz, in her recommendation to dismiss the case, wrote that Santa Perez’s allegations were “rambling, difficult to decipher and borders on delusional.” All of his neighbors agreed that they didn’t anticipate Santa Perez to go on a shooting spree. “I can’t believe he would go do something like that,” said Christina Fischer, “or anybody would do something like that.”

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Four Killed, Others Wounded in Downtown Cincinnati

A gunman opened fire in a downtown Cincinnati office building housing a bank Thursday.  “There’s something deeply sick at work here and we as a country need to work on it,” said Mayor John Cranley.

A gunman opened fire in a downtown Cincinnati office building housing a bank Thursday, killing four people and wounding at least three more before he was fatally shot, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Police Chief Eliot Isaac said that officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but it was not immediately clear if they shot him or he killed himself. No motive for the incident was immediately determined. Isaac said the shooting took place in the loading dock and lobby of Fifth Third Center, a 30-story building. Isaac said three or four police officers engaged the shooter, ending the threat.

A witness heard up to 15 shots fired. Leonard Cain was going back inside the bank when someone alerted him to the shooting. He said a woman was also walking into the bank and people tried to get her attention, but she had headphones on. “She walked in the door and he shot her,” Cain said. The building is located in Fountain Square, a hub for entertainment and dining in the city. “There’s something deeply sick at work here and we as a country need to work on it,” said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

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