Last Sunday, a country concert turned into the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of over 20,000 people. The attack took place at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot down at the concert goers from his 32nd-floor room at the nearby Mandalay hotel. He shot and killed at least 58 people and injured at least 500 more.
Since the attack, police have been attempting to find the motive of the shooter. Since Paddock reportedly shot and killed himself when the SWAT team got to his hotel room and left no note, they have been calling the attack a “lone wolf” incident.
Several ideas have emerged about the killer and about why he would have performed this deadly attack. The number of guns in his possession and the amount of preparation that would have been necessary give investigators the reason to believe that it was a premeditated attack.
Now, CNN has obtained a 97-page court deposition about Paddock. In 2013, the gunman was a part of a civil lawsuit after he slipped and fell in a walkway at the Cosmopolitan Hotel a couple of years prior.
The document was turned over to the FBI, and the details reveal some of Paddock’s strange life habits. CNN outlined a few of them, including his nocturnal habits and odd hobbies.
In his testimony, Paddock said that he had no mental health issues, no history of addiction, and no criminal record. He did say, however, that he had a doctor “on retainer” for his anxiety. He was prescribed Valium but said that he did not take the pills often. Possible side effects of the medication include rage, aggressiveness, and irritability.
Paddock described himself as someone who was always on the move. He said that he would split his time between several states and would stay in casinos often. He said that he would stay in these hotels for free “95% of the time,” because he was a big gambler.
The gunman said that he would often head to the casinos wearing sweatpants and flip-flops, holding a drink from his hotel room so that he would not have to tip waitresses. He said that he would gamble up to a million dollars on any given night. When asked about why he would gamble away “a lot of money,” Paddock sarcastically said that “it’s not [a lot].”
Paddock said that he would sleep during the day and stay up all night gambling. He also described himself as the “biggest video poker player in the world.” He said that he rarely went outside, as he did “not do sun.”
Part of the transcript indicated that Paddock came across as arrogant and sarcastic. He would not say where the source of his wealth was from and described himself as a “happy-go-lucky” person. He also said that he was usually completely sober while gambling.
There was no discussion of guns in the testimonial, beyond the fact that he held a concealed weapons license in Texas.
While the testimonial still does not give concrete facts about why Paddock would have gone through with the Las Vegas attack, it is the first record of his own words about his habits and behaviors.
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