ABC News reported that authorities discovered they had received over 200 reports of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s suspicious activity. Those reports all came in the past three years alone.
Authorities have been digging into Paddock’s life, looking at any detail. They are desperately searching for the motive that led to him becoming the deadliest mass shooter in American history before committing suicide.
“They have come across one major thread of suspicious behavior: how he handled his money,” said ABC.
On Monday, the news broke that Paddock had wired $100,000 to someone in the Philippines shortly before the attack. His girlfriend was there at the time of the attack. ABC News says authorities are still trying to determine who received the money.
But that’s far from the first time Paddock has done something suspicious with his money. In the past three years, there have 200 reports of Paddock’s suspicious activity—most of which related to large withdrawals or deposits.
Some of those reports centered around actual "suspicious activity," but the majority were financial notifications to law enforcement. They were what is known as "currency transaction reports.”
Casinos are required to file these with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network when a person withdraws or deposits more than $10,000 in cash. It was obviously very common for Paddock to handle this amount of money.
He brother, Eric Paddock, told AP that Stephen Paddock recently won $40,000 on the slot machine.
"That’s the way he played," said Eric Paddock.
However, it doesn’t seem that financial distress caused the shooting. ABC writes that they found Paddock was a "responsible gambler. He paid his bills, and he came back," said their source. There "no indication of any [financial] stress, any debt, any problems at all."
Sen. Claire McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, also commented on finances as a motive.
”Bottom line, this man was a gambler, but I do not believe there is sufficient evidence to show that he was under stress financially from gambling at the time this incident occurred," she told ABC News.
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