Much of the horrifying attack at Las Vegas this past Sunday remains unanswered nearly 5 days later. Motives are still lacking, and questions abound as to how exactly he planned and carried out the attack. One of the looming questions is if he had help with the attack, given the extremely precise nature of it.
That question in particular is becoming more important as the investigation progresses, especially as new information about what was in the hotel room emerges.
NBC News obtained a report revealing that the shooter’s hotel room had phone chargers that do not match any devices Stephen Braddock had in the room. One of the explanations for that could be that a previous customer had left them behind, but what may be even more likely is that he had assistance from at least one other person, if not more.
We reported earlier this week that the Las Vegas Sheriff believes that he acted alone during the attack, but that there may have been assistance in planning it.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said he believes that Paddock was “solely responsible” for the attack, but he may have had help and planned his own escape. Lombardo said that he has seen evidence for both of these theories, but refused to elaborate further and said nobody so far has been able to dismiss the theory.
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“He had to have some help at some point,” Lombardo said. “Maybe he’s a super-guy. … maybe he’s super-yahoo, was working out all this on his own, but it would be hard for me to believe that.”
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However, the report of an unidentified charger, along with several other suspicious activities surrounding the hotel room, are leading investigators to believe that there may legitimately have been at least one other person involved.
As NBC News reports:
The investigators are puzzled by two discoveries: First, a charger was found that does not match any of the cell phones that belonged to Stephen Paddock, the man who killed himself inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after sending a barrage of bullets down on a crowd of 22,000 people below.
And second, garage records show that during a period when Paddock’s car left the hotel garage, one of his key cards was used to get into his room.
Could there be another gunman involved? It’s still not yet clear. If that is the case, it means that a second suspect got away and is on the loose. That’s certainly not an idea that anyone wants to entertain, though.
However, if there is a suspected second shooter, investigators need to get to the bottom of it as fast as possible. What appears to be more possible is that there was someone helping with the pre-planning of the attack, but not actually in the hotel room while the bullets were rained down on the crowd.
With that in mind, conclusions still have yet to be drawn, and a great deal of information is still out of the equation. So we cannot definitively say that there was another gunman, but it’s something that should not be discounted at this point until definitive evidence comes out either proving or disproving that suspicion.