More than three months have passed since Stephen Paddock committed the bloodiest mass shooting in American history, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada before taking his own life. Yet incredibly, the American people don’t know much more about why he did it than they did in the atrocity’s immediate aftermath. Now, however, that may be about to change.
The Associated Press reports via the Seattle Times that Nevada state court Judge Richard Scotti has ordered the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to release 911 calls, body camera video, and other types of records to the media.
Advertisement - story continues below
CBS 8 in Las Vegas adds that the information to be released has been deemed no longer necessary to the ongoing investigation, suggesting that not all of the information in authorities’ possession will be available to the public, and that it follows another judge’s ruling last week that the department had to publicly release search warrants in the case. This ruling follows a lawsuit against LVMPD by a number of local and national news entities.
Ever since the October 1 massacre, the department has been stonewalling press requests for the material. But Scotti’s ruling puts a stop to all of that. He also ordered that before doing so, the department redacts potentially identifying information about private citizens, such as names, Social Security numbers, and identifiable faces in video footage.
Ever since the tragedy last fall, many have raised questions as to why investigators have not been more forthcoming with updates on the case and why we still don’t know what Paddock’s motive may have been. Part of the problem is likely that the authorities are overly hesitant to share anything for fear of a repeat of the investigation’s early days in which they were embarrassed by a number of released facts that turned out to be wrong. On the other hand, most people’s refusal to believe that insane and evil people like Paddock really can do such horrible things without a coherent reason is most likely a factor as well. We want to make sense out of things, but far too often tragedy is inherently senseless.
Advertisement - story continues below
[January 19] In a development that could blow the Las Vegas Shooter case wide open, investigators admitted that they are investigating additional suspects who may have been involved.
During a court hearing where the media and victim’s families were demanding more information on the case, police officials said the reason they can’t release any additional information is because “there are still suspects being investigated,” Fox5Vegas reports […]
[January 23] Police looking at the internet history of Paddock’s laptop found in the hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Vegas discovered a Google search that read: “how crowded does Santa Monica Beach get” […]
He made that particular internet search back in May, along with searches for “open air concert venues,” “biggest open air concert venues in USA,” and “summer concerts 2017.”
The details are contained in a police report of the event released last week and reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
On the same day as the San Diego searches he searched Google Maps for locales in Southern California, including hotels in Santa Monica and a Venice Beach gastropub, and places in Boston, including Fenway Park and Boston University Questrom School of Business.
Do you think we’ll ever get the full story? Let us know in the comments below.
Facebook has greatly reduced the distribution of our stories in our readers' newsfeeds and is instead promoting mainstream media sources. When you share to your friends, however, you greatly help distribute our content. Please take a moment and consider sharing this article with your friends and family. Thank you.