No clear motive found for 2017 Las Vegas massacre: sheriff

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More than 10 months after a gunman opened fire from a hotel window on 22,000 concert-goers, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds of others, police released their final report into the mass shooting.

On Friday, according to the sheriff, police have uncovered no clear motive for the gunman who killed 58 people at outdoor concert in Las Vegas a year ago, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

People comfort each other at a makeshift memorial on October 4, 2017, outside the country music festival site in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo said law enforcement can answer questions as to where, when and how Paddock operated, but had been unable to uncover his exact motive.

The report includes details about Paddock's financial status, noting that it declined before the shooting. He fired more than 1,000 rounds into the crowd gathered to enjoy the Route 91 Harvest country music festival and killed 58 people, injuring some 800 more. During 2017, he paid over $600,000 to casinos and made almost $95,000 in firearms and gun-related purchases. He also said he didn't believe his brother was a "violent person" or abused drugs or alcohol. No other reference to politics is made in the police report. By contrast, that amount dropped to just over $500,000 in September 2017.

The report marking the end of the 10-month investigation concluded that he acted alone.

Las Vegas police on Friday released its final report on the 2017 massacre that took place at a country music festival in downtown Vegas.

Stephen Paddock is followed by a bellman in a hallway, at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.

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Paddock's wealth had diminished substantially in the preceding months, Lombardo said, through gambling losses, purchases of firearms and money given to his girlfriend, but police can't specifically pinpoint when he began plotting the attack.

"The goal of our investigation all along has been to provide the public with the clearest picture possible of the events leading up to" the shooting previous year, "as well as motive", Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Friday. A spokeswoman for the bureau said that report is set to be released later this year. Police said no one was injured and the shot did not hit Paddock.

Officers found several laptops, including at least one that was missing a hard drive, the report said.

Paddock didn't leave a manifesto "or even a note" to answer questions about his motive, however one of the gunman's brothers, Bruce Paddock, told investigators he believed his brother suffered from "mental illness and was paranoid and delusional". This lack of an answer can gnaw at those who survive such violence, said Megan Greene, who survived the Las Vegas attack.

Before releasing the report Friday, the Las Vegas police also released waves of documents, video clips and audio files relating to the shooting in response to a lawsuit filed by media organisations.

"And that is the true mark of a sociopath", said Randy Sutton, a retired lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Police body camera recordings earlier made public showed officers using explosives to blast through the door of a 32nd-floor hotel suite to find Paddock dead on the floor from a self-inflicted gunshot. The FBI said in October that this attack was not related to global terrorism. The company sued hundreds of survivors or families of slain victims, asking federal courts to qualify the shooting as an act of terrorism and declare the company has no liability.

Security camera image released by MGM Resorts shows Stephen Paddock at the VIP counter checking into the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.

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