Steven Paddock busted out a few windows on the 32nd Floor of the Mandalay Bay resort and then rained rifle fire down into a crowd of 22,000 country music fans.
This is the largest mass shooting in US history, with 58 dead and 500 injured at this time.
The big question is why? Why did he do this?
What could possibly inspire someone to shoot up a random crowd of innocent people?
So far there has been no information released that would help us determine a motive. Any statements about his motives have been purely speculation. Both the Left and the Right have claimed that he was a supporter of the other side. ISIS has claimed him as one of their own.
Everywhere you look people are claiming they know his motivation.
Except for the shooter himself. So far there as been no manifesto released. No claim of why he committed this heinous act.
This seems unusual, to say the least. The entire point of a spectacular terrorist attack is to raise awareness and create terror. If this attack was motivated by some political or religious cause it doesn't fit the pattern to keep quiet about why you are attacking.
It seems unlikely that this was a crime of passion. This attack required days or perhaps weeks of planning. He was able to get 20+ firearms and ammunition into a hotel suite overlooking the event venue. This was not an impulse crime.
Was he a recent convert to Islam, as ISIS has claimed? Then why would there be no evidence of this?
Was he simply a nut case that snapped? This doesn't seem to fit the pattern of the mental illnesses that would produce such a break. Paranoia and schizophrenia typically manifest in the early 20's like Jared Loughner, not in the mid-sixties like the shooter.
According to the reports so far, this shooter doesn't fit any of the known patterns.
It makes no sense that there is no manifesto, and the lack of clear motive will only feed the conspiracy nut jobs and the 'false flag, CIA, FBI space aliens' nonsense.
Hopefully we can find some evidence that helps us see into the twisted mind of the perpetrator so that we may have a more rational and focused conversation on how to prevent such attacks in the future.