We’re still struggling to comprehend the actions of Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas last week and investigators are trying to figure out what motivated him to commit one of the biggest atrocities in American history. without coming up with much luck.
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One factor that people surmised may have been a clue as to his motivations was the note that was photographed at the scene of the crime. Some thought that it may have been a suicide note that Paddock left explaining his actions, but one of the officers that stormed the hotel room has now revealed hat was written on it. David Newton said the following:
I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was going to be for the crowd. So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there.
He must have done the calculations online or something, to figure out what his altitude was going to be, and how high up he was — how far out the crowd was going to be, and what — at that distance — and what the drop of his bullet was going to be.
He hadn’t written out the calculations — all he had was written out [was] the final numbers that were on the sheet.
Sounds cold, well planned out and determined, which makes Paddock’s actions all the more confusing as nobody seems to have any clue what could have inspired him to carry out this attack. It seems like he was serious about making an impact if he took his time to figure all that out though, which makes the whole thing even creepier if that’s possible.
The full interview with Newton is going to be shown in a CBS 60 minutes special on Sunday, but I doubt that’s going to reveal anything else. We might never know to be honest.
For more on the Las Vegas shooting, check out these photographs from inside the room. Chilling.