October 6, 2017 During a press briefing Friday afternoon, the FBI announced the launch of a new public awareness campaign encouraging anyone with information about the Las Vegas shooting rampage that left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured to please contact police.
FBI special agent in charge Aaron Rouse told reporters Friday in Las Vegas the campaign will include billboards featuring the slogan “If you know something, say something” followed by an FBI contact number. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters Friday that much information about the shooter, including motive remain unknown.
Two key pieces of evidence found im the Mandalay Bay Hotel suite indicate Stephen Paddock may not have acted alone. Investigators say a cell phone charger discovered in the hotel suite does not match any of the devices that belonged to him. Hotel records show that one of the key cards assigned to Paddock’s room was used to access his room while his car was not in the hotel’s parking garage.
Law enforcement officials in Las Vegas admit it is very unusual at this point in the investigation to have so little information about the shooter’s motive, such as a political or religious ideology behind an attack. Most terrorists, organizations, whether international or domestic carry out attacks to make a statement. Lone wolf attackers with no formal affiliation to a group will pledge allegiance to a group or leave behind a manifesto.
Authorities believe Paddock planned to escape and carry out further attacks based on surveillance cameras inside and outside the hotel suite. A search of Paddock’s vehicle located in the hotel parking garage turned up up a substancial amount of bomb making material.
Despite repeated claims of responsibility by the Islamic State or ISIS, police maintain there is no solid evidence linking Stephen Paddock to the terrorist group.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."