Las Vegas authorities have confirmed in a 60 Minutes interview that a cryptic note was discovered in gunman Stephen Paddock’s room in the Mandalay Bay hotel. The note is just one piece of evidence in a continued effort to determine the shooter’s motive for killing 58 people and wounding 500 others at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
According to CBC News, three police officers told correspondent Bill Whitaker a handwritten note by the gunman was found with calculations on where to aim to maximize his accuracy and kill as many victims as possible. The officers, who were first to discover Paddock’s body, stated the note was located near one of the windows that had been smashed by the gunman to fire onto the crowd.
“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,” Officer David Newton of the Las Vegas Police Department stated. “He had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there.”
Undersheriff McMahill of the Metropolitan Las Vegas Police Department confirmed in a press conference over 1000 leads have been “run down” in the investigation of the music festival mass murder. In the press conference, McMahill explained that although they’ve created a better profile of the shooter, they have yet to discover his motive.
In their quest to determine why, McMahill said they “will continue to investigate each and every one of these areas, as well as all the tips and leads that continue to come in.” The Undersheriff stated there is no proof connecting the attack to ISIS, who has repeatedly claimed responsibility for the shooting.
McMahill said the police department is confident there was only one shooter in the room, and denied any knowledge of an accomplice. “In the past, terror attacks or mass murder motive was made very clear by a note that was left, by a social media post, by a telephone call that was made, by investigators mining computer data,” Undersheriff McMahill explained.
“Today, in our investigation we don’t have any of that uncovered,” said McMahill. “I wish we did.”
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