As America struggles to understand this week’s massacre in Las Vegas, there are still more questions than answers.
Early on, officials seemed eager to assure people that Stephen Paddock was a “lone wolf” and there was no further danger to the public.
Now, doubt is being cast on that initial story. During a news conference on Wednesday that included the FBI, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo admitted something that many have suspected all along: The shooter probably didn’t act alone.
The top cop agreed with the general assumption that Paddock had “some help at some point,” and spent a significant amount of time living a “secret life” before the now infamous attack.
It looks more and more that meticulous planning went into the incident. Lombardo also hinted that the shooter may have had an escape plan, which again suggests outside help.
“Maybe he was a superhuman who figured this out all on his own but it would be hard for me to believe that,” the veteran law enforcement officer stated, according to the U.K. Daily Express.
“What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,” the sheriff said.
That new information certainly contradicts the narrative that Paddock simply snapped. The evidence now looks like he was involved in long-term planning for years — but who was helping him along the way?
And — if the sheriff is right about Paddock having help — is it possible that the repeated claims about there being more than one shooter may actually have some merit?
Several audio recordings and witness accounts do suggest that gunshots seemed to come from more than one place during the rampage. A caller to the Michael Savage radio show was in the crowd during the attack, and recounted what she remembers hearing.
“There were shots that were higher pitched. There were shots that were lower sounding. And they were going at the same time, and the lower shots were getting closer to us,” stated the caller, identified as “Gail.”
“And I’m thinking, oh my God, somebody’s walking in the crowd, spraying their gun back and forth and shooting people,” she recalled. “It sounded like someone was walking in the crowd from west to east, through the crowd and shooting.”
The caller also told Savage that what she thought were different gun sounds were often simultaneous, possibly suggesting that two weapons were being fired at the same time. More bizarrely, she also described a bullet coming from a different direction from the Mandalay Bay hotel and striking a woman next to her.
To be clear, witnesses in the fog of trauma and chaos can be unreliable, through no fault of their own. Additionally, sound and hearing can do strange things when guns are fired, especially in an urban environment where echoes are likely.
However, when even the chief law enforcement officer is admitting that Paddock likely had help and was planning the incident for years, many questions are raised.
There is more to this terrible incident than what is being reported. Hopefully, the American people will soon know the full truth.
H/T Fox News