FBI, Leila Fadel, Las Vegas discussed on All Things Considered


Back in October two thousand seventeen that's when Stephen paddock killed fifty eight people nearly nine hundred others were injured in the melee. Paddock then shot and killed himself was the single deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The FBI could not find any clear motive NPR's Leila Fadel joins us now from Las Vegas and Layla. First of all tell us a little more about the FBI's probe into this. So the FBI shared its key findings from this report from the behavioral analysis unit and experts spent nearly a year pouring over information and evidence, and they still couldn't find a single clear motive shooter wasn't driven by a religious, social political agenda. He acted alone. They didn't find a manifesto a suicide note of video or really anything to explain why he did this. But the. The report also said that often shooters don't have any singular big motive behind these really senseless acts of violence is often a combination of things like in this case. The report found that the shooter was at least in part driven by the desire to die by suicide. And remember he did kill himself at the end of this horrific shooting, and he wanted to be infamous now, what makes the FBI think that he wanted to die. Well, the reports findings depicted man whose physical and mental health were declining. He wasn't a healthy sixty four year old. And apparently, he was making plans that you make at the end of your life, and he wanted to take control of of how he died, and he might have also been inspired by his father who was a Bank robber and fugitive and was on the FBI's top ten most wanted list in nineteen sixty eight this was also very carefully planned the shooter stockpile of weapons and ammunition ammunition, and he went on this year long buying spree at forty seven firearms the day, he opened fire on these people. And he was researching police tactics and response ballistics, and he was going to different sites to figure out where he could inflict the most damage on a lot of people, but he didn't have a particular grudge against the people he shot or the hotel. He chose to do it from. He just wanted to hurt people. And the FBI report found that the shooter didn't have much empathy that he that he saw people through this transactional lens and so- hurting people that were just out having fun matched his personality. So many people were affected by this. What are survivor saying today? Yeah, I spoke with Mendez Smith, and and her sister was shot and killed and her name was Nisha Tong. She was a single mother of three boys. Those boys now being raised by their grandparents here in Las Vegas. And she said she'd rather that the shooter take the reasons he did this to his grave, and he'd be alive. Honestly to not have the answers in exchange for not having to deal with him. I'm okay with that. You know, I truly believe that if he had lived he. He would have just made my parents life miserable. Keeping we would have been caught up in in trials and having to listen to things that he would say the Las Vegas police closed their investigation over the summer also found no motive, no why. So no one's looking into that anymore and a lot a lot of people really do want to know why? But for others, this aftermath has been just traumatizing and emotionally exhausting. And that they're the last thing they're thinking about is the motive that's NPR's. Leila fadel. Thank you. Thank you for having me..

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