After months of speculation and confusion surrounding Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas rampage, law enforcement has maintained that the mass shooting was the work of a “lone gunman,” however recent court revelations show investigators are considering filing charges against “other suspects.”
Inside a Las Vegas courtroom this week, attorneys argued that federal investigators and local police should release more detailed information regarding the mass shooting; saying that victims and family members have a right to know the ongoing facts surrounding the case.
In a shocking revelation, Metro Police admitted that they’re unable to release further details because “there are still suspects being investigated,” reports Fox 5 Las Vegas.
“Without naming names, there are potential charges against other people, because of the ongoing investigation?” asked the judge presiding over the case.
“Yes, there are charges being investigated,” said a lawyer for the Metro Police Department.
“Are they investigating obstruction of justice? Lies to Metro under oath from Mandalay Bay employees? Is it people who sold [Paddock] the guns or ammunition? Or did someone have knowledge of what he was going to do? Now [Metro Police] are just having us speculate more and more and more,” said an attorney for one of the victims.
Investigators in charge of the probe have been tight-lipped for months, releasing few details and no security footage of Stephen Paddock before, during, or after his deadly assault. The attack, which took the lives of 58 people at a country music festival on the famed Las Vegas strip, is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
VEGAS MYSTERY DEEPENS: Gunman's Hard Drive VANISHES from Crime Scene
A laptop recovered from the 32nd story hotel suite where Stephen Paddock launched his deadly assault in Las Vegas had its hard drive intentionally removed prior to the shooting; further clouding the gunman’s motives and raising new questions over why he intentionally covered his tracks.
According to ABC News, Paddock intentionally removed the hard disk before SWAT officers stormed his hotel room, but the drive’s location remains a mystery and has not yet been recovered.
The disk may provide insight into why Paddock launched his rampage and how he avoided detection.
Federal investigators also believe Paddock purchased forensic software that allows individuals to permanently delete records and files from a personal computer, again signaling the gunman intended to conceal his motives from investigators.
The Las Vegas Police Department and the FBI are struggling to come to grips with the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Mass shooters commonly leave behind manifestos, writings, or digital footprints that shed light on their atrocities.
So far, little is known over why Stephen Paddock, a former accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, went on his murderous rampage that left 58 people dead and over 500 injured.