Reports on Stephen Paddock are painting a picture of a man who was an avid gambler and, as investigators have now learned, took 20 cruises to countries in Europe and the Middle East.
The cruises included stops at ports in Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, according to information provided by a law enforcement source who asked not to be identified because the source was not authorized to share information about the investigation. Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, accompanied him on nine of the cruises.
The information provided by the source did not specify the cruise line involved, the type of cruises, when they occurred or the couple’s reason for travel. Most cruise ships have casinos on board, and Paddock was an avid gambler.
The news comes as the Islamic State has continued to claim a connection to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history as Paddock opened fire on concert goers from his Mandalay Bay Hotel room, killing 58 people and injuring another 500 before taking his own life.
The Islamic terrorist group declared that Paddock was “a soldier of the Islamic State” through their Amaq news agency Monday and, on Thursday, doubled down on that claim in their newsletter.
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 5, 2017
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) October 5, 2017
Investigators have found no evidence to support the claims by ISIS, however. Nor have they been able to confirm that a cache of explosives found in Paddock’s car could have been planned to make a bomb.
As reported earlier by BPR, Paddock’s car, which was found in the hotel’s parking garage, contained hundreds of rounds of ammunition, several pounds of ammonium nitrate as well as 50 pounds of a compound known as Tannerite, often used to form homemade exploding targets.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 7, 2017
Disturbingly, Tannerite residue was found at the scene of the September 2016 terror bombing in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood which injured 31 people, according to reports. An Afghan immigrant was charged with federal terrorism and weapons offenses in connection with that attack.
Investigators continue to put the pieces together in an attempt to find the motive behind the mass shooter’s well-planned attack. New reports revealed that investigators were also looking into the possibility that another person had entered Paddock’s hotel suite.
NBC News reported:
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Friday in an interview that police don’t believe anyone entered the room at Mandalay Bay prior to the shooting carried out by Stephen Paddock Sunday night.
Earlier, senior law enforcement sources said investigators were puzzled by a charger that did not appear to match any of Paddock’s cellphones. Police have now been able to match all of the cell phone chargers found in the room with multiple cell phones that Paddock had with him.
“He was the only shooter; I’m very confident of that,” McMahill said. “I’m also confident that there were no other people in the room leading up to this event.”
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