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The dealer did not have the quantity Paddock wanted, so Paddock did not end up buying anything from him, they said. The dealer told law enforcement that Paddock was neatly dressed and polite, and did not say anything that would raise a red flag. He gave the dealer the impression that he wanted the tracer rounds for recreational use with friends.
Law enforcement learned of the encounter because Paddock had an ammunition box bearing the dealer’s name.
Law enforcement are also examining Paddock’s finances. IRS records show that Paddock was a successful gambler, earning at least $5 million in 2015. Some of that could be from other investments, but most of it was from gambling, officials say.
McMahill said investigators have not found any connection between Paddock and ISIS, the terror group that claimed responsibility for the attack, a claim it made without offering any proof. The terror group’s claim has been
Investigators have not determined a motive, he said, and have been looking at “everything” including Paddock’s personal life, finances, or any political affiliations in searching for a motive behind the attack.
“We have been down each and every single one of these paths, trying to determine ‘why,'” McMahill said, adding that the investigation will continue and would focus on facts and not rumors or assumptions.
“In the past, terror attacks or mass murder incidents — motive was made very clear. Very clear in most of those cases by a note that was left, by a social media post, by a telephone call that was made, by investigators mining computer data,” McMahill said.
“Today, in our investigation, we don’t have any of that uncovered,” McMahill said. “I wish we did.”