The chief of the FBI’s Las Vegas office has revealed that the agency is unlikely to brief the public on the recent mass shooting until their report is released – sometime before the first anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017, tragedy that left 58 people dead.
“Now that’s a long time for some people, but speaking for the FBI, that’s light speed, all right?” Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday.
According to Rouse, reports from other agencies investigating the mass shooting will be released at different times, but the FBI’s report focuses on “the why” which is “what everybody wants to know.”
Rouse said the agency has interviewed more than 400 people, who had a connection to gunman Stephen Paddock, worldwide.
“As I sit here today, I believe that we are learning as much as we possibly can about why the subject did what they did,” Rouse said, noting that investigators and “various psychological and sociological” experts are working on the case.
Rouse revealed that Paddock’s motivation has not been linked to any group affiliation or ideology, and evidence still suggests that he had no co-conspirators.
When the FBI finally releases its report, Rouse said, “We’re going to have, I think, the best digital schematic of what happened, and where it happened, and how it happened that you can come up with.”
As evidence, FBI investigators have 22,000 hours of surveillance and cellphone footage and 250,000 photos to review.
“We didn’t leave anything uncovered,” said Rouse. “And again, the casinos, with their support, let us track down a lot of information of who may have had contact with that person. And it was very helpful to us.”
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