Las Vegas mass shooter who fired onto country music festival angry with casinos, new FBI documents reveal

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2017 Alleged gunman in Las Vegas – in what was considered the deadliest in recent US history – was furious with casinos, according to recently released FBI documents.

October 1, 2017, FBI confirms Stephen Paddock began opening fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Vegas, Nevada, For patrons attending the 91st Country Music Festival next door. In all, 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured.

Authorities said Paddock quickly pointed the gun at himself. His brain material was sent to Stanford for testing, and he was reportedly cremated.

In hundreds of pages of documents released online this week, the FBI noted how Paddock was a prolific video poker player who visited Tropicana Las Vegas on average once every three months. He usually visits during the week because he thinks tourists feed the machines on weekends. During one stay between September 12th and 14th, 2017, he lost $38,000.

peer a gambler told the FBI that Paddock “was very upset with the way the casinos treated him and other high-profile players,” according to released documents. The interviewee expressed that he was “personally upset and stressed about the treatment he and other top players have received in recent years, and believes the stress could have easily caused Paddock to ‘surprise'”.

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Personal belongings are seen on the grounds at the site of the Route 91 Harvest Festival following the mass shooting on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas.  New FBI documents reveal that Stephen Paddock was angry with casinos.

Personal belongings are seen on the grounds at the site of the Route 91 Harvest Festival following the mass shooting on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas. New FBI documents reveal that Stephen Paddock was angry with casinos. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

A fellow gambler, whose name has been removed from the documents, also told investigators he believed the Mandalay Bay Hotel was not treating Paddock well “because a player of his stature should have been on a higher floor in the penthouse suite.”

FBI documents indicate that Paddock had between $2 million and $3 million in net worth and frequented the Atlantis, Peppermill, and Tamaric Junction casinos in Reno, Nevada, before he was banned from all three, as were other big players. To win large amounts of money.

In previous years, casinos frequently dealt with high-profile players for free cruises, flights, penthouse suites, wine country tours and nice cars, FBI documents indicate, but casinos changed their approach about three years ago and began banning high-profile players from certain events and hotels. And sometimes some casinos.

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A temporary memorial along the Las Vegas Strip for the victims of the mass shootings killed at a country music festival.  Newly released FBI documents add context about the shooter's alleged gambling history.

A temporary memorial along the Las Vegas Strip for the victims of the mass shootings killed at a country music festival. Newly released FBI documents add context about the shooter’s alleged gambling history. (Bilgin S. Sams/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A fellow gambler told investigators that Paddock “never showed any signs of extreme behavior and never expressed an interest in firearms.” The FBI noted that Paddock “was very intelligent and like all professional gamblers kept a lot” and played for hours on end.

Before gambling became his main source of income, the FBI points out how Paddock made money from the administration. Residential complexes in Los Angeles and Texas and worked for the US Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service. He also briefly served as a security guard at a California apartment complex and film production company.

Another interviewee noted that Paddock “wasn’t a political person and never discussed politics.”

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the newly released documents Thursday, noting that the newspaper had filed a public records request.

Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Hotel in Las Vegas, killing and injuring those present below.  And FBI documents say Paddock may have been angry with the casinos.

Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Hotel in Las Vegas, killing and injuring those present below. And FBI documents say Paddock may have been angry with the casinos. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2019, the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit released a report saying this investigation for a year, The committee found “no single obvious motivating factor” for why Paddock opened fire on the country music festival. There was no indication that Paddock was motivated by a complaint against “any particular casino, hotel or establishment in Las Vegas,” the report said.

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A 2019 report added that Paddock wanted to kill himself and sought infamy by killing others.

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