More details are emerging, investigators say, that suggest Paddock’s mental state was deteriorating in the weeks before he opened fire into a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas on Sunday — significant weight loss, an increasingly slovenly physical appearance and an obsession with his girlfriend’s ex-husband.
Speculation, but I still lean toward some sort of neurological condition.
ISIS is still claiming the shooter as one of their own. They say the shooter converted to Islam six months ago.
As was the case on Monday, ISIS did not provide evidence for its claim, and authorities in the US have said they have found no connections between the shooter, Stephen Paddock, and international terror groups.
Thursday's newsletter referred to the gunman as "Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki" and included an image of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the hotel from which Paddock fired on 22,000 concertgoers below, drenched in blood.
Despite the Islamic State's absence of evidence to support its claim, the New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi argued in a series of tweets on Thursday that it shouldn't necessarily be discounted outright.