WATCH: Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Breaks Down Stephen Paddock’s Psychological Profile
ABC News reports:
In the months before his deadly rampage, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock was a man “descending into madness,” according to a person briefed on new findings in the investigation.
More details are emerging, investigators say, that suggest Paddock’s mental state was deteriorating before the shooting — significant weight loss, an increasingly slovenly physical appearance and an obsession with his girlfriend’s ex-husband.
Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock was prescribed 50 diazepam tablets in June. A retired FBI profiler, said in an interview that if Paddock’s self-inflicted suicide did not destroy his brain, experts could find some kind of neurological disorder or malformation.
Diazepam is a controlled substance and can cause paranoid or suicidal ideation and impair memory, judgment, and coordination.
FOX News reported:
Stephen Paddock, the gunman who opened fire on a crowd at a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The paper, citing records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program, reported Tuesday that Paddock was prescribed 50, 10-milligram diazepam tablets by a physician on June 21. The brand name of the drug is Valium. The report said the drug could trigger aggressive behavior.
Authorities investigating the mass killing may look to a “psychological autopsy” to try to uncover what led Paddock to open fire into a crowd at a country music concert.
Wynn’s hotel staff were aware of Paddock and his girlfriend’s reputation.
Fox News reports:
“He’s been staying in Las Vegas since ‘06. So you know, we’re talking about 11 years with his girlfriend or at least in recent years, frequent visitor, once or twice a month, to this hotel and others. The most vanilla profile one could possibly imagine. A modest gambler at least by our standards, you know, nothing serious, paid promptly, never owed any money anywhere in Las Vegas. He didn’t fit the profile of a problem or compulsive gambler.”[…]
“This is a man who behaved rationally, privately, a little introverted, liked to play video poker. But he was a rational man. And every historical review of his behavior indicates that he was a rational man; so was his girlfriend. And yet he prepared over an extended period of time, a totally irrational act.
“Now, this sounds like someone either totally demented — a behavior which he never evidenced — or someone who’s sending a message. This is a plan. We don’t know what that message is or if there is one, but this behavior, according to my employees, is as stunning, as unexpected as anybody, any of them have ever met. And that’s the status, you know, that I hear from the sheriff, and watching television that seems to be the moment — the momentary analysis of this situation. I really don’t have anything to add to that.”