President Trump flew into Las Vegas yesterday from Puerto Rico to meet with the first responders and victims, along with their families. He met with Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo who is leading the investigation and providing updates. Over 100 investigators are involved in the case and are working hard to figure out why and how the shooting happened.
Police now think the domestic terrorist planned to escape before deciding at the last minute to leave behind a handwritten note before killing himself. Police are finding it hard to learn about his personal life because he tried to keep it a secret. Investigators are assuming for the moment that he had help in planning the attack. He spent decades acquiring guns and ammunition. The killer was divorced twice, liked to gamble and previously worked for the U.S. Post Office and the IRS. Although he was not wanted by police, he did have a father that was once on the FBI’s Most Wanted list in the late 60s and early 70s. He was a serial bank robber who once escaped a federal prison in 1968. He died three years ago.
His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, says she has no idea how he carried out the attack. When she was told to travel to the Philippines and he wired her $100,000 to buy a house there, she was worried that they were breaking up. She says she will “cooperate fully” with the investigation. There has been no link to any terrorist organization inside or outside of the United States, though police are still investigating that as a possibility.
The situation is sparking a huge debate on gun control. Democrats are calling for a stronger response by Congress, who for years, have been resistant to strict gun laws. However, Republicans seem open to banning “bump stocks”; an accessory you can attach to a semi-automatic weapon to make it fire bullets faster, like automatic weapons do. We will keep you updated on the investigation and on any new legislation being proposed.