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Police release final official report on Las Vegas massacre: Killer acted alone, no motive found

People comfort each other at a makeshift memorial on Oct. 4, 2017, outside the country music festival site in Las Vegas. On Friday, Las Vegas police released its final report from its investigation into the massacre that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Las Vegas police on Friday released its final report on the 2017 massacre that took place at a country music festival in downtown Vegas. While they still have not been able to identify a motive, authorities said that they were confident that the killer had acted alone.

What are the details?

On Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock murdered 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he used a room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel as a vantage point to fire indiscriminately on attendees at a nearby country music festival.

When police finally managed to breach his hotel room, they found him dead inside from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A May 18 release of documents from the police investigation suggested that Paddock was an anti-government conspiracy theorist. However, this was not cited as a possible reason behind the attack in Friday's news conference.

Since then, the police have released 13 separate batches of documents related to the investigation, as well as eye witness statements, video, police reports, and audio of 911 calls.

Did the sheriff reveal any new information?

On Friday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo revealed that in the nearly 10-month-long investigation, authorities had not found any evidence that there was a conspiracy or a second person involved. The FBI said in October that this attack was not related to international terrorism.

Paddock was also believed to be reclusive and had lost more than $1 million gambling in the year before the massacre.

Other than that, the news conference revealed very little new information. Lombardo said that authorities were unable to “definitively” determine any motive for the attack and may never be able to do so. Lombardo said that Paddock had not left a manifesto “or even a note.”

“Today it is still incredibly difficult to try to comprehend this senseless act of violence,” Lombardo said.

The police investigation is now complete.

Lombardo called the killer “an unremarkable man.” The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit will release a full psychological profile of him at some point later this year.

(Content warning: This report contains a graphic photo of the killer's dead body):

One last thing…
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