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Las Vegas goes Dark to Mark 1 Year of Mandalay Bay Shooting, Motive still Unknown

Tags: Jason Aldean, Mandalay Bay, RIP, shooting, Stephen Paddock.
Posted on 02 October 2018 by "T".

October 1 Monday at 10pm PT marks one year since 58 lives were abruptly taken and hundreds injured during a shooting spree of a man named Stephen Paddock who checked in a room at the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and mercilessly shot people at random while they were at a Route 91 Harvest music festival performance by country artist Jason Aldean.

The Las Vegas Strip casinos' neon lights and the Las Vegas sign went dark for three minutes to commemorate the victims as their names were read out loud at 10:05pm (a style similar since 9/11) at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas.

Until now, the motive to America's deadliest shooting incident in modern history is still unknown.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said they were unable to determine a motive, "What we have been able to answer is the questions of who, what, when, where, and how. What we have not been able to definitively answer is the why Stephen Paddock committed this act."

FBI special agent Aaron Rouse who is in charge of the investigation of the October 1 massacre vowed to find out as to why the 64-year-old Stephen Paddock kept an arsenal of deadly weapons inside his Mandalay Bay suite and opened fire on the crowd at the music festival below. The FBI is still working on it and it is expected to release its own findings before this year's end.

As for MGM Resorts, owner of Mandalay Bay, they opted not to organize any remembrance events that day and so business at the South Strip property went on as usual. The gaming operator has received intense criticism and public acrimony due to its legal decisions that have ended up extending, rather than ameliorating, the pain and anguish of victims and their loved ones.

Several events around Las Vegas were held on Monday in remembrance of the victims and survivors. A total of 58 crosses with the names and pictures of each individual who perished were displayed near the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign approximately half a mile south of Mandalay Bay.

The public, along with Metro Police and the Clark County Fire Department gathered at 6:30 am PT at the county government center for a sunrise commemoration. A tribute service was then held at the Las Vegas Healing Garden at 6:30 pm, before the 10:05 pm name-reading ceremony meant to symbolize the time the victims were shot dead one year ago.

Stephen Paddock's shooting spree started at 10:05 pm and it lasted around 10 minutes before he killed himself in his Mandalay Bay suite.

For those who survived the nightmarish shooting, their suffering continues. Bridge Consulting CEO David Robeck said that many of them are reaching out only now, "We're seeing more people who thought they had it under control, but now realize they need help."

Psychologist Jordan Soper said, "Many people are very resilient and will say, ‘I can do it myself with self-medication and avoidance and distraction.' Over time, those avoidance techniques don't have the same influence,"

The venue of the festival that became a horrendous massacre ground has not been used since the unfortunate incident. MGM Resorts, the owner of the property, did not say if or when it will reopen.



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13 comments on "Las Vegas goes Dark to Mark 1 Year of Mandalay Bay Shooting, Motive still Unknown"

 CALICUL02/10/2018 23:11:23 GMT
A year is very much for FBI to offer the findings of all agents and other normal people or police. They have to check all the details and then to lie in some things, as they have the habit of doing that. The garbage person that killed those people and hurt others, does not deserve his name to be made public, so as not to remain in the memory of all people.This maniac killed many people, but has also destroyed many families. Very sad. Sad
 Mober03/10/2018 09:39:50 GMT
A year has passed from another big tragedy in usa.
Makes you wonder each and every time about their laws about guns,
and what they are doing to control this.
But i think it is easy to understand, that when everybody has access to a gun,
then it is easier for something like this to happen.
 Gerimantas03/10/2018 15:51:20 GMT
Yes very sad situation, do many people kill and not for any good reason, very bad tonage crazy people in life, they can do stupid things and also hurt or kill any otjer people. But this is life and it is real situation, whem you go in street you are not safe
 doubletop77704/10/2018 07:50:08 GMT
I cannot believe that it has been a year since this dreadful incident took place. This guy has destroyed so many lives and , unbelievably, there has been no changes to the gun laws which i find unbelievable
 dule-vu04/10/2018 08:07:07 GMT
This kind of things are normal in america and every few weeks you have some shooting!when you can buy guns like they are gums!so this will not be strange to read news on big event again!but yeah,its over year from this!time fly like crazy!
 Mober04/10/2018 10:17:30 GMT
With all that money the gun makers are making, it is not easy to pass new laws.
You can say that the whole economy of usa is based in arms dealing, either domestically,
or internationally. And to that helps, all the conflicts they are having, all around the world.
 TheMachineQC04/10/2018 11:02:37 GMT
Already a full year since this tragedy happened. It's crazy that this was done with such an inexpensive weapon. They now sell pretty much military grade firearms in stores... I hope they will regulate guns better. Normal people don't need more than a hand gun to defend themselves, this makes no sense. These guns don't even use gunpowder anymore, I believe it's pressure gasses... and there's like no recoil. Making killing a lot of people way too easy.
 bowie198404/10/2018 19:49:44 GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
This maniac killed many people, but has also destroyed many families. Very sad. Sad

Thats why I do not get it why everybody is looking for a motive for this. What could be achieved by finding one? Uncovering one maniacs motive would not change the whole outcome...
 CALICUL06/10/2018 23:15:17 GMT
In this case to finding a reason is for the FBI agents to appear more experts in front of normal people. Then is the press which always forces police representatives or special agents to speak.
They have to write and televisions.
Public opinion counts very much of course because the world wants answers and answers come from FBI. Lies & truth...
 Tony_MON7ANA09/10/2018 16:27:19 GMT
My condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
I consider myself very fortunate to be alive. I did not get shot when I was in the United States. I lived there many years. My city was actually one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
 bowie198415/10/2018 16:53:02 GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
They have to write and televisions.
Public opinion counts very much of course because the world wants answers and answers come from FBI. Lies & truth...

Even if they find something noteworthy I don't think it will help preventing similar events in the future other than if they start to use metal detectors in hotel hallways like at airports, banks and some legal court.
 CALICUL16/10/2018 08:13:18 GMT
Las Vegas casinos have big or great success and the protection of players and other casino workers must be taken seriously by these casino owners. More money for protect is a good decision but they will not do that unless they are forced by law. How this animal could kill so many people and hurt others and not be stopped sooner is bizarre. I do not understand this thing. The guards was disastrous...
 Nightkid03/11/2018 22:27:12 GMT
the truth that crime is deadly everywhere lately ... it is not surprising that this happens in a place as busy as Las Vegas and with so much movement of money, but well I think that almost everywhere is equal. .. I hope some day you can lower a bit the index that there robor or murders around the world Confused Confused Confused

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