“MADNESS”: New Details About Las Vegas Shooter’s Deteriorating Mental State Emerge
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s mental health was in steady decline leading up to the massacre which killed nearly 60 people and injured over 500.
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.
Authorities are hoping to learn further details about what could have driven Paddock to open fire into a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas on Sunday when they speak with his longtime girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who arrived in Los Angeles from the Philippines on Tuesday night.
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.