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Las Vegas officials are urging the public to be patient with them, and let the investigation continue. The crime scene was massive, the connections from the shooter extend internationally, of course this investigation will take some time to get the facts right. However, it doesn’t preclude us in the public from looking at what has been released, and corroborating it with investigation leaks, and trying to piece some of this together ourselves.

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An article appearing on ZeroHedge asked 16 questions that remain unanswered. Some of these questions are somewhat conspiratorial, and some are incredibly reasonable:

#1 Photos of Stephen Paddock’s hotel room have been leaked, and one of those photos appears to show a suicide note. Why hasn’t the public been told what is in that note?

#2 Were there additional shooters? A taxi driver reportedly captured video of an automatic weapon being fired out of a lower level window. A video from another angle and brief footage captured by Dan Bilzerian also seem to confirm that automatic gunfire was coming from a floor much lower than the 32nd floor room that Stephen Paddock was located on. And if you weren’t convinced by the first three videos, this fourth video should definitely do it.

#3 Why were law enforcement authorities discussing “another suspect on the fourth floor”, and why isn’t the mainstream media talking about this?

#4 As Jon Rappoport has pointed out, it would have been impossible for Stephen Paddock to kill and wound 573 people in less than five minutes of shooting with the kinds of weapons that he is alleged to have used. So why won’t law enforcement authorities acknowledge this fact?

#5 How in the world did Paddock get 42 guns and “several thousand rounds of ammo” into his hotel room without anyone noticing?

#6 How did someone with “no military background” and that wasn’t a “gun guy at all” operate such advanced weapons? Because what we are being told by the mainstream media just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. I really like how Natural News made this point…

Far from what the firearms-illiterate media claims, these are not systems that any Joe off the street can just pick up and use to effortlessly mow down 500 people. Running these systems requires extensive training, experience and stamina. It is physically impossible for a guy like Stephen Paddock to operate such a system in the sustained, effective manner that we witnessed, especially when shooting from an elevated position which throws off all the ranging of the weapon system.

Far from being a Navy Seal, Stephen Paddock is a retired accountant senior citizen with a gambling problem and a flabby physique. The only way he could have carried out this shooting is if he were transformed into a human superweapon through a magic wand. I’m calling this “Mission IMPOSSIBLE” because of the physical impossibility of a retired, untrained senior citizen pulling this off.

#7 Why was one woman telling people in the crowd that they were all going to die 45 minutes before the attack?

#8 Why did it take law enforcement authorities 72 minutes to get into Stephen Paddock’s hotel room?

#9 Why did Paddock wire $100,000 to the Philippines last week?

#10 Why was Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, in the Philippines when the attack took place? Did she know what was about to happen?

#11 Was Paddock on antidepressants like so many other mass killers in the past have been?

#12 Why was ISIS so eager to take responsibility for this attack, and why was the FBI so quick to dismiss that connection?

#13 Apparently Paddock had earned millions of dollars “through real estate deals”. If he was so wealthy, why would he all of a sudden snap like that?

#14 Why did he move so frequently? It is being reported that Paddock had 27 different residences during his adult life.

#15 Why were nearly all of the exits out of the concert venue completely blocked?…

#16 Why was a country music festival chosen as the target?

Based on this list, I’m most interested in questions 3, 4, 6, 12, and 13.

On question 3, based on the press briefing last night, it sure sounded like the Sheriff was saying they believe there is at least one other suspect, but they don’t have evidence to prove that yet. Well, they must have at least SOME kind of evidence to make them think that. They might be withholding for fear of pushing this individual underground, we don’t know.

On question 4, we don’t know how many rounds he shot, and maybe he fired off into the hundreds and thousands of rounds using the “bump stock” modification which allowed the weapon to fire faster. I would think that based on analysis of the bullet trajectory it might be possible to determine where most of the shots originated from. This might yield clues as to whether there was more than one shooter.

On question 6, when unloading this many rounds in a closed space like a hotel room without adequate ventilation, the room would become unbearable to be in within minutes due to smoke (hence the fire alarm being set off). Then again, from accounts, the shooting itself lasted 9 minutes so maybe he unloaded what he could, and killed himself when the security guard showed up, and it didn’t become an issue. This is one of those “unknowns” that ties into whether there were more people involved as per question 4.

On question 12, the FBI quickly said he had no ties to terror, but ISIS has claimed him three times. They could be lying, of course, we have no reason to believe them unless they produce evidence. However, last night at the press briefing, the Sheriff said “all possibilities” are still being investigated. Which means, presumably, they’re still investigating possible ties to terrorism? It’s just interesting they shot it down quickly, but still appear to be investigating it. Furthermore, they have not shot down other things as quickly as that, so we just have to wait for more details. What’s more, the Sheriff mentioned the possibility of radicalization yesterday. What kind of radicalization? We don’t yet know.

Finally, on question 13, was he really as wealthy as is claimed? We don’t know that yet either. He wired $100k to his girlfriend in the Philippines. But he was allegedly a multi-millionaire. Why only wire $100,000? Why not $500,000? Or much more so that his girlfriend and family is set for life? Clearly he had money, being a high-roller, but what else is lurking in his financials? Perhaps this ties into him thinking he was going to escape, so he’d still need money to function after escaping? Don’t know, but the money trail is often revealing.

I’m sure you all have other theories and or questions, leave them in the comments below and tell me what you’re thinking.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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