By Rita Lin
On Sunday, October 1st at a concert in Las Vegas a man by the name Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of innocent people from one of the top floors of a hotel. When police arrived to where the the man opened fire, it was locked; once opened they found him dead on the floor. Paddock had committed suicide. This massacre evoked curiosity in many people: Who is this man? Why did he open fire? Why did he take so many lives? Police can’t find the answers from Paddock because he is now dead, but they have initiated a series of investigations to put together the puzzle pieces of the motives and background of this man, Stephen Paddock.
Paddock was born into poverty by a father who was a bank robber and a mother who was a secretary. He became the oldest of three brothers and lived a very private and strenuous life. Throughout Paddock’s childhood, he never had a father and was bereft of a complete family, but he constantly tried to earn money to allow his family to live a affluent life. He worked many shifts at the airport and simultaneously attended school. He also rented out apartments to people and became a landlord.
However, as the years went by, his behavior and personality grew more and more eccentric toward everyone who knew him. He constantly stayed in the casinos in Las Vegas and usually spent hours there, and, for several years, that was his life. He eventually became addicted and couldn't stay away from the casinos.
Paddock also had many strange hobbies like collecting and buying guns. His friends and neighbors had seen a change as the years went by, as Paddock slowly became mentally and physically ill. They felt that the pressure upon his shoulders to care for his family was augmenting and becoming to much to hold. Many people say that this was the reason he opened fire on the crowd of people - not because of financial reasons, but of mental and physical reasons.
Paddock was a seemingly ordinary man whose fate was to endure the pressure and responsibility of his family. But were there other reasons as to why he opened fire at the concert? Police are still investigating, and, hopefully soon, they will uncover his Paddock’s motive and there will be some closure for the families who mourn the loss of their innocent loved ones.
Sabrina Tavernise, Serge F. Kovaleski And Julie Turkewitz. “Who Was Stephen Paddock? The Mystery of a Nondescript ‘Numbers Guy.’” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 Oct. 2017,www.nytimes.com/2017/10/07/us/stephen-paddock-vegas.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news.
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