Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Breaking

Las Vegas shooter’s laptop missing its hard drive

Latest news

    A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned.

    Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself, and the missing device has not yet been recovered, sources told ABC News.

    Investigators digging into Paddock’s background also learned he purchased software designed to erase files from a hard drive, but without the hard drive to examine it is impossible to know if he ever used the software, one source said.

    The absence of substantial digital clues has left investigators struggling to piece together what triggered Paddock to kill 58 innocent concertgoers and injure more than 500 others on Oct. 1.

    Authorities are examining every aspect of Paddock’s life — from his family, friends and associates to his travel patterns, health and finances. So far, a motive has been elusive to investigators.

    The frequent gambler, described as a loner, spent months amassing his arsenal, staying under the radar with no one suspecting he would turn to extreme violence.

    His finances did not appear to be a problem and Paddock had settled any debts he had with casinos shortly before the attack, a source said.

    Other mass shooters in the United States have left behind writings or manifestos explaining their actions — however deranged those explanations may have been.

    Paddock, however, left behind no such writings or evidence.

    He is not the first mass shooter to destroy or hide digital clues.

    In 2007, Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung Hui removed the hard drive of his computer and disposed of his cell phone shortly before the massacre. Authorities even searched a pond for the missing digital media, but the devices were never recovered.

    The 2008 Northern Illinois shooter, Steven Kazmierczak, removed the SIM card from his phone and the hard drive from his laptop, and neither was recovered.

    In 2012, Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza had removed the hard drive from his computer and smashed it with a hammer or screwdriver.

    View the original article: http://abcnews.go.com/US/las-vegas-shooters-laptop-missing-hard-drive/story?id=50709285

    Original story is here : http://abcnews.go.com/US/las-vegas-shooters-laptop-missing-hard-drive/story?id=50709285

    In the same category are

    US Army’s top engineer ‘not satisfied’ with Puerto Rico’s post-Maria recovery It's been 150 days since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, but the island still isn't at a level of recovery that satisfies the U.S. Army’s to...
    Attorney general in hot seat again after new Trump tweet President Donald Trump is once again going after Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter, demanding to know why the Justice Department has not done ...
    FCC expected to repeal net neutrality rules on Thursday The Federal Communication Commission could officially repeal the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules by publishing the order to the National Register on ...
    Superintendent vows to suspend students who walk out to protest guns A school superintendent near Houston said his district plans to suspend any student who takes part in classroom walkouts as a form of protest over gun...
    Florida student mistaken for gunman: ‘I knew any move I made’ would end ‘my life’ As gunshots and screams echoed through his school, Lorenzo Prado said he locked himself in the sound booth at the auditorium at Marjory Stoneman Dougl...
    School shooting suspect could lose public defender after reports of $800K inheritance Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz may have been left a large inheritance by his late parents, meaning he could potentially afford to hire p...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *