LAS VEGAS (AP/KTNV) — The FBI has concluded its investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history without determining a motive.
The FBI makes the conclusion in a report given to The Associated Press on Tuesday. After nearly 16 months, the agency says it can't determine why gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured nearly 900 others in October 2017.
Aaron Rouse is the special agent in charge of the FBI's Las Vegas office. He says Paddock acted alone when he planned and carried out the attack. The 64-year-old fatally shot himself after opening fire from his hotel suite.
Rouse says the reason for Paddock's rampage remains a mystery after months of study by agents and behavioral specialists. However, they did release 10 key findings or things they believe may have contributed to Paddock's actions.
Las Vegas police closed their investigation in August, also without a motive.
13 Action News spoke with a local survivor, who says this report did not give the closure she, and other survivors were hoping for.
"This is a verdict, this is a statement that says we’re done our hands are tied, we’re not going to spend any more hours on this," says Li'Shey Johnson.
The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is still open for survivors and the families of victims who need help.
Terri Kenner, behavior health coordinator for the center, is helping those along their road to recovery.
She says closure is possible, despite an unknown motive.
“It’s unique for everyone and there needs are unique and they can find ways to move forward and find another purpose and find a way to move on and heal.”
You can reach the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center at (702) 455-2433. You can also visit their website.