Federal investigators have released new details describing the final days and months of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, as reported by ABC News.
Authorities say they have evidence that points to Paddock’s deteriorating mental state. This includes reports of “significant weight loss, an increasingly slovenly physical appearance and an obsession with his girlfriend’s ex-husband.”
An unnamed source who has been briefed on the investigation told reporters that these details come together to paint a picture of a man “descending into madness.”
Additionally, the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently reported that 64-year-old Paddock was prescribed an anti-anxiety medication in June of this year. Records obtained from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program show that Paddock was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam, commonly known as valium, tablets by a physician by the name of Steven Winkler in June. But a representative at Winkler’s office could neither confirm or deny that the Las Vegas shooter was ever a patient, according to the report.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal went on to explain a possible link between anti-anxiety medication drugs and aggressive behavior.
“If somebody has an underlying aggression problem and you sedate them with that drug, they can become aggressive,” said Dr. Mel Pohl, chief medical officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center told the paper. “It can disinhibit an underlying emotional state.”
“It is much like what happens when you give alcohol to some people … they become aggressive instead of going to sleep.”
It has also been reported that Paddock used his final days to set up cameras around his hotel room, send $100,000 to his girlfriend in the Philippines and stockpile an arsenal of weapons, as previously noted by CrimeOnline.
Authorities continue to look for motive as to why Stephen Paddock killed 59 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.