Following the unsealing of documents that indicate Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had help in the deadly shooting that took place on October 1, 2017, Las Vegas Metro Police (LVMPD) have said they would not be releasing information they have withheld, including video of Paddock in the Mandalay Bay Hotel because there is an ongoing investigation and suspects are still being investigated with possible charges to be filed.
In the previous report, we saw that Paddock’s girlfriend, Mari Lou Danley, is still considered a suspect and at least one other person, according to the documents.
On Tuesday, in a district courtroom, this was all confirmed by attornies for LVMPD when questioned by an attorney for several media outlets who wanted information to be released.
LVMPD attorney Nick Crosby told District Court Judge Elissa Cadish that the information simply could not be released at this time due to an investigation that might lead to charges.
“Without naming names, there are potential charges against other people, because of the ongoing investigation?”, District Court Judge Elissa Cadish asked Metro’s Lawyer Nick Crosby.
“Yes there are charges being investigated,” Crosby replied.
And why is this big news? Well, it seems that it is in conflict with what Sheriff Joe Lombardo has told the public. Just days ago, Lombardo issued a statement on Saturday saying:
“The frustrating thing for me as the head of the law enforcement is the keyboard bandits the guys who sit at their couches at their home and Monday morning quarterback everything you do and that are smarter than you. The pressure that we are put under to do the right thing and I believe we did the right thing and I am not hiding anything from anybody. You know what I know. The reason why I say that it is just as important for you to be comfortable living here and have an understanding to prevent another event from taking place, for you to know what exactly happened. So, you know what exactly happened so far. I anticipate a press conference here in about a week to give you more information and to provide the media with more information associated with that event. But there will not be a keystone or an important piece associated with Mr. Paddock and why he did what he did, so it’s important for us to forget that and move on and be resilient.”
Apparently, something is being hidden for sure. That’s why it can’t be released, and if suspects are being investigated, it is quite possible we will discover why he did what he did. It may just well be like the Islamic State said, he was a recent convert to Islam.
Maggie McCletchie, a lawyer for the media outlets said, “Today is the first time we’ve heard there are additional suspects out there, this contradicts what they have been saying, [Sheriff] Lombardo has said there are no other suspects.”
Attorney for victims Craig Island wanted more information on just who was suspect and what they were being investigate for in particular.
“Are they investigating obstruction of justice?” he asked. “Lies to Metro under oath from Mandalay Bay employees? Is it people who sold [Paddock] the guns or ammunition? Or did someone have knowledge of what he was going to do? Now [Metro Police] are just having us speculate more and more and more.”
There were no answers given, but Crosby did say that the investigation should be complete within 60 days so that the information could be released.
As for McCletchie, she claims that over three months have passed and that the public has a right to know what is going on.
“There are important therapeutic effects of getting information out there after a tragedy,” she said. “The public has a right to know and shouldn’t just have to rely on what the sheriff and other law enforcement is saying.”
“The public has a dire need to know what happened on 1 October,” McCletchie said.
The judge was asked by Crosby for a session with her for a private meeting in order to demonstrate his claims. The judge gave him one week to present his case.