Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says the man behind the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history may have had help.
“Do you think this was all accomplished on his own?’ he asked Wednesday while discussing gunman Stephen Paddock, according to The Guardian.
“You’ve got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point,” Lombardo noted during a press conference on last Sunday’s bloodshed.
Lombardo added that it was possible Paddock, 64, was a “super guy” who was “working out all of this on his own.”
“It would be hard for me to believe that,” he said, also revealing that investigators are pressing to find others who may have been involved.
Some Twitter users on Thursday speculated about whether Paddock had assistance when he recently opened fire on an outdoor concert.
LAS VEGAS-MANDALAY BAY HOTEL- DID A PAST HOTEL EMPLOYEE, FROM THIS HOTEL OR ANOTHER, HELP THE SHOOTER ?— david pietrzak (@stevetwilightim) October 5, 2017
Las Vegas Sheriff seems conflicted. Says he's waiting for facts, but speculates the shooter MUST have had help. Which is it? Job w/Fox?— Ray Smith (@rjsmith169) October 5, 2017
The head of the FBI’s Las Vegas bureau on Wednesday seemed to cast doubt on Lombardo’s suggestion later on during the same press conference.
“Theories are great and everyone can have a theory,” Aaron Rouse said. “But I need to deal with facts. The sheriff needs to deal with facts.”
“He’s not going to make assumptions,” he added of Lombardo. “I’m not going to make assumptions.”
Investigators are struggling to explain what motivated Paddock to begin shooting from his 32nd floor hotel room in Las Vegas last Sunday.
Responding police found Paddock dead at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after he killed at least 58 people and wounded at least 527 others during a nearby country music event.