Steve Wynn says Vegas shooter seemed “rational”

Steve Wynn, the billionaire head of Wynn Resorts, said the man who opened fire on a crowd attending a music festival in Las Vegas last week had stayed in his hotels many times and had seemed like a rational man.

Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 500 in a murderous spree launched from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, owned by MGM Resorts. Police are struggling to find a motive for the attack.

“He’s been staying in Las Vegas since ‘06.  So you know, we’re talking about 11 years with his girlfriend or at least in recent years, frequent visitor, once or twice a month, to this hotel and others,” Wynn told Fox News in an interview. “The most vanilla profile one could possibly imagine. A modest gambler at least by our standards, you know, nothing serious, paid promptly, never owed any money anywhere in Las Vegas. He didn’t fit the profile of a problem or compulsive gambler.”  

Wynn also said his properties had undergone and extensive revamp of security two years ago and that hotel guests are not permitted to carry arms. Wynn said the fact Paddock had apparently locked himself in a room for three days prior to the shooting with a “do not disturb” sign on the door would likely have raised alarm bells with his staff.