When Sheriff Joseph Lombardo openly mused near the end of a packed news conference Tuesday evening that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock may have been “radicalized,” he reopened speculation that maybe, just maybe, the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the bloody attack could be true.
“Did this person get radicalized, unbeknownst to us? And we want to identify that source [of the radicalization],” Lombardo said.
While this is a field littered with land mines, it remains an open question as long as federal investigators stay silent on the shooter’s motive for killing 59 people at a country music concert while wounding more than 500.
The silence itself is seen by some as an indicator of Islamic involvement,