Stephen Paddock, the man who shot, and killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more, may have been experiencing financial problems. At least that’s what Las Vegas’ sheriff said.

Paddock, 64, a high-stakes gambler and investor in real estate lost a “significant amount” of cash since September 2014, said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

The financial loss appears to have led to severe depression as the status-driven Paddock was finding it increasingly difficult to maintain his high-profile lifestyle.

“This person liked to be recognized in casinos, and he enjoyed being recognized by friends,” Lombardo said. “Obviously things were declining, and that may have had a ‘determining effect’ on the shooting.

Despite the latest speculation, detectives still not know precisely what motivated Paddock to fire at concertgoers from his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel on October 1.

Paddock shot himself to death following the massacre. Las Vegas police, along with the FBI are examining Paddock’s politics as they look for clues to possible radicalization and his social behavior. So far they have turned up little.

Marilou Danley, Paddock’s girlfriend, was questioned by law enforcement about her knowledge of Paddock’s gun buys and what she may have seen strange in his behavior.

Las Vegas investigators are skeptical about Danley alleged lack of knowledge and understanding surrounding her deceased boyfriend.

“Most would think she would have some information,” Lombardo said. “We haven’t been able to pull it out of her.”

In a two-part interview, Lombardo stated his belief Paddock was able to transport the guns to the hotel in separate bags over several days. Paddock was known among hotel staff, and they told law enforcement nothing appeared out-of-the-ordinary.

Several newsgroups, including Associated Pressed, have sued to obtain 9/11 calls, police video and search warrants related to the mass shooting.

The Brain Of A Killer?

Paddock’s brain is in possession of a Stanford University pathologies looking for anything which may have led Paddock to kill.

Jan Leestma, MD, is an expert on brain pathology and says finding a critical link between brain structure and behavior is a new field of study. Leestma doesn’t hold much hope for finding anything significant from studying Paddock’s brain.

“This is still virgin territory,” Leestma told KNPR News in Las Vegas.

Researchers and psychologists are looking at the question of the ‘criminal brain, ‘ but there is a lot still unknown about the brain’s physical working and how the brain interacts with the mind.

“We’ve got a brain. Now what can we do that approaches anything near sophistication,” Leestma said.

The first step in physically examining the brain is to search out structures which should be there such as frontal lobes.

Following an examination of the brain’s exterior, Leestma will dissect the brain and examine the inside for any miss structures or structures which appear abnormal, such as any tumor.

A tumor is blamed for Charles Whitman’s crimes. Whitman shot 17 persons from the tower at the University of Texas in 1966 and is very similar to the October 1 shooting on the Strip.

“A job like this is a jigsaw puzzle. We need all the information we can get from different sources before we are able to make any determinations,” Leestma said.