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Why the unknown motive in Las Vegas is so unsettling

We need to know.

Two weeks after Stephen Paddock rained down bullets on attendees of a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 and injuring more than 500, investigators are no closer to understanding the gunman's motives.

For a nation riveted by the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, this is a deeply unsettling problem.

Police detectives and criminal profilers are working overtime to dissect Paddock's behavior, circumstances and psychological state in the lead-up to the shootings. Mental health professionals and experts on human behavior, meanwhile, are bearing witness to a more common

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