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Questions about the Las Vegas Shootings…

Photo Credit: C. Stevens

One of the main reasons that I blog occasionally is to provide a life’s journal for my son to review someday when he gets older. Just think about it, how cool would it be to be able to go back and get your great-grandfather’s thoughts on events that occurred during his lifetime? Unfortunately, this event is one of the most horrible things I’ve ever witnessed, second only to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

For years I have shared w/ my friends and family that I’ve always viewed Las Vegas as a soft target for terrorists simply because of the congestion and max population at any given hour of the day on the strip. The last time I visited there were thousands of people, hundreds of cars, and everyone was locked in deadlock. Unfortunately, my prediction turned out to come true this week when a gunman opened fire on about 20,000+ people attending a concert from his vantage point at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The fact that this gunman was stocked w/ multiple firearms, I’m told there were in excess of 20 in his room, and some of the firearms were either converted to full-automatic or were equipped with the bump-stock to enable him to fire in rapid succession. The gunman rented a room at the casino for a week prior to the concert and apparently made plans throughout the week to commit this atrocity. The end result, over 500 people were shot or injured, and the death toll continues to climb daily. It’s just gut wrenching to think about…

One of the obvious questions that comes to mind when something like this happens is “why?”, why would someone do something like this? Was he a terrorist? Who was he mad at? Did he have a mental illness? so many questions…

Unfortunately, I’m not 100% satisfied with the answers we’ve been getting at the early onset of the investigation about the shooter, and neither are a lot of people that I’ve spoken with. Here are just a few of the things I’m struggling with right now…

  1. If he was determined to rack up a body count, why did he commit suicide instead of having a shootout with the swat team as they moved in on him.
  2. If this was a psychotic breakdown, it’s weird to me that he was at the casino for almost an entire week leading up to the shooting.
  3. If he was a multi-millionaire, wouldn’t we know more about him?
  4. His brother said that to his knowledge he wasn’t into guns, etc.
  5. He had over 20+ weapons in the hotel room.
  6. Did he have an automatic weapon or was it a bumpstock?
  7. Who did he wire the $100,000 to in the Phillipines?

Like I said, these are just a few of the questions I have… some will probably be answered in the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, please join me in praying for the victims, their friends and families, the emergency responders, and everyone that was affected by this horrible tragedy.

About Cotton Rohrscheib

Cotton Rohrscheib is the CEO of Rohrscheib Capital Partners. Over the past 20 years he has been associated with numerous projects in the IT, Healthcare, and Agriculture industries. Born a serial entrepreneur, Cotton has personally been involved in several startups, product launches, and brand acquisitions during his career and has consulted on hundreds of projects for clients around the world. Today he still services the marketing and consulting needs for clients while trying to maintain a healthy balance between work and being a good husband and father to his wife, Donna, and their son, Spencer.