With as many cameras that were pointing toward and working inside the Mandalay Bay during Sunday night’s attack, the public is still unsure exactly how and why it happened. Conspiracy theories abound on the Internet, and armchair sleuths are posting scenarios, pictures, and analysis in forums and chatrooms that run the gamut from the absurd to the impossible.
Some of those allegations include that the 64-year-old shooter, Stephen Paddock, is a member of Antifa and targeted the country music fans because the likelihood that most of them supported Donald Trump. No solid connection has been made to the violent leftist group, but some evidence has surfaced that appears to show Paddock was indeed a Democrat:
Another theory making the rounds is that Paddock converted to Islam and carried out his attack in the name of Allah. That’s because ISIS claimed the attack very quickly and consider Paddock, allegedly renamed Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki, to be a fellow brother and soldier of the caliphate. If true, that changes everything. However, ISIS will claim anything that causes bloodshed in the West and so, there's no real reason to beleive them.
Well, New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi is saying, "Not so fast." She believes ISIS’s claim deserves a thorough investigation before ruling it out. Callimachi covers the Islamic terror group as a career and what she posted to Twitter in a series of messages raises enough red flags to make the most skeptical observer shift in his seat. This possibility, that Paddock is a recent Muslim convert and soldier for ISIS, is so far away from the media narrative of "gun nut white guy," we won't be surprised if the NYT reprimands her for doing journalism:
Those armchair detectives don’t sound so insane, now, do they?