On Sunday night at approximately 10 pm, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock busted out the window of his 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers, who were in town for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. During the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Brian Hodge of Australia was staying in the room next door to Paddock. After the fact, he dropped two chilling words about the shooter which could change the narrative surrounding this massacre entirely.
For a sociopath looking to inflict maximum damage, there is perhaps no better location than Sin City for a mass shooting. Millions of people flock to the entertainment capital of the world each and every day. Factor in the date of a major country music festival, drawing fans from all over the globe, and you’ve got a recipe for huge carnage.
On Monday, The Courrier Mail ran a profile on Australians who were affected by Paddock’s mass shooting. Brian Hodge, who had the unfortunate luck of staying in the room directly next door to Stephen Paddock’s, was among them. “I got outside safely and was hiding in bushes,” said Hodge, who was staying in room 32134 while the gunman was in room 32135.
Then, Hodge dropped a bombshell, saying there were “multiple shooters.” He claimed, “There were multiple people dead and multiple shooters. I was just hiding waiting for police to come get us. We were hiding in the bushes outside waiting for the police.”
Hodge added, “It was a machine gun from the room next to me,” according to The Sydney Morning Herald. “My floor is a crime scene. They killed a security guard on my floor.”
Hodge is not the first to raise doubts about what we’ve been told by the media pertaining to the facts of this case. As more time passes, more and more people are asserting that there is much surrounding this tragic ordeal which just doesn’t add up. Paddock had no criminal history. He does not appear to have been a man with deeply held political or religious convictions. He was a retired accountant and property investor. He doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a crazed mass murderer.
Could Brian Hodge have been mistaken? Sure. However, I’m more inclined to trust the account of an eye-witness than reports from the mainstream media. Could Hodge’s memory of the horrifying ordeal have been clouded by the trauma he endured experiencing such a horrific event first-hand? Also plausible. It seems just as likely that his senses might have been heightened as he went into survival mode, though.
There’s so much about this case that doesn’t add up. But, as soon as you begin to ask questions, the naysayers will tell you to go grab your tinfoil hat. This has become a favorite strategy of those who prefer to accept every line they are fed by the media as fact rather than to question whether what we are being told is the truth. Perhaps there is a motive behind this mass shooting which we are not being told, and which the “powers that be” hope we do not find out.