President Donald Trump offered an assessment of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s mental health during a White House cabinet meeting with reporters present.
Politico reports that Trump described Paddock as “a demented, sick individual” at a cabinet meeting Monday afternoon.
“I guess a lot of people think they understand what happened, but he was a demented, sick individual,” Trump reportedly said.
“The wires were crossed pretty badly in his brain. Extremely badly in his brain. And it’s a very sad event.”
Paddock opened fire on a crowd of a thousand concertgoers attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a preliminary, visual examination of Paddock’s brain revealed no abnormalities. But his brain has been transported to Stanford University for a more thorough examination that can identify conditions not detectable by a visual examination, the New York Post reports. Authorities have not yet revealed Paddock’s official manner of death, though he is widely believed to have shot himself with one of the nearly two-dozen guns he brought to his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
It is not known what information informed the president’s most recent comments.
Last week, Trump reportedly gave an interview to the Christian television channel Trinity Broadcasting in which he characterized the shooter as smart.
“This was a sick person — but probably smart and he had cameras, but [police] got there so quickly and they really did,” Trump said.
[Feature photo: Associated Press]