FBI director: Motive in Las Vegas shooting still unclearOctober 12, 2017 6:33pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The FBI director said Thursday that investigators haven't yet determined a motive behind the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, but they're still digging.

"There's a lot of effort being put into unraveling this horrific act," Director Christopher Wray told reporters following a ribbon-cutting for the FBI's new Atlanta building. "We don't know yet what the motive is, but that's not for lack of trying, and if you know anything about the bureau we don't give up easy."

Authorities have said Stephen Paddock targeted the country music festival the night of Oct. 1, opening fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and killing 58 people.

Wray spent much of his adult life working in Atlanta and said returning for the ribbon-cutting was especially meaningful.

Asked about his relationship with President Donald Trump, Wray said he has very little interaction with the president but is in regular contact with the National Security Council.

"I would describe my relationship with the president as a professional one, and I think that's what the relationship between any FBI director and any president should be," Wray said.

The independence of the FBI is extremely important, Wray said, adding that he urges his staff every day to do their jobs professionally and be true to the agency's core values.

"We can't be worried about whether there's somebody somewhere that doesn't like the fact that we brought a case or we didn't bring a case or that our intelligence analysis is something people like or don't like," he said. "What we have to do is follow the facts independently, wherever they may lead and to whomever they may lead."

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

In this Oct. 13, 2017, photo, Las Vegas police officers watch over the T-Mobile arena before an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music festival. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas tourism sees changes in aftermath of shooting
A mural honoring 58 victims adorns a building at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas. The garden was built as a memorial for the victims of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegans help after tragedy with garden, free services
County duo Big & Rich to perform at Las Vegas benefitEvent organizers say the American country duo Big & Rich is returning to the stage in Las Vegas this week for a concert people affected by the Oct. 1 shooting
Baltimore approves $135K settlement in 2015 police shootingBaltimore officials have approved a $135,000 payment to settle a lawsuit filed by an unarmed man who was shot by police
5 arrests in 1983 case authorities say was motivated by raceAfter reopening a cold case, authorities in Georgia have arrested five people _ including two law enforcement officials _ in a killing they say was racially motivated
FILE- In this Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, public defender Alexander Silvert, left, speaks to reporters in Honolulu after federal prosecutors dismissed charges against his client Gerard Puana, who was accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief's mailbox. A Honolulu Police Department officer and retired major arrested by the FBI over the weekend were expected to appear in federal court Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The arrests are part of a federal corruption investigation into the department that stemmed from Puana's case. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, File)
Court documents provide details in Honolulu corruption case
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices