His body lies sprawled on the carpet of the Mandalay Bay Hotel — his 32nd floor lair turned into a sniper’s nest — moments after killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 others in a crazed rampage.
His disfigured face leaking blood and brains — no longer a vicious threat to anyone.
This is coward Stephen Paddock, the perpetrator of the bloody Oct. 1 massacre that rocked the world. In a blockbuster exclusive, The National ENQUIRER has obtained a graphic photo purportedly of the madman sprawled out on the distinctive carpet of the Las Vegas resort. [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE]
“This was not just a mass murder,” one criminal profiler told The ENQUIRER. “This was a murder/suicide by someone who didn’t think he would have the guts to shoot himself and wanted the cops to do it for me.
“’Suicide by cop’ is very common. These killers know they won’t be alive at the end of the day, but they don’t care, because in their twisted minds they see themselves as heroes.”
As Las Vegas SWAT stormed the hotel after he unloaded an arsenal of assault weapons on innocent victims attending an outdoor Jason Aldean concert, Paddock chose to take the coward’s way out.
“He knew he was doomed at this point and swiftly completed his ‘mission’ — turning the gun on himself and blowing his brains out,” said a source.