Despite recently unsealed police affidavits and thousands of “citizen journalists” investigating the Las Vegas shooting, the FBI has officially ruled out the theory of a second shooter.
However, recently leaked documents from a report allegedly submitted to the House Intel Committee paint a very different picture. The documents, 52 pages in length, outline a mass of evidence that Brian Hodge, an Australian concert producer, was deliberately misleading in his testimony to law enforcement officials, and purposely disabled geo-location on his cellphone during the attack. Several discrepancies and inconsistencies in Hodge’s testimony to LVMPD and interviews are expounded upon in great detail, and it is even mentioned that he withheld information from law enforcement.
Given the amount of resources devoted to accessing Hodge’s social media accounts, financial records, erased email data and the surveillance conducted on him long after the investigation on Paddock was concluded, it seems at least someone is seriously considering him as a suspected accomplice.
Additionally, the documents provide information that seems to back up a photo leaked by investigative journalist Laura Loomer. In the photo, Hodge’s room number is seen as 32-314, contrary to his reports to police and media outlets that he stayed in room 32-134, the room immediately next to Steven Paddock’s suite.
Most notably, room 32-134 was also paid for under the name of Marilou Danley, Paddock’s girlfriend. The report appears to connect Hodge to both locations, presenting evidence that he may have been attempting to obfuscate his actual location during the time the shooting took place. Analysts contributing to the report presented evidence indicating Hodge was actually staying in both rooms, which would account for his multiple conflicting testimonies to police and reporters.
Another suspect, a Turk national who owns a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is also mentioned in the report. Mehmet Kokangul is from Adana, Turkey, a known center of ISIS activity in the region. Hodge visited the restaurant shortly after the shooting, and although the owner has possible ties to ISIS, the FBI chose not to further investigate him.
As this evidence was leaked, the source’s identity is being withheld for their safety. Members of the House Intel Committee and an FBI spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but given the vast amount of sensitive data contained within its 52 pages, it seems highly unlikely this is a forgery. We will continue to update this story as new information becomes available, and will release more pages from the report after they are examined by our tech experts to determine if photos were manipulated.
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