Health science professor doesn't believe Paddock had a mental illness

Police officers and medical personnel stand at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) —There is a lot of speculation on whether the gunman in this case had a mental illness.

One expert on the Ball State campus says no and here's why:

According to Health Science Professor Jagdish Khubchandani, mass murderers plan their actions and rarely snap, where as people with a mental illness cannot hid their illness and more often than not will take their own lives.

Some are speculating that Steve Paddock had to have been mentally ill to commit such an act, but Dr. Jagdish Khubchandani isn't so sure.

"How could a mentally ill person take care of his family, travel, gamble, plan meticulously and not show any sign of any mental health problems?" he asked. "Generally, mentally ill people are dysfunctional and no one noticed. People believed he was normal."

Khubchandani has done extensive research in the area of mental health and says statistics show a majority of firearm deaths in this country are not committed by the mentally ill. In fact, he says people with a mental illness are more likely to take their own lives.

"They are less likely to kill others and more likely to kill themselves. Eighteen thousand out of 30,000 gun deaths this year have been suicides, of all deaths, suicides, and that should tell us something," he clarified.

So that leads to the question: If Paddock did not have a mental illness, what was he?

"He's a cold blooded mass murderer, and that is all we can say for now," he declared.

"The level of intelligence, functioning in society, no dysfunction seen by people shows there's a less possibility of being mentally ill. The way he was spending his money ... making money out of property and gambling means a high level of thinking and hiding it from people. That needs a lot of upper level thinking," Dr. Khubchandani concluded.

Investigators for years will be looking into the gunman's past to see if something caused a paranoid personality disorder, which he deemed unfair or held a grudge. As of now we just don't know. Dr. Khubchandani says the idea that someone just snapped is a Hollywood creation.

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