Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ranted about the federal government 'confiscating' guns and was enraged by the Waco and Ruby Ridge sieges, witnesses have claimed.
Police documents released yesterday about the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history included reports from at least two people claiming they had spoken to Paddock about his paranoia.
A jailed man who gave a statement in November to police and the FBI recalled a man he believed to be Paddock telling him that FEMA 'camps' set up after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were 'a dry run for law enforcement and military to start kickin' down doors and ... confiscating guns.'
'Somebody has to wake up the American public and get them to arm themselves,' the man said Paddock told him less than a month before the October 1 shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.'
He added: 'Sometimes sacrifices have to be made.'
In a handwritten account, a woman said she overheard a man she later said was Paddock talking with another man at a Las Vegas restaurant just three days before the massacre.
She told police that Paddock seemed angry about the 1990s standoffs at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge in Idaho.