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David Clarke: People Must Know What They See to Say Something

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:26 AM

It's not enough to tell people that if they see something, they should say something, as often, people do not know what to watch for and report, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Tuesday.

"There are a lot of people, 350 million people in the United States," Clarke told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program, while commenting about the deadly Las Vegas concert shooting. "They are not all known to law enforcement, so where I would start is doing a better job of engaging the public to help us out."

The Las Vegas gunman, identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself before officers stormed the hotel room from where he'd fired his shots into a crowd of country music fans.

According to Paddock's brother, Eric, the gunman had made a few million dollars investing in real estate. Law enforcement officials also said Paddock did not have a criminal record, and did not outline a motive for the attack that left 59 people dead.

Clarke described Paddock Tuesday at the "needle in the haystack reference that you hear in homeland security enterprise and environment, and at times like this, the call to report troubled people starts over.

"We don't tell people specifically, you know, what to do, what to look for," said Clarke. "I have been in law enforcement for nearly 40 years. I'm suspicious about everything."

Clarke said he has no doubt that as the investigation unfolds, there will be details that are now obvious in hindsight.

"We [should] do a better job of engaging the public, say here are the sort of things you need to look for and an ongoing campaign to do that," said Clarke. "We spent a lot of money to see something, say something campaign. I wonder what the results are."

News broke Monday that Paddock's father had been on the FBI's Most Wanted List back in the 1960s, and Clarke said it will take a behavioral scientist to unwrap the shooter and his motives.

"We saw it in Orlando," said Clarke. "We saw it in San Bernardino. We saw it a Fort Hood. After a while you look and what you hear over and over again is like some of the people's closest neighbors and friends saying 'hey, he seemed like a normal guy to me.' Oftentimes not."

Clarke said he expects Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was out of the country at the time of the shooting, will shed some light on his motives.

"There is no doubt his girlfriend might be knowing more than she is saying right now," the former sheriff said.

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