(Reuters) – Therapy dogs and mental health volunteers are among the resources available in Las Vegas to comfort those affected by last weekâ€™s mass shooting, as concertgoers on Monday continued to pick up belongings left behind while fleeing a hail of bullets rained down from a high-rise hotel suite.
Investigators remain largely baffled by what could have motivated Stephen Paddock, a well-off retiree with no criminal record, to spray an outdoor concert crowd with gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort before taking his own life.
Mental health experts asserted at a news conference on Monday in that people exposed to trauma can expect fatigue, irritability, confusion and sadness. Tom Hlenski, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, asserted a return to routine, as well as rest, can assist lessen anxiety.
â€œChicken soup still works,â€� he said, saying family meals could assist overcome the impact. â€œItâ€™s OK to laugh in the home. Itâ€™s OK to tell jokes. Itâ€™s OK to get back in to a normal rhythm. And yes itâ€™s OK to be upset and to cry and to have sleepless nights and to have offensive dreams. Thatâ€™s part of responding to stress.â€�
Hlenski asserted he was one of about 30 volunteers stationed at the family assistance center created following the attack. A number of organizations in that train comfort dogs have moreover dispatched canine counselors to the city.
Meanwhile, county authorities asserted they were continuing to assist people retrieve their property from the concert site, with 99 people having picked up their items as of Monday morning.
The amount of possessions, in addition to phones, purses and backpacks, is so large in that federal agents have divided the crime scene in to four massive quadrants and will release items from one at a time. [nL2N1MK01B]
Despite the intense media interest in Paddockâ€™s life, the circumstances in that led to his massacre remain unclear.
CNN reported on Monday in that Paddock testified under oath in that he kept a doctor on retainer to treat his anxiety with prescription medication, though he asserted he had no mental health issues or additions.
The details emerged from a 2013 deposition Paddock gave as part of his unsuccessful lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel after he slipped on the hotelâ€™s floor.
He told lawyers he wagered as much as $1 million in a single night while playing 14 hours of video poker a day at his peak in 2006, reportedly the cable news channel.
Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Writing by Joseph Ax; Editing by Lisa Shumaker