During the earliest days searching for a motive in Sunday’s attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, some wondered if the shooter had specifically targeted Las Vegas, w he frequently spent time gambling, or if t was another reason he wanted to inflict harm upon the all-ages gathering of country music fans.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed earlier reports that the shooter rented space in a condo tower with a clear view of another music festival, Life Is Beautiful, the weekend before his attack.
They suggest that the shooter may not have been targeting a specific type of music event.
The country music base is well off, according to a 2016 report by Nielsen Music, earning 26% more than the average adult.
Its fans are also older than those of other music genres, with an average age of 44, although in recent years millennials have been flocking to the music.
Country singer Aldean, from Macon, Ga., has been less forthcoming about his politics, but a 2012 study by the music data company Echo Nest found that his music was a favorite among “Artists whose fans are most correlated to Republican” beliefs.
What Paddock might have missed is that even with their differences, the two music communities are united by a core set of American values.
FOR THE RECORD. 5:46 p.m.: An earlier version of this post referred to the Las Vegas gunman as Richard Paddock.