Girlfriend denies knowledge of Vegas plot

Saul Bowman
October 6, 2017

She was in the Philippines when Paddock opened fire with high-power rifles from a 32nd floor hotel room Sunday night at a sea of concertgoers below on the Las Vegas strip. He also may have scouted out the location, renting a room at the Ogden, a nearby hotel, during the Life is handsome festival a week earlier, Lombardo said. Some lawmakers are already saying they need to take a second look at the law following the deadly Las Vegas shooting. Investigators named Danley as a "person of interest" in the investigation.

Investigators have been piecing together Paddock's life.

Twelve of his rifles were fitted with so-called bump stocks, officials said, allowing the guns to be fired nearly as though they were automatic weapons.

Paddock wasn't able to move into the room until Saturday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly and disclosed the information to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The 64 year-old man is a native of Nevada.

As of Wednesday, 489 people were still recovering from injuries sustained during the shooting.

Trump, touring a hospital in Las Vegas, told reporters Paddock was "very demented".

Police got the first call about shots at 10:08 p.m. Sunday. Officers quickly realized there was no one else in the rooms and announced over the radio that the suspect was down. Authorities believe he killed himself. "We didn't know him", Eric Paddock said.

"I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man", Danley's statement said.

"From October 2016 to September 28, 2017, he purchased 33 firearms, majority of them rifles", said ATF special agent in charge Jill Snyder.

The cameras Paddock set up at the Mandalay Bay hotel casino were part of his extensive preparations that included stockpiling almost two dozen guns in his room before opening fire on the concert below.

"Was he doing pre-surveillance?" "There's no political affiliation that we know of". All but three of the dead had been identified by Tuesday afternoon, Lombardo said.


Paddock left no suicide note and so far his motivation is unclear.

There is now no evidence to indicate the shooting was terrorism, FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse told reporters in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

She was met in the United States Tuesday evening local time - Wednesday in the Philippines - by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the man who massacred almost 60 people attending a music festival in Las Vegas, has returned to the United States from the Philippines, according to media reports. At the time, she anxious he was trying to break up with her, she said.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump traveled to Las Vegas to meet with law enforcement officers and survivors of the shooting outside the Mandalay Bay hotel casino that killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others. The FBI is working with Philippine authorities to get more details.

She added that "it never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone". "I will cooperate fully with their investigation".

He discussed his meetings with hospitalized patients, and "we ask God to ease their suffering".

Paddock's violent transformation has mystified everyone - his brother, investigators and the families he victimized. Lombardo, the sheriff, expressed skepticism that the gunman worked solo.

"It makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job they've done", the President said of the medical staff at the hospital.

Police found 23 guns inside Paddock's hotel suite and thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to CNN.

"The author of the attack of Las Vegas is a soldier of the islamic State", said Qama, the propaganda organ of the ARS in a message in Arabic, without more of precision. Nineteen more guns were found at Paddock's Mesquite home and seven at his Reno house. "It's troublesome for the amount of stuff he had at both residences unassisted".

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