Las Vegas Shooter Sent Girlfriend Away to Spare Her Life, Sisters Say

Oct 06, 2017, 00:21
Las Vegas Shooter Sent Girlfriend Away to Spare Her Life, Sisters Say

A U.S. official familiar with the investigation said there was no evidence that Paddock had contacts with any extremist groups, or that he might have sought out militant groups online that could have incited him to carry out a mass shooting.

Almost two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, what set off the 64-year-old high-rolling gambler and retired accountant remained a big question mark Tuesday.

A total of 47 guns have been recovered from three locations: Paddock's hotel room and his two Nevada homes in Verdi and Mesquite. Around 317 people were said to have been discharged from local hospitals and allowed to go home. That was almost a week before Paddock carried out the attack.

USA officials have explained that Danley is scheduled to return to states on Wednesday.

Senior Republicans on Thursday signaled they were ready to examine the sale of "bump stocks".

"To convert a legal semi-automatic into a weapon that sort of behaves like an automatic rifle", Lesser said. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., especially with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan making clear their priorities are elsewhere.

Police said they're investigating the source of the leaked photos. "I think it's premature to be talking about bans on any component without the knowledge on what the killer used", Wilson said.

The No. 2 Republican senator a day earlier had called for a review of bump stocks while Democrats had already been urging new legislation.

Danley spoke with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for several hours as investigators struggled to get inside the mind of Paddock, a frustratingly opaque figure who carried out his high-rise massacre without leaving the plain-sight clues often found after major acts of bloodshed. It was unclear if that person, who never checked in, was the same Stephen Paddock, the spokeswoman said. Police are not aware whether the devices were transmitting - the FBI is investigating their use.

Meeting with officers who rushed towards the shooter, Trump asked the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department if investigators were any closer to establishing a motive.

Authorities are hoping to find answers when Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, is questioned on Wednesday.

Paddock reportedly met Danley several years ago while she was working at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Nevada. Lombard said his client, an Australian citizen of Filipino heritage, was cooperating fully with authorities.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo, speaking at a Wednesday night news conference, said he remains unconvinced.

Authorities say the Las Vegas shooter had 1,600 rounds of ammunition and several containers of an explosive commonly used in target shooting that totaled 50 pounds in his vehicle.

They say their sister was "madly in love" with Paddock and will be forever haunted by what her partner has done.

The Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend says in a statement that she knew him "as a kind, caring, quiet man".

Australia's Channel 7 TV network interviewed Marilou Danley's sisters with their faces obscured and their names withheld.

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