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Published On: Thu, Oct 5th, 2017

Hard to believe Paddock could have carried out the massacre on his own: Las Vegas Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo

nsnbc : Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo said it is crucial to talk to anyone who knew gunman Stephen Paddock, in the hunt for possible accomplices. Considering the number of weapons Paddock collected and explosives he had stockpiled in his car, Lombardo said, he finds it hard to believe Paddock could have carried out the massacre on his own.

Stephen Paddock (r) Marilou Danley (purple shirt) Philippines_2017Sherriff Lombardo said Paddock spent decades living what he calls a “secret life” and that concealing his activities all those years was well thought out. However, the sheriff declined to provide any details on what has been uncovered so far about Paddock because he said he does not want to say something that could drive anyone with information underground. Lombardo said there were signs in Paddock’s hotel room that he planned to escape after his shooting rampage that left 58 dead and more than 450 wounded. Paddock reportedly shot himself in the mouth as police zeroed in on his room.

Describing a timeline of events, Lombardo said it took police and Mandalay Bay hotel security 12 minutes after the first shots were heard to determine they came from the 32nd floor, where Paddock had rented a suite. Lombardo called that reaction time “phenomenal.” The sheriff also said Paddock had taken a room in another Las Vegas hotel one week earlier while an alternative music festival was in town. But it is unclear what his intent was.

On Sunday night, Paddock fired into a crowd attending a country music concert across from the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58. Meanwhile, the number of wounded in the Sunday night massacre has been lowered from more than 500 to 489. Lombardo said some victims were counted twice in the confusion following the shooting.

Earlier Wednesday, the lawyer for Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, said Danley had no idea Paddock was planning any violence. “He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen,” Danley said in a statement read by her attorney, Matthew Lombard. Danley spent much of the day being questioned by FBI agents in Los Angeles, where she arrived from the Philippines. Her attorney said she was in the Philippines to visit family. Paddock sent her $100,000 while she was there, telling her to buy a house.

FBI agents are hoping Marilou Danley, 62, Paddock’s Filipina-Australian girlfriend, can shed light on what would have motivated him to commit this heinous crime, as the 64-year-old Paddock had no previous criminal record, no known allegiance to terrorist groups, and left no manifesto before shooting himself as police closed in.  To probe Danley for more information, the FBI is reportedly bringing her back to the US on Wednesday for questioning. She is also a “person of interest” by Las Vegas Police, with Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo saying “We anticipate some information from her shortly.”

A US official also told reporters that investigators are still trying to trace the US$100,000 transferred to the Philippines and intend to question Danley on the money flow and any knowledge of the attack:

“The official also said Tuesday that Paddock had transferred $100,000 to the Philippines in the days before the attack… The official said investigators are still attempting to trace that money. The official, who was briefed by law enforcement, wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss an ongoing investigation.

The person also said investigators are focusing more attention on what the girlfriend of Paddock may have known about the attack. Federal investigators are expected to question Marilou Danley when she returns to the US on Wednesday.”

Though it is still unclear exactly when Danley left the US for her trip, neighbors of the Reno, Nevada home that she shared with Paddock said that she had not been seen since August. It is known that she entered the Philippine capital city of Manila on Sept. 25 on a flight from Hong Kong, according to immigration officials. Nick Suarez, a spokesman for the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) told reporters that its US counterpart, the FBI sought help tracking down Danley.

“Danley arrived in the Philippines last month, and then there was a wire transfer to her account for $100,000 from Stephen. The FBI has coordinated with the Philippine office of the Interpol to look for her.” Danley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday night where she was met by FBI agents, according to the  official who spoke to the press.

F/AK – nsnbc 05.10.2017

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  1. Gary Fraser says:

    What bothers me regarding the official story about the Mandalay Bay shooting is that there is no video from the lobby or parking lot showing buddy lugging all these weapons to his room in the hotel. Where is the footage?

    • Janet says:

      There are so many inconsistencies in this case, and I agree the lack of video is troublesome. Las Vegas and its major hotels must have every square inch covered with cameras, so why aren’t we seeing footage like we do in other cases?

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