Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock was a ‘regular’ at Mandalay Bay casino – reports

  • Stephen Paddock regularly played poker and video slots at the Mandalay Bay
  • Girlfriend Marilou Danley held a platinum loyalty card at the casino

The man who carried out Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas was a regular visitor to the Mandalay Bay casino resort, according to newspaper reports.

A hotel staff member told the Daily Mail that Stephen Paddock, 64, had been seen walking through the casino on Friday, just 48 hours before his deadly shooting spree that left 58 people dead and will rank as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Staff report that Paddock was a regular poker player who also played video slots in the casino while he sat at the bar, and on most of his visits, was accompanied by his girlfriend Marilou Danley, 62, a Philippines-born grandmother.

There are also unconfirmed reports that Paddock used Ms Danley’s casino loyalty card to check into the hotel.

According to one member of the Mandalay Bay bar staff, who gave his name as Chris, Paddock was often seen around the casino but his behaviour did not raise concerns.

He told the Mail: “I saw him around a lot but he never did anything weird, just played. There was nothing to suggest he was a weirdo – he would just sit down and play; bam, bam, bam and that was it.”

The bartender also said that Ms Danley was known as a big player at the casino and had a platinum loyalty card, awarded to players who spend $8,000 or more on betting in a year.

Person of interest

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Ms Danley reportedly arrived in the United States from the Philippines on Tuesday night. According to US police, she is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation, though there is no evidence that she is suspected of committing a crime and she is not under arrest.

At this stage there is no suggestion she knew anything about Paddock’s plans to carry out the attack, which involved stockpiling over thirty weapons and transporting nineteen of them to a Mandalay Bay hotel suite, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Ms Danley, an Australian citizen, had reportedly been in the Philippines since September 25.

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