- Marilou Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting
- Police looking into ten-year mystery period in killer’s history
The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas on Sunday, says that she was completely unaware of her partner’s plans.
Marilou Danley was interviewed by the FBI on Wednesday and expressed her shock at what she described as the “horrible unspeakable acts of violence” her partner committed.
In a statement read to the press by her lawyer, she went on to say that he had not had any indication or warning of what he was planning to do.
Ms Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting, but US law enforcement officials named her as a “person of interest” and had made contact with her on Monday. She flew back to Los Angeles voluntarily on Tuesday night in order to speak to FBI officers.
She revealed that Paddock had surprised her by buying her a plane ticket in order for her to visit with her family, and while she was in the Philippines, he wired the sum of $100,0000 into the nation.
There appears to be no confirmation as yet that the money made its way directly to Ms Danley, though one theory suggests it was intended for her.
There are some reports that Ms Danley assumed the money was a way of ending the relationship – a lump sum to help her in a new chapter of life
“I was grateful, but honestly I was worried it was a way for him to break up with me,” she said.
“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.”
While the motive for the mass killing remains unclear, US law enforcement officials have suggested that Paddock may have been planning to escape the scene, rather than kill himself.
WATCH: Las Vegas police department gives its Wednesday briefing on the investigation
They have also been investigating his background, and while, according to FBI spokesperson Aaron Rouse, no link to international or domestic terrorism had yet been found, there are still many unanswered questions about Paddock’s history.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that it was not clear whether Paddock had accomplices as it rapidly becomes obvious the level of planning that was needed for the deadly assault.
But Sheriff Lombardo did describe him as “dangerous and disturbed”.
That is a departure from the ‘lone wolf’ narrative that came out in the aftermath of the attack.
There is also a decade-long period of his life about which police have been unable to establish any concrete information about how Paddock lived his life.
Some media have pointed to a banal, lifeless existence that simply revolved around gambling and police are looking in to what triggered his rapid buying of guns last October.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that one of the bullets fired by Paddock hit a large aviation fuel tank nearby, though it did not cause an explosion. This was according to a source and has not be verified.
The tanks are on property belonging to McCarran International Airport, but it is not clear whether he was specifically targeting them during the shooting.
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