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Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooter's Girlfriend Facing Questions After US Return

08 October, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Mandalay Bay hotel room shows one of Paddock's guns

It has been discovered by authorities that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had a girlfriend who is an Australian but has been living in the USA for the past 20 years.

Authorities are trying to determine why Paddock killed 59 people at a country music festival in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

"It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone", she said in the statement.

According to the statement, Paddock announced to Danley two weeks ago that he had bought her a plane ticket so that she could visit family in the Philippines.

"A mother, a grandmother, a sister, a friend", she said of Danley.

Speaking to the press, sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that while there are presently no other suspects, police are determined to ascertain whether Stephen Paddock did in fact have help.

Marilou Danley flew out of Manila's global airport on Tuesday night for Los Angeles, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP.

"I am a mother and grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones", she said.

Police said Tuesday Paddock installed at least three video cameras in his hotel suite and in the hallway to track police movements.

FBI special agent Aaron Rouse said they have not found any evidence to indicate terrorism, but the investigation is ongoing. "You've got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point", Lombardo said.

Danley's sisters told Australia's 7 News that their sister might be the only one who can put the puzzle together.

It has emerged that shortly before his deadly attack, Paddock transferred $100,000 to his Filipina-Australian girlfriend Marilou Danley, who travelled to the country last month.

"He manipulated her to be completely as far away from this and safe when he did this", Eric said. In that sense, I thank him for sparing my sister's life.

One sister says she was "even (more) shocked than us" by his crime. A federal official said that she was supposed to be questioned about her arrival in the United States. She was renamed a person of interest after authorities found Paddock had wired around $100,000 to the Philippines before the attack.

Lombardo added: "It's an ongoing investigation and when I say I don't know, I may know ..."

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