LAS VEGAS — The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman stated Wednesday she had no concept of the bloodbath he was plotting when he despatched her on a visit overseas to see her household.
Marilou Danley issued the assertion after coming back from her native Philippines and being questioned for a lot of the day by FBI brokers. She was overseas for greater than two weeks.
She stated she was initially happy when Stephen Paddock wired her cash within the Philippines to purchase a home for her household, however she later feared it was a solution to break up together with her.
“It by no means occurred to me in any in any way that he was planning violence towards anybody,” Danley stated in a press release learn by her lawyer Matthew Lombard outdoors FBI headquarters in Los Angeles.
She additionally stated: “He by no means stated something to me or took any motion that I used to be conscious of that I understood in any strategy to be a warning that one thing horrible like this was going to occur.”
Danley spoke with the FBI for a number of hours as investigators struggled to get contained in the thoughts of Paddock, a frustratingly opaque determine who carried out his excessive-rise bloodbath with out leaving the plain-sight clues typically discovered after main acts of bloodshed.
Danley, sixty two, who has been referred to as a “individual of curiosity” by investigators.
Investigators are busy reconstructing Paddock’s life, conduct and the individuals he encountered within the weeks main as much as the deadliest mass capturing in trendy U.S. historical past, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stated. That features analyzing his pc and cellphone.
However as of Wednesday, investigators have been unable to elucidate what led Paddock to rain heavy hearth down on a rustic music pageant Sunday night time from the home windows of his thirty second-flooring room on the Mandalay Bay lodge on line casino. He killed himself as police closed in. The assault left greater than 500 individuals injured.
“This particular person and this assault didn’t depart the kind of instantly accessible thumbprints that you simply discover on some mass casualty assaults,” McCabe stated.
The sixty four-yr-previous retired accountant quietly stockpiled an arsenal of excessive-powered weapons whereas pursuing a ardour for top-stakes playing at Nevada casinos, the place his recreation of selection was video poker, a comparatively solitary pursuit with no vendor and no people to play towards.
Neighbors described Paddock as pleasant, however he wasn’t near them.
“He was a personal man. That’s why you’ll be able to’t discover out something about him,” his brother, Eric Paddock,…