LAS VEGAS GUNMAN STEPHEN PADDOCK’S GIRLFRIEND IS “A PERSON OF INTEREST” IN THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO AMERICA’S WORST MASS SHOOTING, POLICE SAID ON TUESDAY.
NTEB EDITOR’S NOTE: ISIS has been claiming that Mandalay Bay shooter Stephen Paddock had converted to Islam months before his horrific shooting rampage. While they have yet to produce actual evidence connecting Paddock with Islam, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo now says that the shooter and his girlfriend ‘may have been radicalized’. Hmm…sounds like what we said yesterday.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Clark County said detectives are in contact with Marilou Danley, who was travelling in the Philippines at the time of the massacre and remains there. “The investigation with her is ongoing and we anticipate some further information from her shortly,” he told reporters. “Currently she is a person of interest.”
Lombardo declined to comment on an NBC news report that 64-year-old Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines some time in the week before the attack.
Paddock opened fire from the windows of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 59 people – all but three of whom have been identified – and injuring more than 500 at a country music festival. Police stormed his room and found he had killed himself.
Lombardo said the first report to police came at 10.08pm and Paddock continued to fire for nine minutes. The sheriff also told a press conference Paddock had set up cameras inside and outside his room, including one on a food service trolley. “I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” he said.
The evidence offers an insight into Paddock’s careful planning of the shooting. Lombardo said: “I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troubling.”
Police have said they found 23 guns in Paddock’s room at the hotel. The sheriff added: “We are aware of a device called a bump stock that enables an individual to speed up the discharge of ammunition.” Bump stocks can be used to modify guns and make them fire as if they were fully automatic.
He also said authorities had completed their investigation at the gunman’s property in Reno, finding five handguns, two shotguns and a “plethora” of ammunition.
PADDOCK’S MOTIVE REMAINS UNKNOWN. “THIS PERSON MAY HAVE RADICALISED, UNBEKNOWNST TO US, AND WE WANT TO IDENTIFY THAT SOURCE.”
The sheriff said the number of people injured would go down slightly because of some double counting. “We also had very heroic acts of people attending the event … Citizens providing medical aid and transport for people to get to the hospital.”
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