Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

October: Vegas Shooter's Girlfriend Said She Handled Ammo

October: Vegas Shooter's Girlfriend Said She Handled Ammo

Paddock, the man behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, killed himself after opening fire on a crowd of concertgoers from his hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 others.

Hundreds of pages of search warrant documents related to the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting were unsealed on Friday.

People flee fropm the Las Vegas country music festival after lone gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from a hotel window.

But why the 64-year-old Paddock shot up the Route 91 Harvest festival on October 1 remains a mystery, and the search warrants - despite revealing his large cache of weaponry - raise more questions than answers about his actions and motive. Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more before killing himself.

Investigators said he used anonymous communications devices, including a prepaid cellphone, to cover his tracks and employed a "level of sophistication which is commonly found in mass casualty events". According to CNN, the documents do give a peek at what investigators knew about the case and believed about Paddock's actions at the time the search warrants were filed. One of the warrants described how Mr Paddock "destroyed or tried to hide digital media devices".

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"While investigators obtained a DNA buccal swab sample from Danley", one search warrant request stated, "she spontaneously stated that her fingerprints would likely be found on Paddock's ammunition because she occasionally participated in loading magazines". Authorities noted, however, that they did not rule out the possibility.

Stephen Paddock's emails were disclosed in affidavits unsealed Friday after several media organizations, including The Associated Press, fought for their release. One conclusion, as per the New York Times: "Paddock planned the attack meticulously and took many methodical steps to avoid detection of his plot and to thwart the eventual law enforcement investigation that would follow". "Investigators believe this piece of equipment was utilized in the attack carried out by Stephen Paddock", the affidavit read.

Meanwhile, emails reviewed by investigators have confirmed that Paddock sent an unspecified amount of money to Danley in September, the Review-Journal reported.

But investigators said the use of bump stocks on the night of the shooting allowed Paddock to fire rifles nearly as though they were automatic weapons.

In the days after the shootings, authorities called Danley a "person of interest".

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Officials with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did not return a request for comment. Danley has denied knowing anything about Paddock's plans.

Documents posted online by the Review-Journal showed that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents sought information from Microsoft and Facebook regarding accounts held by Paddock and Ms Danley. She had set her Facebook account to private and later deleted the account.

One instance where investigators identified two email account attached to him - and - an exchange began with "Try an ar before u buy".

It is not known who the latter email account belongs to.

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