Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Las Vegas shooting

Pauline Gross
January 21, 2018

Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people and wounded more than 700 others in a mass shooting in Las Vegas in October of 2017, carefully planned his attack for months, according to a new report published by the Las Vegas Police Department.

Federal court documents made public Friday showed that as of October 6, the FBI considered Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, "the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock". It says the shooter, Stephen Paddock, did a lot of research before the massacre. "Paddock would move from window to window looking at the site from different angles", according to the report.

Investigators believe Paddock acted alone and did not leave a suicide note or manifesto before he was found dead in the room. CNN previously reported that Paddock's brother was charged with possession of child pornography. The doctor offered him antidepressants, but Paddock accepted only a prescription for anxiety medication. The shooter's doctor suspected he might have suffered from bipolar disorder and Paddock had told friends he always felt ill, in pain and worn out, according to the Associated Press.

The 64-year-old retired accountant was a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor. Authorities said they don't anticipate charges being brought against Danley, who has cooperated with investigators.

On the night of October 1, Paddock fired more than 1,100 bullets from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay into a crowd of 22,000 people gathered for the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. His research also sought the number of attendees at other concerts in Las Vegas and the size of the crowds at Santa Monica's beach.

The press briefing was an effort to provide answers in what has been a baffling few months, as investigators have attempted to answer some of the questions posed by one of the largest mass shootings the USA has ever seen.

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Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said this week one possible motive could involve the Paddock's loss of "significant amount of wealth" before the shooting.

Danley became the focus of the investigation for having shared his retirement community condo in Mesquite, Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas, before leaving the United States for the Philippines in mid-September.

The Las Vegas Police Department are still involved in an ongoing investigation, with a more thorough final report still expected, possibly by the end of 2018.

Danley's lawyer, Matthew Lombard in Los Angeles, did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages Tuesday.

According to the preliminary report, Paddock used several large suitcases to smuggle his guns into the hotel over a period of days to avoid suspicion, and police also recovered several surveillance cameras that he used as a makeshift alert system in the hallway outside his room to let him know when authorities were approaching.

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