By: Zack Duvall
New Developments in the investigation into the Sunday night massacre carried out by Stephan Paddock, a 64-year old multi-millionaire, have emerged and are providing new insight to the events leading up to the deadly shooting.
Officials have confirmed that in the week leading up to Sunday night, Paddock had wired $100,000 to the Philippines, where his live-in girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was vacationing last week.
Danley has been named a person of interest by authorities and has arrived back in the U.S. this morning and is currently being questioned by law enforcement. Officials have described the 62-year old Danley, a former casino hostess, as being “cooperative” with investigators.
Another development in the investigation so far is the completion of the search of Paddock’s Reno, Nevada property that has yielded an additional “substantial cache” of weapons and ammo along with ammunition and other personal items belonging to the shooter.
In total over 47 firearms, thousands of rounds, electronic devices and video cameras (discovered at the Mandalay Bay) were recovered by authorities in the multiple searches involved with the investigation.
Law enforcement officials have also said that “inconsistencies” in statements made by the shooters brother, Eric Paddock of Orlando, have come to light and are currently being followed up by authorities. Although the discrepancies have not led investigators to say that Eric Paddock is a focus of the investigation as of yet.
Further developments will be posted as they happen.
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Sunday night saw the deadliest mass-shooting in modern U.S. history unfold as 64-year old Stephan Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on over 22,000 attendees of the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas.
While developments are still fluid, we have put together an outline of the facts surrounding the deadly event to recap the investigation so far:
Stephan Paddock, a 64-year old retired multi-millionaire who gained his wealth in “real estate and gambling”, according to Paddock’s family members and investigators.
Investigators say that Paddock had multiple properties in the towns of Reno and Mesquite in Nevada, and had only recently moved to the area within the last couple of years. Prior to moving to Nevada, Paddock had lived in Texas and Florida where some of his immediate family still live.
Paddock has two planes registered to him
and has no known history with law enforcement or any global terror group. Although ISIS has called him one of their “soldiers”, FBI leaders have said they can “effectively rule out” and connection to extremist groups at this point.
CURRENT DEATH TOLL/VICTIM COUNT:
Current estimates by law enforcement and medical officials puts the number killed in Sunday’s shooting at 59, while the number of wounded is said to be 527.
Officials say that the death toll could rise as some victims may not survive their injuries.
THE INVESTIGATION SO FAR:
So far, local and federal agencies have executed searches of Paddock’s car, house in Mesquite and the room from which he fired on his victims. The searches have yielded everything from thousands of rounds of ammunition to ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient in homemade explosives.
In the room, police found 10 high-powered firearms, a laptop and “thousands of rounds of ammunition”, along with tri-pods used to stabilize weapons while firing.
In the suspect’s car, investigators found the ammonium nitrate and more ammunition.
Finally, in the search of the property in Mesquite officials found and additional 19 firearms and more ammunition. They also say that they found multiple more electronic devices, including computers.
Authorities have also obtained a search warrant for Paddock’s home in Reno, and are expected to begin searching that property later today.
WHAT PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM ARE SAYING:
Many of Paddock’s neighbors are describing him as “stand-offish” and “much to himself”, with a note on one of his neighbor’s door for reporters saying “we don’t know him.”
Paddock, a man who his brother Eric called “just a guy”, is thought to of had a companion by the name of Marilou Danley, who lived with him and had been located in Japan. She is currently considered by investigators as a “person of interest” and not a suspect in the Sunday massacre.
Danley, who investigators have been searching for since the events unfolded, was reportedly traveling abroad when the attacks took place and has said, according to sources, that she has no involvement in the shooting whatsoever.
But for investigators, she may be the one person who may be able to help identify a motive for the deadly attack on innocent victims attending a Las Vegas concert.
Chris Sullivan, the owner of Guns & Guitars in Mesquite, has acknowledged to authorities that he sold Paddock some of his firearms, although it is not initially clear if they were the guns used in Sunday’s shooting, but maintained Paddock “cleared all necessary background checks and procedures” when making the purchases.
“He never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time.” Sullivan told reporters on Monday.
According to law enforcement officials, Sullivan is “fully cooperating” and authorities have said that they plan to follow-up with all others involved with the transactions.