Police said they had evidence suggesting Paddock, who gunned down 58 people from the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Hotel, planned to survive after carrying out the worst mass shooting in modern United States history. Danley, 62, returned to the United States from the Philippines on Tuesday night, October 3, 2017, and was met at Los Angeles International Airport by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, according to a law enforcement official.
Stephen Paddock, the gunman who massacred dozens of people in Las Vegas on Sunday, was a high-stakes gambler who wired thousands of dollars to the Philippines - the home country of his girlfriend Marilou Danley - just days before the shooting, a federal official said.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said the Sunday night attack was the work of a "crazed lunatic full of hate". "You're going to be ok.' Because I truly believed it".
- Lombardo said that Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on September 28 - three days before the shooting - and specifically requested an upper floor with a view of the Route 91 Harvest music festival - the event that became his target.
Before Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino last Thursday, authorities said had secured a rental at The Ogden, a condominium complex, through a private owner on Airbnb, around the time of the Life is handsome concert, which took place September 22 to September 25. Police don't know if the devices were transmitting - the FBI is investigating their use - but the Clark County sheriff said he thinks Paddock might have used them to watch for people approaching his room. Lombardo declined to say what led authorities to believe he planned an escape.
"I reiterate he has no knowledge of Mr. Paddock or any knowledge as to why Mr. Paddock would do such a disgusting awful thing", his daughter said.
As the gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, set off round after round, gun smoke filled his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, said Randy Sutton, a retired lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, citing police sources.
Law enforcement officials who have been briefed on the investigation told CNN on Thursday they have seen no indication that Paddock had an accomplice or that anyone was aware of his planning.
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Paddock owned at least 47 guns purchased in Nevada, Utah, California and Texas, and he brought at least 23 weapons to his hotel room, mostly rifles, officials said.
As for why he went on the murderous rampage, his brother in Florida, Eric Paddock, told reporters: "I can't even make something up". Investigators are trying to trace that money. Authorities had initially said she likely wasn't involved in the shooting. But she later feared it was a way to break up with her.
She said she loved Paddock as a "kind, caring, quiet man" and hoped they would have a future together. Later, Lombardo said Danley is out of the country and that authorities would speak further with her when she returned to the U.S.
But this description of him verbally abusing his girlfriend does raise an important question about how Paddock treated those closest to him.
"He was a private guy". As for what triggered the massacre, the brother said, "Something happened that drove him into the pit of hell".
Paddock, who was twice divorced, liked to gamble, and at one time had jobs at the US Post Office and the IRS, had no significant criminal history and was previously unknown to police.
Eric Paddock said his brother also was a successful real estate investor who owned apartments and houses.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met privately with victims at a Las Vegas hospital Wednesday and then with police officers and dispatchers, praising them and the doctors who treated the wounded. "He was so rude to her in front of us".