Records show Federal Bureau of Investigation knew of Vegas gunman's gear

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A federal judge in Nevada unsealed hundreds of pages of FBI documents about the Las Vegas massacre Friday, giving new insight into the gunman and the months leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

After the shooting, police found 19 guns and several pounds of potentially explosive materials at Paddock's three-bedroom house in a retirement community in the city of Mesquite.

The FBI affidavit states that when investigators took a DNA sample from Danley, "she spontaneously stated that her fingerprints would likely be found on Paddock's ammunition because she occasionally participated in loading magazines". A court document said more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition also was found.

The motive of the shooter is still unknown. A "large quantity of firearms" was recovered from another residence he had in Reno.

Danley has not been charged in the attack, but according to an affidavit, she was "identified thus far as the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock based on her informing law enforcement that her fingerprints would likely be found on the ammunition used during the attack". Other search warrants revealed more than 1,000 rounds and 100 pounds of explosive material in his auto.

One agent wrote that he believed "if there were any information related to a potential conspiracy, it would be found within" the locked phones. Danley stood only elbow high to Paddock, a tall man with a beer belly.

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An FBI agent told a judge in an October 3 document that Danley wasn't arrested when she returned to the US; she had provided a DNA sample to authorities, and she was cooperating with investigators. FBI spokesman Sandra Breault in Las Vegas said late Friday that she could not comment about Danley or the investigation. There is a mention of Paddock's health in one affidavit, with an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent saying that he "may have been treated for yet unidentified medical conditions", but the agent does not elaborate.

Ten pages of the search warrant documents remained sealed ahead of a Nevada state court hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, according to the documents, Paddock apparently sent emails to himself in July from four different accounts. Authorities have said Paddock used a "bump stock", a device that can make semiautomatic guns mimic the rapid fire of automatic weapons.

"Investigators have been unable to figure out why Stephen Paddock would be exchanging messages related to weapons that were utilized in the attack between two of his email accounts".

The Los Angeles Times reported that investigators were not sure why Paddock would send emails between accounts he controlled, or whether one was controlled by another person.

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