On Sunday, October 1, a concert turned into the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. A gunman opened fire on a crowd of over 20,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
The 64-year-old gunman, Stephen Paddock, shot down on the crowd from the 32nd-floor balcony at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Paddock shot and killed at least 58 people and injured at least 500 more.
When the SWAT team reached Paddock, he had reportedly shot and killed himself. Since then, police and investigators have been searching endlessly to try to find the shooter’s motive.
Thus far, police are considering this a “lone wolf” case, because there is no indication that anyone else was involved. They do presume that it was a premeditated attack, as the gunman seemed to be highly prepared.
The only person that police originally thought was connected to the incident was Paddock’s roommate and companion, 62-year-old Marilou Danley. While they still consider her a “person of interest,” the day after the attack police said that they did not believe she was an accomplice.
Danley was out of the country when the attack took place. While some initial reports said that she was in Tokyo, later reports said that she was in the Philippines. Reports came out yesterday claiming that she was in Hong Kong.
While it is unclear where exactly Danley was, reports surfaced revealing some peculiar information about her trip. Her sister spoke out, telling reporters that Paddock had “sent away” Danley so that he could go through with the attack.
Additionally, Paddock reportedly wired $100,000 to the Philippines a week before the shooting. Yesterday, Danley finally arrived back in the states and was swiftly escorted away by the FBI for interrogation.
Matthew Lombard, Danley’s attorney, said that the woman was fully compliant with the investigators and that she was willing to volunteer any information that she could. Danley then released her first official statement.
She said, "I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred. I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. I loved him and hoped to have a quiet future with him…He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood as a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.”
NBC News reported that investigators are looking to find out certain key information from Danley, including whether or not Paddock rented the same hotel rooms the weekend before for a “dry run,” his mass purchased of weapons, about his finances, and about his travels. They also want to find out about his gambling, which appeared to be an addiction.
Ultimately, investigators are looking to find out the motive of the shooter. As we find out more information about Danley, we will update readers here.
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