It’s been four months since a deadly shooting took the lives of 58 people and injured more than 500 after police say 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired over 1,000 rounds from the window of the Mandalay Bay hotel, targeting the crowd at a Las Vegas concert below.
Now an arrest has been made in connection with the case.
Douglas Haig of Mesa, Arizona had his name accidentally exposed to the public in a police warrant, according to the New York Times. He admitted to selling the now-deceased Paddock 720 rounds of ammunition the month before the Oct. 1 attack.
Haig says he met Paddock at a gun show and later at Haig’s home, where he sold Paddock the tracer ammo — bullets that leave streaks of light, making it potentially easier for marksmen to correct their aim for their next shot.
Under the accusation that he played a role in the attack, Haig told reporters on Friday, “I had no contribution to what Paddock did. I had no way to see into his mind. The product that I sold him had absolutely nothing to do with what he did. I’m a vendor, I’m a merchant whose name was released.”
He says he’s been very cooperative with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after they contacted him shortly following the shooting. He also added that selling that amount of ammo was “very common” for him, and at no time did Paddock arouse his suspicions.
According to Haig, Paddock told him he was simply "going to go out to the desert to put on a light show, either with or for his friends" with the tracer rounds.
But later on Friday, ABC News reported that Haig was arrested. According to their sources, he’s been charged with “illegally selling armor piercing bullets” to Paddock.
The Associated Press confirmed the arrest, adding that he was charged with actually manufacturing the armor-piercing rounds. Bullets Paddock didn't fire were found in his Mandalay Bay hotel room with Haig's fingerprints on them.
Haig reportedly lacked a license to manufacture those types of rounds. The AP noted that court documents have not specified if Paddock fired any of Haig's rounds during the prolonged attacked.
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