Girlfriend denies knowledge of Vegas plot

Lucy Bush
October 6, 2017

Authorities are trying to determine why Stephen Paddock killed 59 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

The Australia-based sisters of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's girlfriend say they believe Paddock sent her away so she wouldn't interfere with his plans to go on a shooting rampage.

Paddock had recently wired $100,000 to the Philippines, a U.S. law enforcement source confirmed to CNN.

Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant, quietly stockpiled an arsenal of high-powered weapons while pursuing a passion for high-stakes gambling at Nevada casinos, where his game of choice was video poker, a relatively solitary pursuit with no dealer and no humans to play against.

The father of Stephen Paddock, the man believed to be responsible for the shooting that killed 58 people and injured over 500 more, was once named to the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted List.

More than two weeks ago, Paddock told Danley that he had found a cheap ticket to the Philippines and suggested that she take a trip home to see her family, she said in her statement.

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Danley was not arrested on her arrival at Las Vegas airport, but agents were expected to speak to her in an attempt to discover what led Paddock to carry out the worst mass shooting in American history.

The 62 year-old is classified as a "person of interest" to investigators but remains free to go wherever she wants, United States media reported. Paddock committed suicide as police closed in on his location.

She was met in the United States Tuesday evening local time - Wednesday in the Philippines - by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

While investigators attempt to unravel the reason for the worst mass shooting in recent USA history, President Donald Trump went to Las Vegas to console victims and meet with police and other first responders.

The weekend before the shooting, Paddock rented a room in another Las Vegas hotel, the Ogden.

The two sisters, who repeatedly broke down during the interview, said their hearts were broken for the victims of the massacre.

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Authorities are still investigating the possible motivation behind what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

Media reports said Danley was born in the Philippines, although the Philippine foreign department and Suarez said they could not confirm that. On Wednesday, Trump was set to visit Las Vegas to meet public officials, first responders and some of the 527 people injured in the attack. Paddock killed himself in the 32nd floor hotel room he used as a vantage point to rain bullets down on people attending the Route 91 Harvest festival.

She added that "it never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone". Paddock bought 33 firearms, mostly rifles, during that period, an ATF spokesperson said.

"I didn't know him".

The gun shop, which also sells musical instruments, is located only a five-minute drive from where Paddock lived in Mesquite. She was sent away.

An FBI official in Las Vegas said no one has been taken into custody.

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Nevada's Gaming Control Board said it will pass along records compiled on Paddock and his girlfriend to investigators.

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