Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage-documents

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court documents released Friday.

While the unsealed documents corroborate earlier confirmations from law enforcement officials that Marilou Danley was out of the country at the time of the deadly shooting, investigators also believe or at one time believed that Danley was "the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock."

Danley reportedly told investigators that they should expect to find her fingerprints on some of the weapons used in the massacre, which killed 75 people, because she sometime helped Paddock load ammunition into his guns.

The agent says in the October 3 document that there was no evidence at that time of "criminal involvement" by Danley, but that investigators had not ruled out the possibility.

In the days after the shootings, authorities called Danley a "person of interest".

The message read in part: "for a thrill try out bumpfire ar's with 100 round magazine", an apparent reference to the "bump stock" device police say that Paddock affixed to a number of the firearms found in his room.

Las Vegas police Officer Aden OcampoGomez and Breault said Friday that they had no update about Paddock's motive.

Sandra Louise Garner.
Ellis County Sheriff's Office
Sandra Louise Garner. Ellis County Sheriff's Office

The records provided don't provide inventories of what was obtained from searches. Her attorney has said she had no inkling of Paddock's plans.

Investigators have said Paddock meticulously planned his attack and intentionally concealed his actions.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo later said that October 2 search found 19 guns and several pounds of potentially explosive materials. A court document said more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition also was found. Their warrant gave agents authority to search for "trace evidence" including blood and hair fibers.

Other searches were conducted at a house the gunman owned in Reno, where agents found a red SUV and a neighbor reported that Paddock kept a safe the size of a refrigerator in the garage.

Officers also raided Paddock's hotel suite where he opened fire and searched his vehicle after it was found parked in the casino parking structure.

A Nevada judge will hear arguments on Tuesday about whether Las Vegas police search warrant documents should remain sealed.

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