Authorities say Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend remains a “person of interest” in Vegas shooting

The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock — the man who killed 59 and wounded more than 500 others at a Las Vegas concert late Sunday — is considered a “person of interest” in the investigation, Clark County sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Tuesday afternoon at a press conference.

Marilou Danley, who lived in Nevada with Paddock, was sought as a person of interest in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, but several outlets reported Monday that the 62-year-old was no longer considered a person of interest.

She was apparently abroad at the time of the shooting and is cooperating with investigators, Lombardo told reporters.

What we know about Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock
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What we know about Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock
Stephen Paddock, 64, allegedly opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, leaving at least 59 people dead and hundreds injured.

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He reportedly used a hammer-like tool to break out two windows at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Stephen Paddock was reportedly a high-stakes gambler that lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada.

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His father was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a bank robber and former FBI Most Wanted Fugitive.

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Paddock killed himself before authorities breached his hotel room and investigators say he acted alone.

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Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting but he reportedly used her identification to check in at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

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Stephen Paddock lived in this home in Melbourne, Florida from 2013 to 2015.

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Police said Paddock had no criminal record.

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NBC News reported that Paddock made several large gambling transactions in recent weeks, but that it wasn't clear if they were wins or losses.

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Paddock reportedly purchased firearms at  Guns & Guitars, a gun shop in Mesquite, Nevada. 

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Paddock's brother, Eric, said his sibling belonged to no political or religious organizations, and had no history of mental illness.

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Paddock's brother described him as a "wealthy guy" and said he liked to play video poker and go on cruises.

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He worked as an accountant and had real estate investments, according to the Washington Post. 

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Paddock had his pilot license and owned at least one plane, according to Reuters.

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Danley is currently in the Philippines, where she is from, and is returning to the United States, Lombardo said.

On Tuesday afternoon, it was reported that Paddock had wired $100,000 to the Philippines last week, but it is not clear if the money was for Danley.

There’s no word yet on Paddock’s motive in the incident, but Lombardo on Tuesday confirmed that the shooter had several cameras both in and outside the room, including one on a hotel service cart. He would not say if Paddock had recorded the incident, but said that the FBI is reviewing the evidence.

Paddock, 64, had prepared “extensively” for the shooting, which lasted nine minutes, Lombardo said. Paddock had also received room service at some point during his stay at Mandalay Bay, according to the sheriff, who praised the “fantastic” hotel security for helping police the night of the shooting.

Lombardo said that all but three of Paddock’s victims have been identified as of Tuesday afternoon.

The incident surpassed 2016’s Pulse nightclub massacre as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history and has reignited a national debate over gun control.

Lombardo on Tuesday was asked if he is worried about his officers facing advanced weaponry of the sort Paddock had in his Las Vegas hotel room.

“I’m absolutely concerned,” Lombardo said. “The world has changed. Who would have ever imagined this situation? I couldn’t imagine it.”

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