Las Vegas Shooting: Unsealed documents reveal new details

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

The gunman who opened fire on a music festival from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino came to Las Vegas armed with an arsenal - more than 20 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his room and more than 1,000 rounds and 100 pounds of explosive material in his vehicle, according to search warrants unsealed Friday.

A number of the devices that Paddock used in the shooting were ordered online, including a holographic weapon sight.

Paddock unleashed a rain of bullets into a crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.

Stephen Paddock's emails were disclosed in affidavits unsealed Friday after several media organizations, including The Associated Press, fought for their release. Paddock reportedly used guns equipped with the device, which allows semi-automatic weapons to fire nearly as quickly as automatic ones.


Authorities have repeatedly stated that Paddock acted alone. Danley has denied knowing anything about Paddock's plans.

The documents said Paddock had received an email from a Gmail account in July encouraging him to try an AR-style rifle before buying one. In fact, Paddock took a number of steps aimed at tripping up investigators, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation team trying to get to the bottom of the shooting wrote that the 64-year-old exhibited "a level of sophistication which is commonly found in mass casualty events".

One affidavit filed in the early days of the investigation made a reference to the gunman's health.

The documents also showed that Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, told investigators before they searched a house that the two shared that they might find her fingerprints on ammunition "because she occasionally participated in loading magazines", the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.


In her statement after the shooting, Danley said she had assumed Paddock was breaking up with her, continuing that it "never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone".

Documents posted online by the Review-Journal showed that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents sought information from Microsoft and Facebook regarding the accounts held by Paddock and Danley.

An affidavit notes that Danely's Facebook account was deleted hours after the attack. Investigators are described as puzzling over this and seeking to determine if someone else was controlling one of the accounts.

Also unveiled on Friday: Emails Paddock had exchanged about buying rifles and bump stocks months before he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.


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