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Girlfriend of Las Vegas killer says he left her in the dark

Girlfriend of Las Vegas killer says he left her in the dark”

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that Stephen Paddock, the man who murdered 59 people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, also had cameras in his room, including one apparently monitoring the corridor approach.

- As NPR's Lauren Hodges and Doreen McCallister report, Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was visiting family in the Philippines at the time of Sunday's shooting, says through her lawyer that the man she described as a "kind, caring, quiet man" gave her no "warning that something disgusting like this was going to happen".

Danley said Paddock bought her a ticket for the Philippines to visit her family and later sent her money - $100,000 - to buy a house.

"She was probably one of the only people I've ever seen that he'd go out of his way to do a little thing for", he said. "I was grateful, but honestly I was anxious at first that the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me".

Marilou Danley flew out of Manila's worldwide airport on Tuesday night for Los Angeles, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP.

Her attorney, Matt Lombard, said after the interview that she had no knowledge of Paddock's plans.

Paddock's brother Eric told reporters the $100,000 transfer was evidence that "Steve took care of the people he loved", and that he probably wanted to protect Danley by sending her overseas before the attack.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents questioned the Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend on Wednesday as they struggled to get inside the mind of Stephen Paddock, a frustratingly opaque figure who carried out his high-rise massacre without leaving the plain-sight clues often found after major acts of bloodshed.

Family members and former neighbours were shocked to see Danley's name surface in connection with the shooting on news reports, as police sought to find her hours after Paddock killed himself in his hotel room.

"I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody", Lombardo said.

Danley, who was twice married before her relationship with Paddock, became a focus of the investigation for having shared his retirement community condo in Mesquite, Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas, before leaving the United States for the Philippines in mid-September. "She was away so that she will not be there to interfere with what he's planning".

Lombardo also told reporters evidence collected from the shooter's room suggests he meant to survive and escape, though Lombardo did not specify what that evidence was. I'll fix it. Do not panic.

Interestingly, Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the attack, and Paddock had wired almost $100,000 to someone in the country before he went on his killing spree, seeming to indicate that the was trying to ensure his loved one would be safe from reprisal in the fallout of his plan, legal or otherwise.

Media reports said Danley was born in the Philippines, although the Philippine foreign department and Suarez said they could not confirm that. The Las Vegas sheriff said of Campos, "His bravery was incredible".

"I called her up immediately and she said, 'Relax, we shouldn't worry about it".

But before the marriage ended, Marilou Danley met Paddock. His mother then struggled to support her three sons, making Paddock a real American success story in many ways, as despite a strained relationship with his brothers, he and brother Eric managed to build a lucrative real estate investment business together.

There were several vigils held at twilight in Las Vegas on Thursday, including one for Officer Charleston Hartfield, who was off-duty and attending the concert when he was killed.



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