LAS VEGAS, NV — The suspect police claim responsible for the deadliest shooting in U.S. history sent tens of thousands of dollars overseas in the week leading up to the Las Vegas attack, say officials.
According to a report published by Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/03/las-vegas-shooter-sent-tens-thousands-dollars-overseas-officials-say.html), the suspect, Stephen Paddock, 64, wired $100,000 to an account in his live-in girlfriend’s home country of the Philippines just days prior to opening fire in Sunday’s deadly shooting rampage during which 59 victims were killed and over 500 more were injured.
Meanwhile, senior law enforcement officials told NBC News (https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/las-vegas-shooter-gambled-least-160k-recent-weeks-n807191) that Paddock gambled with at least $160,000 in the past several weeks at Las Vegas casinos. It is not yet known how Paddock obtained such a large sum of money, but the shooter’s brother, Eric Paddock said the wire transfer likely had little to do with the shooting itself.
“One hundred thousand dollars isn’t that huge amount of money,” he said. “Condemn Steve for gambling. Steve took care of the people he loved. He made me and my family wealthy.”
“It’s like a job for him,” Paddock continued. “It’s a job where you make money. He was at the hotel for four months one time. It was like a second home.”
Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, originally hails from the Philippines and was visiting the country when the shooting took place. She is scheduled to return to the U.S. on Wednesday and police say that although they do not believe she played a direct role in the shooting, they do want to question her as she remains a “person of interest” in the case. The couple reportedly lived together in Mesquite, Nev., a city located about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
When asked about Danley’s potential involvement in the shooting, Eric Paddock said his brother may have “manipulated her so that she was far away from this and had money,” Eric Paddock added. “As he was descending into hell…he wanted to take care of her.”
ISIS, which holds a strong presence in the Philippines, claimed Monday that Paddock was “one of us” and that the shooter had converted to Islam months ago. The FBI on Tuesday discounted those claims, citing any proof of a connection between Paddock and the terror group.
Paddock was found dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound by armed police who blasted their way into his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Next to his body, police found an arsenal of weapons including more than ten rifles but no information to help them determine what drove him to open fire from his window at attendees of a country music festival carrying on below.
“It’s one of those really sad, tragic things that a man that’s 64 years old that really had no other reason that we can find at least in his history here to go out and wound that many people,” said Las Vegas Undersheriff Kevin McMahill.
A search of the suspect’s home turned up at least 19 additional firearms, explosives and several thousand additional rounds of ammunition, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday night. Several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, were also found in Paddock’s car.