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Massacre probe turns to gunman’s girlfriend-4 Canadians among those killed

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Published on October 06, 2017 with No Comments

  • Live-in companion returns to US from Philippines
  • Wire transfer of $100,000 under probe
  • How did the shooter get such a large arsenal?

Meticulously planned assault

  • The police said Stephen Paddock fired at the concert crowd with bullets for nine to 11 minutes before taking his own life, and had set up cameras inside and outside his hotel suite so he could see police as they closed in on his location
  • Before he mowed down concert goers from his 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday night, Paddock created a ring of surveillance around him
  • Video cameras in his suite, two cameras in the hallway and one in the suite door peephole allowed Paddock to see if law enforcement or security were approaching.
  • The US official said investigators had also uncovered evidence that Paddock may have rehearsed his plans at other venues before ultimately carrying out his attack on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival near the Mandalay Bay hotel

            4 Canadians among those killed

At least four Canadians who were killed and another four who were injured during the mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip on Sunday. A model with two young sons and a restaurant staffer about to be promoted to manager are among the Canadians confirmed dead in a mass shooting at a country music show in Las Vegas. Roe Smith worked with Calgary modelling agency Sophia Models International for 10 years Tara Roe Smith, who was 34 and lived in Okotoks, Alta., was there with her husband, Zach, and another couple for a weekend getaway, said her aunt, Val Rodgers. She was there with her husband, Zach, and another couple for a weekend getaway, said her aunt, Val Rodgers.

The pursuit by police to understand why a retiree shot 59 persons to death in Las Vegas has turned to the gunman’s girlfriend, who  flew back to the United States from the Philippines facing investigators’ questions about what she knew of his motives.

Stephen Paddock, who killed himself moments before police stormed the hotel suite he had transformed into a sniper’s nest , left no clear clues as to his reasons for staging the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Law enforcement authorities were hoping to obtain some answers from the woman identified as Paddock’s live-in companion, Marilou Danley, who Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo called a “person of interest” in the investigation.

Danley boarded a Philippine Airlines passenger jet in Manila, where she had travelled to before the shooting rampage, for a non-stop flight to Los Angeles International Airport, landing there as scheduled on Tuesday night.

Investigators were examining a $100,000 wire transfer Paddock sent to an account in the Philippines that “appears to have been intended” for Danley, a senior US homeland security official told media.

Danley’s return to the United States is the latest development in a case which has baffled investigators for its lack of any apparent motive by the killer. It comes ahead of a condolence visit by President Donald Trump to Las Vegas on Wednesday.

 

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