Man Who Sold Ammo to Las Vegas Gunman Speaks Out
Douglas Haig of Mesa, Arizona, is a man who sold ammunition to Stephen Paddock, the alleged perpetrator of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead.
Haig’s name came to the forefront after two judges in Las Vegas ordered the release of warrant records and autopsy records related to the shooting.
It turned out Haig was marked as a person of interest in the investigation “who may have conspired with Stephen Paddock to commit Murder with a Deadly Weapon,” according to the Metropolitan Police Department document cited by Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The document was prepared in October. It is not clear whether investigators are still interested in Haig.
An Amazon box with Haig’s address on it was found in the hotel room where Paddock was found dead after the shooting.
Haig said he met with Paddock a few weeks before the shooting and sold him 720 rounds of ammunition from his home gun business.
“I couldn’t detect anything wrong with this guy,” he told CBS News. “He told me exactly what he wanted. I handed him a box with the ammunition in it, and he paid me and he left.”
Paddock was buying tracer rounds that light up when flying towards their target.
“He said he was going to go put on a light show. And I can’t remember whether he said for or with his friends, but that’s what he did say,” Haig said.
Haig acknowledged he spoke with the investigators.
“I felt that they were hoping that they could find a connection between myself and Paddock, that would go back showing that I supplied him with most of his ammunition, possibly even some firearms,” Haig said. “They’re not gonna find it. I talked to the guy three times.”
The profile also shows him working at Honeywell Aerospace, an aircraft engine and avionics manufacturer. Steve Brecken, spokesman for Honeywell Aerospace, confirmed to the Review-Journal on Tuesday, Jan. 30, that Haig works for the company.
Haig’s prior jobs include an engineering post at Boeing (Aug. 2010 – June 2013), where he worked on the (now canceled) A160 unmanned helicopter program, holding a top-secret clearance.
Before that, he worked at military contractor Northrop Grumman (Nov 2004 – Aug. 2010) as a senior engineer responsible for the development of advanced air, land, and sea military platforms—again with a top-secret clearance.
He also worked as advanced materials development engineer at Boeing (March 1991 – Sept. 2004), where he started shortly after getting a mechanical engineering Bachelor’s degree from California State University in Sacramento.
Haig said he closed his home business. He said he doesn’t blame himself for the shooting, but thinks of his handling of the encounter with Paddock.
“I’m still racking my brain for what did I miss. Why didn’t I pick this up?” he said.
Haig is expected to hold a press conference on Friday.