The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock might be hiding something, the city’s sheriff suggested in a new interview.
“There is a lot of people that have hundreds and hundreds of guns, but for this individual to do it at a certain point in time and to do it all with such robust action, you would think that Ms. Danley would have some information associated with that,” Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told KLAS. “But currently we haven’t been able to pull that out of her, if it’s in her.”
Marilou Danley, who is still considered a person of interest in the case, told officials that she never knew the attack was going to happen. The sheriff says something seems off.
Danley will be interviewed again this week, said Lombardo, who suggested she may have been able to prevent the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, which left 59 people dead, including Paddock, and hundreds more wounded. A few days after the attack, Danley was seen being taken through the Los Angeles Airport in a wheelchair after she returned from her native country, the Philippines. Paddock, 64, had also wired $100,000 to Danley’s bank account.
“It could have been prevented on many levels,” Lombardo told KLAS. “Marilou Danley, his brother, anybody that may have had some modicum of information that would have presented this individual’s state of mind, but apparently right now we don’t know that.”
No motive has been detailed in Paddock’s case yet.
Paddock lost a lot of money since September 2015, and Lombardo suggested that may have contributed to his rampage.
“I think that might have a determining factor on what he determined to do,” Lombardo said.
And one of his laptops in the Mandalay Bay hotel room that police stormed was found to be missing its hard drive. “The hard drive was not located in the room,” Lombardo said. “We may never know where that hard drive is. It could have been removed years ago.”
Lombardo also blasted people promoting “conspiracy theories and thinking that we are trying to hide stuff or are conspiring together to hide stuff,” saying it was “ridiculous.” He also slammed Internet trolls for accusing the victims of faking deaths or injuries.
“I’m amazed at people’s mental state to post the stuff that they post,” Lombardo told KLAS. “I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I wish I could locate some of these individuals or have them present themselves to me personally and I’ll show them what happened out there.”
This week, it was reported that at least two Las Vegas officers and two security officers were on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel where Paddock had been staying, according to MGM Resorts International.
“Metro officers were together with armed Mandalay Bay security officers in the building when Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio,” MGM said, per the Washington Post. “These Metro officers and armed Mandalay Bay security officers immediately responded to the 32nd floor.”