International desk, October 05: The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman who shot dead 58 people on Sunday has said she had no idea what her “kind, caring, quiet” partner was planning.Marilou Danley’s comments came hours before police suggested Stephen Paddock had been living “a secret life”.
They said he may have been planning to escape instead of shooting himself dead, but did not give further details.
It is not yet known why he opened fire on an open-air concert, committing the worst shooting in modern US history.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told a press conference that:
Police had found more explosives in Paddock’s car at the hotel, along with about 1,600 rounds of ammunition
Paddock had been gambling just hours before he began shooting
He had booked into an apartment at the high-rise Ogden in downtown Las Vegas a week earlier during a different open-air festival where acts including Muse, Lorde and Blink-182 were due to play
But he said Paddock’s motivations and whether there were any possible accomplices remained a mystery. The FBI’s Aaron Rouse said so far no link to terrorism had been found but they would continue to “look at all avenues” without “closing any doors” because it was “an ongoing investigation”.
“We don’t understand it yet,” Sheriff Lombardo told reporters, but questioned whether he could have accomplished his plan by himself.
“You’ve got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point,” he said.
Ms Danley, who spoke to the FBI on Wednesday, expressed shock at the “horrible unspeakable acts of violence” Paddock had committed.
Paddock “never said anything to me or took any action” which she understood as a warning of what was to come, she said in a statement read by her lawyer.
Ms Danley added: “I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together.”