‘Never had any idea he was upto such destructive massacre’ says shocked girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman 

October 5, 2017, 11:28 am
‘Never had any idea he was upto such destructive massacre’ says shocked girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman 
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‘Never had any idea he was upto such destructive massacre’ says shocked girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman 

‘Never had any idea he was upto such destructive massacre’ says shocked girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman 

The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the gunman who opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas earlier this week, said Wednesday that she had no warning about his plans to carry out the massacre.

"I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man," Marilou Danley, Paddock's girlfriend, said in a statement. "He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen."

Danley was out of the country when Paddock, 64, carried out his rampage, officials said. She returned late Tuesday to Los Angeles, where FBI agents interviewed her on Wednesday.

"I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred and my prayers go out to the victims and their families and all those who have been hurt by these awful events," Danley said.

Danley said that she left the country because Paddock bought her a ticket to visit her family in the Philippines. While there, she said, Paddock wired her money that he explained was meant to help her purchase a home for Danley and her family.

"I was grateful, but honestly, I was worried, that first, the unexpected trip home, and then the money, was a way of breaking up with me," she said. "It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone."

Paddock brought a small arsenal into a two-room suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and began raining bullets on the thousands of concertgoers far below.

Federal agents - who are assisting the Las Vegas police in the investigation - have essentially two critical questions for Danley: Did she have any idea what motivated him, and did she have any knowledge of what was about to take place and not alert authorities? That was deemed to be the case with Noor Salman, the wife of the Orlando, Florida, gunman who killed 49 people last year. Salman was later arrested and charged with aiding and abetting terrorism and obstructing justice.

Amid a backdrop of anguish and questions, President Donald Trump on Wednesday headed to Las Vegas to visit with survivors of the attack and law enforcement personnel. He echoed authorities in saying that they have not identified a motive.