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Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend said he would lie in bed moaning

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2017-10-06 Jessica Chia
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Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, said the 64-year-old showed “mental health symptoms” that included screaming in bed, according to two former FBI officials.

Danley, who was in the Philippines when Paddock gunned down 58 people at a country music festival from the 32nd floor of a Vegas hotel room, returned to the U.S. on Tuesday, issuing a statement saying it never occurred to her that he was “planning violence against anyone.”

One source who was briefed on the matter told NBC, “She said he would lie in bed, just moaning and screaming, ‘Oh my God.’”

Four days after the meticulously planned mass shooting, Paddock’s motives remain unclear.

Despite Danley’s statements, the FBI does not believe the gunman’s mental health stands as an all-encompassing explanation for his behavior, NBC reported.

Investigators are now looking into what Paddock was doing inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino room where he was barricaded for an hour after he shot a security guard at 10:17 p.m. on Saturday, 12 minutes after the first shots rang out.

Paddock was found dead inside the room by the time a SWAT team eventually breached the hotel door with an explosive at 11:20 p.m.

Investigators are also looking into the media devices Paddock had in the room, one of the former FBI officials told NBC.

Paddock booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements before he undertook the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

It remains unclear whether Paddock had been contemplating massacres at those sites, although authorities are looking into the possibility he planned additional attacks, including a car bombing.

Authorities previously disclosed Paddock had 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car, along with fertilizer that can be used to make explosives and 50 pounds of Tannerite, a substance used in explosive rifle targets.

In the meantime, Las Vegas police announced Thursday that they had found a Hyundai Tucson they had been searching for as part of the probe while executing a search warrant at the home in Reno that Paddock shared with Danley.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the car was found on Thursday or earlier in the week when police searched the home and found several guns and ammunition.

Paddock had an arsenal of 23 weapons in his hotel room. A dozen of them included “bump stocks,” attachments that can effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons.

Investigators uncovered at least 24 other firearms in two of Paddock’s homes.

With News Wire Services.

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