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Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend deleted Facebook after attack

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 13/01/2018 Jessica Chia
a group of people riding on the back of a horse: Paddock fired more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 1. © David Becker/Getty Images Paddock fired more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 1.

The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock deleted her Facebook account just hours after the mass shooting, according to search warrants unsealed on Friday.

While Marilou Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the massacre, investigators said she was “the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock,” according to documents handed over by federal prosecutors that were obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Danley, who has not been charged with a crime, denied having any knowledge of Paddock’s “meticulous” plans for what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

A casino player’s card bearing Danley’s name was found in the 32nd floor hotel room where Paddock fired more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 1.

At 12:30 a.m., investigators with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department noticed Danley changed her Facebook privacy settings.

Her account was then deleted by 2:46 a.m., according to the documents.

Investigators filed search warrants seeking access to online accounts controlled by Paddock and Danley. But more than three months after the shooting, a motive for the attack remains unclear.

The investigation zeroed in on Danley, who “spontaneously” told authorities that “her fingerprints would likely be found on Paddock’s ammunition because she occasionally participated in loading magazines,” the documents state.

Paddock left behind a big cache of firearms, ammunition, and explosives, a large portion of which he bought online in the 12 months leading up to the attack, according to the court documents.

The 64-year-old “planned the attack meticulously and took many methodical steps...to thwart” the impending investigation, the documents state.

“The steps included the apparent destruction and/or concealment of digital storage media and the use of anonymously attributed communications devices,” according to the FBI agent.

Paddock, who “may have been treated for yet unidentified medical conditions,” sent messages between two email accounts he controlled.

One email read, “try an ar before u buy we have huge selection located in the las vegas area.”

That same day, another email read, “we have a wide variety of optics and ammunition to try.”

A third message stated, “for a thrill try out bumpfire ar’s with a 100 round magazine.”

The emails are believed to be related to the attack, although it remains unclear why Paddock would send himself messages as investigators are looking into the possibility someone else had access to the accounts.

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