FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes

FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes

FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes

The details suggesting the attack may have been planned months in advance were part of more than 300 pages of search warrants unsealed by a federal judge in Nevada, according to the Los Angeles Times, one of several publications that sought release of the documents.

However, new questions were raised after a US judge in Nevada unsealed the documents revealing some of what federal agents had learned about shooter Stephen Paddock in the week after the Las Vegas attack.

An hour before Las Vegas cops released Stephen Paddock's name, Danley deleted her Facebook account, about the October 1 mass murder of 58 people attending an outdoor country music concert on the Strip.

Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, plays a central role in the court documents.

Marilou Danley was traveling in the Philippines on October 1 when Paddock fired a barrage of shots from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino.

Authorities released Paddock's name about an hour after Danley deleted her account.

Danley had been identified early in the investigation as "the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock based on her informing law enforcement that her fingerprints would likely be found on the ammunition used during the attack", according to an affidavit.

Documents said that Danley remained "the subject of intensive review", but there was no evidence that she assisted Paddock. "With the shooter dead and no indication that co-conspirators were involved, authorities have no legitimate reason to lock down records related to their investigations".

Paddock bought numerous items on the Internet during the 12 months leading up to the attack. Danley stood only elbow high to Paddock, a tall man with a beer belly.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey allowed the government to keep one affidavit sealed pending a hearing before a Nevada judge on Tuesday about whether Las Vegas police search warrant documents should also be made public.

Authorities also revealed in the court documents emails from Amazon to Paddock's email account with his home in Mesquite as the destination.

The warrants released Friday also produced a puzzling email exchange that Paddock appeared to have with himself. We have a huge selection.

That would mean "investigators need to determine who was communicating with him about weapons that were used in the attack", one of the warrants said. "Located in the Las Vegas area".

In the affidavit, investigators said they believed the communications may have been related to the eventual attack.

Paddock shot and killed himself before police arrived at his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on the night of the shootings.

The Los Angeles Times reported that investigators were not sure why Paddock would send emails between accounts he controlled, or whether one was controlled by another person.

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