Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Vegas gunman had emailed about bump stocks

Vegas gunman had emailed about bump stocks

In the days after the shootings, authorities called Danley a "person of interest."

Paddock, firing from his high-rise hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay resort, killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others at a country-music festival on the Las Vegas Strip far below before killing himself, police said.

A US judge is being asked to unseal documents telling what federal agents learned before searching properties belonging to the gunman responsible for the October 1 massacre on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Lombardo said at a law enforcement appreciation event Saturday that his department is transparent and "not hiding anything from anybody" about the October 1 attack.

"We have a wide variety of optics and ammunition to try", another email sent the same day said.

A third read: "For a thrill try out bump fire ar's with 100 round magazine".

Las Vegas Police Officer Aden Ocampo Gomez and Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sandra Breault said Friday that they had no update about Paddock's motive.

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Paddock's email address and the Gmail address had similar names, leading investigators to suspect that he may have been emailing himself, although they couldn't figure out why. The FBI special agent who signed the affidavit argued that since only that phone was locked, any information related to a criminal conspiracy would be found on it.

Authorities wrote in one filing that they believe Paddock was controlling two email accounts that were exchanging messages discussing weapons used in the attack.

Danely offered this information as investigators were preparing to take a DNA swab from her, the records state.

"In the warrants, agents pushed for access to Danley's email account, saying that "[it could] lead investigators to determine the full scope of Stephen Paddock's plan and Marilou Danley's possible involvement".

The agent also noted: "this aspect of the investigation is still the subject of intense review".

The court records also show that investigators sought to preserve the content of social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook linked to Paddock and Danely.

Microsoft and Facebook did not immediately respond to emails and calls for confirmation. She "corroborated much of what had been previously deduced by investigators", an agent wrote in one filing, and remained "adamant" she was unaware of Paddock's intentions. In one affidavit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation notes that Danley's Facebook account was set to private and then deleted in the hours after the shooting.

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