Investigators are trying to identify and track down a woman seen with Stephen Paddock in the days before he committed Sunday’s mass shooting, law enforcement officials told NBC News. As of now, police don’t know if the mystery woman has any ties to the massacre that killed at least 58 people and injured over 500. However, they are certain speaking with her could help build a timeline of Paddock's last days before he shot rounds of ammunition down at concert goers from his 32nd floor hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference Wednesday night that Paddock, 64, might have had some help.
“He had to have some help at some point,” Lombardo said. “Maybe he’s a super-guy. … Maybe he’s super-yahoo, was working out all this on his own, but it would be hard for me to believe that.”
In Paddock’s car, multiple containers of the explosive material Tannerite and 1,600 rounds of ammunition were found. Also discovered were 23 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the shooter’s hotel room. An additional arsenal of weapons were found in the shooter’s home, according to CNN.
Paddock's longtime girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was apparently sent to the Philippines by Paddock over a week before the shooting. She is from the Philippines, although she does also have citizenship in Australia. She was interviewed by police when she arrived back home to the United States on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, she was met by FBI agents at the airport.
In a statement read Wednesday by her attorney, Danley said, "He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood as a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen."
She expressed sadness about the shooting and about her future plans, which have now appeared to crumble.
"I loved him and hoped to have a quiet future with him."
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