Marilou Danley, the Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend, arrived in Los Angeles on a flight from Manila Tuesday night. According to the Associated Press, she was met by FBI agents at the airport.
Danley is from the Philippines but she also has citizenship in Australia.
Philippines immigration spokeswoman Antonette Mangrobang said Wednesday that Danley was in the country at the time at the shooting, and had been since September 25. On Sunday, Danley’s boyfriend, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, committed the deadliest shooting in American history, killing at least 59 people and injuring over 500 at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The victims were shot from a smashed out window of a 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The Clark County Sheriff has called Danley a “person of interest.” Police are hoping she can give insight into her boyfriend’s motive behind the shooting. Meanwhile, details about their relationship have emerged.
According to the Washington Post, Paddock and Danley met a few years ago while Danley was working as a high-limit hostess for Club Paradise at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno.
“They were adorable — big man, tiny woman. He loved her. He doted on her,” Eric Paddock, brother of the shooter, said.
Police are saying Stephen Paddock transferred around $100,000 to someone in the Philippines before carrying out the act of terror. Eric Paddock believes his brother likely sent it to Danley, to take care of her in the aftermath. Eric believes Danley had no knowledge of what her boyfriend was planning to do.
Employees at a Starbucks in Mesquite, Nevada claim they have witnessed Stephen Paddock verbally abuse Danley. A supervisor at the shop told the Los Angeles Times that Stephen Paddock often berated his girlfriend publicly.
“It happened a lot,” Esperanza Mendoza, adding that Paddock would get angry if Danley asked to use his casino card.
“He would glare down at her and say — with a mean attitude — ‘You don’t need my casino card for this. I’m paying for your drink, just like I’m paying for you.’ Then she would softly say, ‘Okay’ and step back behind him. He was so rude to her in front of us.”
More details on Stephen’s planning have been also been released. He used video cameras so he could know when police were close to his hotel room, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
One camera was found in the peephole of his hotel room and two more were set up in the hall, according to the Washington Post. Another camera was disguised on a service cart, authorities said. During the shooting, he shot through the door of his suite, wounding a security guard. Stephen reportedly shot himself in the mouth as SWAT officers approached his room. He was found with blood pooling behind his head. A handgun was found near his body.
“It was preplanned, extensively, and I’m pretty sure that he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troublesome,” Lombardo said.
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