Federal Bureau of Investigation knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes, unsealed documents show


Federal Bureau of Investigation knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes, unsealed documents show

The unsealed search warrants detail information FBI agents were hoping to locate through email and social media.                      KTNV

The unsealed search warrants detail information FBI agents were hoping to locate through email and social media. KTNV

An FBI agent tells a judge in warrant documents made public Friday that Marilou Danley wasn't arrested when she returned to the USA from the Philippines days after the October 1 shooting, and that she was cooperating with investigators.

While the unsealed documents corroborate earlier confirmations from law enforcement officials that Marilou Danley was out of the country at the time of the deadly shooting, investigators also believe or at one time believed that Danley was "the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock."

Danley told investigators they would probably find her fingerprints on bullets because she sometimes helped Paddock load ammunition magazines.

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There was no evidence at that time of "criminal involvement" by Marilou Danley, an October 3 document showed, but it noted that investigators had not ruled out the possibility.

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

Another document said Paddock apparently sent messages between separate email accounts with similar names referring to buying and selling assault-style rifles and so-called "bump stock" devices to make the guns more rapid-fire.

Federal judge orders documents released in 1 October shooting                      KTNV
Federal judge orders documents released in 1 October shooting KTNV

Investigators have said that Paddock meticulously planned his attack and intentionally concealed his actions.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo later said that October 2 search found 19 guns and several pounds of potentially explosive materials.

Other searches were conducted at a house the gunman owned in Reno where agents found a red SUV. Their warrant gave agents authority to search for "trace evidence" including blood and hair fibers.

Officers also raided Paddock's hotel suite where he opened fire and searched his vehicle after it was found parked in the casino parking structure.

Reuters was unable to obtain a copy of the documents on Friday night.

Paddock's three-bedroom house in a retirement community in the city of Mesquite was searched twice - first by police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in the hours immediately after Paddock was identified as the shooter. Agents said their initial search found "a large quantity of ammunition and multiple firearms" on the property.

Ten pages of the search warrant documents remained sealed ahead of a Nevada state court hearing scheduled for Tuesday.