The authorities investigating the Las Vegas shooting have turned to the shooter's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, hoping to get clues about the gunman Stephen Paddock's motives and what may have sparked the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.
Danley has been described by police as a "person of interest", although she has not been charged with any crimes.
His girlfriend Marilou Danley, who was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, issued a statement calling Paddock a "kind, caring, quiet man" she "loved and hoped for a quiet future with".
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Police say they believe Paddock, 64, stockpiled a hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with guns before opening fire on the nearby Route 91 Harvest festival at the Las Vegas Village. Paddock was also a high-stakes gambler betting more than $10,000 a day.
Paddock rented a room in downtown Las Vegas about the same time as an alternative music festival on September 22-24, where artists including Lorde, Chance the Rapper and Muse performed, but police do not know why.More news: Pakistan Sufi shrine: At least 13 killed in Baluchistan
In the statement, Danley claimed she did not see anything hinting at violent tendencies in Paddock. Paddock's brother said that his family is "shocked, horrified, completely dumbfounded" by the tragic mass shooting on a Las Vegas concert.
The Associated Press also reported that 23 firearms were found in Paddock's hotel room and that he checked in on September 28.
Danley says Paddock found her a cheap ticket to the Philippines and wanted her to take a trip home to see relatives. Danley, who said she is a mother and grandmother, asked for privacy for her and her family but offered to do "anything" she could "to help ease suffering" in her statement.
"She was sent away.so that she will not be there to interfere with what he's planning", the sister suggested.
Knights, 23, who lives near Brisbane in Queensland, told Australia's Channel 9 that he spent time in Las Vegas with Paddock and Danley a few months ago.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Danley is expected to return to the United States on Wednesday. "I know that she don't know anything as well, like us", one sister said through tears.