LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas gunman transferred $100,000 overseas in the days before the attack, authorities said Tuesday.
Stephen Paddock transferred $100,000 to the Philippines in the days before the shooting, a U.S. official briefed by law enforcement but not authorized to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, had been in the country since September. Reuters reported Tuesday evening that she was on a plane to the U.S.
U.S. authorities have said Danley is a “person of interest” in the investigation.
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Investigators are still trying to trace that money and also looking into a least a dozen reports over the past several weeks that said Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day, the official said.
Nearly two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, what set off the 64-year-old high-rolling gambler and retired accountant remained a big question mark Tuesday.
Paddock killed himself before a SWAT team blew off the door of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. He had 23 guns with him at the hotel – along with devices that can enable a rifle to fire continuously, like an automatic – and 19 more guns at one of his homes, authorities said.
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He knocked out two windows to create sniper’s perches he used to rain torrents of bullets on the crowd of 22,000 some 500 yards away, authorities said.
Fifty-eight people were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. More than 500 people were also injured in the rampage, some by gunfire, some during the chaotic escape. At least 45 patients at two hospitals remained in critical condition.
— With files from Reuters
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