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Girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter said she had no idea Paddock's plans


Updated October 04, 2017 06:54 PM EDT

The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman told officials on Wednesday that he never said anything to her that indicated that he was planning a shooting.

"It never occurred to me...that he was planning violence," Marilou Danley told authorities, according to The Washington Post.

Danley was in Philippines when her long time boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on a outdoor music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night, killing at least 58 people and injuring over 500.

Danley's sisters, who live in Australia, say that Paddock sent their sister away intentionally.

“He sent her away so that he can plan what he is planning without interruptions,” one of the women said. “In that sense I thank him for sparing my sister’s life. But that won’t … compensate the [dead] people’s lives.”

Danley says that she did not know of Stephen Paddock's plans. However, authorities reported on Tuesday that Paddock had wired $100,000 dollars to the Philippines before he committed the deadly attack.

"I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred," Danley said in a brief statement read by her attorney Matthew Lombard. "I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. I loved him and hoped to have a quiet future with him."

"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," he quoted her as saying.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday urged Americans to "grieve as one nation" following the deadliest mass shooting in their nation's history.

"In the days ahead, we will grieve as one nation," she said during a White House press briefing, her voice trembling with emotion. "Look, this is an unspeakable tragedy."

"Today is a day for consoling the survivors and remembering those we lost," Sanders added. "Now is the time to unite as a country."

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"A motive has yet to be determined. It would be premature for us to discuss policy before we know all the facts of what happened last night."

Sanders also declined to say whether President Trump considers Sunday's shooting an act of "domestic terrorism."

"We're still in a fact-finding mission," she said. "It would be premature to weigh in on that before we have any more facts."

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Sanders also voiced some agreement with Sen. Chris Murphy's (D-CT) remark earlier Monday that Congress needs to "get off its ass" on issues like firearms, though she declined to back stricter gun control measures.

"I actually agree with him that Congress should get up and do something," she said. "I think Congress has had several months of doing very little and we'd like to see them pass some legislation."

Updated October 02, 2017 02:11 PM EDT

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders briefs the press Monday following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) on Monday urged America's lawmakers to take action on gun control after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

"The nation is counting on you," she said during a press conference in Washington, D.C. alongside her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

"Thoughts and prayers are important," Kelly said. "We send our thoughts and prayers too. But they aren't enough. Your thoughts and prayers aren't going to stop the next shooting."

"My fellow Americans, we don't have to accept this as normal," he added. "It's not normal, it's not inevitable, it's an epidemic that needs to be cured."

Giffords survived getting shot during an assassination attempt in 2011 near Tucson, Arizona while she was still serving as a congresswoman.

The former lawmaker's remarks came one day after suspected gunman Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, allegedly opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

The shooting killed at least 58 people and wounded at least 500 others, setting a new precedent for the deadliest mass shooting in America's modern history.

Updated October 02, 2017 12:01 PM EDT

Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) says that the death toll from Sunday evening's mass shooting in the city has risen to 58 lives lost.

Lombardo on Monday added during a press conference that at least 515 people were injured in the incident, which is the deadliest of its kind in U.S. history.

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Authorities have yet to determine the motive guiding Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, the suspected gunman who opened fire on a country music concert from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of a nearby building.

Officials on Monday said Paddock killed himself after attacking victims from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where he had resided since last Thursday.

The FBI said that Paddock had no connection to terror groups after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the massacre.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Updated October 02, 2017 11:35 AM EDT
Police dispatch at the Nevada shooting

"We're pinned down here with a bunch of civilians."

Dispatch audio from a shooting in Las Vegas that left more than 50 people dead and hundreds more injured shows the tense moments faced by police trying to track down the suspect.

In the audio, obtained by The Blast, emergency responders are heard describing some of the injuries in the crowd.

"We can't worry about victims," one person responds.

"We need to stop the shooter before we have more victims! Anybody have eyes on the shooter?"

64-year-old shooting suspect Stephen Paddock was found dead by police. At the time of this post it was unclear whether he was killed by police, or killed himself.

He was shooting into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino.

In the dispatch audio, police describe the gun used as a semi-automatic firearm.

"I see the shots coming from Mandalay Bay!"

"There's many people down," another responder replies.

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Our affiliate KSNV shared this photo of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.

Updated October 02, 2017 10:59 AM EDT

President Trump on Monday called the largest mass shooting in U.S. history "an act of pure evil" one day after it occurred in Las Vegas.

Trump's remarks on the mass shooting in Las Vegas

"It was an act of pure evil," he said at the White House. "In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one."

"Hundreds of fellow citizens are now mourning the loss of their loved ones," Trump added.

"We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. We ask God to see you through this very dark time. Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

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Trump also revealed that he will travel to Las Vegas Wednesday in the wake of the massacre, which resulted in at least 50 people getting killed and more than 400 others suffering injuries.

"May God bless the souls of those who were lost," he said. "Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. It is our love that defines us today and always will forever."

Trump additionally praised the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and first responders for their quick thinking in the face of danger late Sunday.

"The speed with which they reacted is miraculous," he said. "It shows what true professionalism is about."

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President Trump speaks following the Las Vegas mass shooting.

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The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting and said the gunman was a "soldier" who converted to Islam months ago, without offering evidence to support the claim.

ISIS released two statements on its Aamaq news agency Monday. It did not specifically name gunman Stephen Paddock, but said he had "executed the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition" fighting ISIS.

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said "We can and must put politics aside" and "stand up to the NRA."

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First lady Melania Trump offered prayers for the victims and their families.

Former President Obama lamented "another senseless tragedy."

"This should be unimaginable in America," former President Clinton said.

Updated October 02, 2017 09:43 AM EDT

The brother of the man identified by police as the shooter who killed at least 50 people at a concert in Las Vegas Sunday night said his family “dumbfounded” by his actions.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Eric Paddock said his brother Stephen had no known political or religious affiliation that might have motivated the attack.

“He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something,” he said.

According to police, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire at the crowd at an outdoor country music festival from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino. He is believed to have killed himself before officers breached the room.

“We know absolutely nothing,” Eric Paddock said. “This is just--we are dumbfounded.”

He offered condolences for the victims and said his 90-year-old mother is still in shock.

“Our family is okay,” Eric told DailyMail.com from his home in Florida. “We're sitting in here in our house hoping that everyone doesn't attack us.”

He and Stephen were not close, he added.

“There's no rhyme or reason here, it makes no sense,” he said.

Updated October 02, 2017 09:40 AM EDT

Las Vegas police believe Paddock may have killed himself before officers stormed his hotel room Sunday evening.

Spokesman Quinn Averett said that the Mesquite Police Department had no prior contact with Paddock, and there had not been any previous calls to his home there.

Mesquite is roughly 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, and Paddock's home there is being search after he is believed to have shot "hundreds" of bullets at concert-goers Sunday night.

Officials did not know how long Paddock has lived in the Mesquite area, and he had been at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino since last Thursday.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday said that at least 10 rifles had been recovered from Paddock's room at the hotel.

Updated October 02, 2017 08:56 AM EDT

Las Vegas police say that they've determined that a woman they were seeking is no longer considered a "person of interest" in the deadly mass shooting at a country music festival.

Authorities added that Marilou Danley, 62, is not believed to have been involved in late Sunday's bloodshed that killed at least 50 people and sent an estimated 406 to hospitals.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) on Monday said in a statement that they had identified Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, as the incident's "lone suspect."

Paddock, a white male from Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday night around 10:08 p.m. local time.

The victims were attending the nearby Route 91 Harvest Festival -- which included such country stars as Jason Aldean -- before the event was sprayed with bullets.

LVMPD SWAT officers ultimately responded to distress calls, only to breach Paddock's room and find the suspected shooter dead there.

Officials initally said they were looking for Danley as she was believed to have been Paddock's roommate before he allegedly committed the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Watch live coverage of the shooting.

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The shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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President Trump offered his condolences.

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People ducked for cover after gunfire erupted.

Updated October 02, 2017 06:55 AM EDT

A witness describes the scene and the aftermath.

UPDATE AT 3:36 a.m. (all times Pacific) | Sheriff Joe Lombardo reports at least 50 people are dead and more than 200 are injured. Marilou Danley has been located as well as her vehicle.

UPDATE AT 3:18 a.m. | NBC News is reporting the shooter has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.

UPDATE AT 3:15 a.m. | If you would like to donate blood, please contact the local American Red Cross at 702-791-3311.

UPDATE AT 2:15 a.m. | Police have released a photo of Marilou Danley. She is being sought for questioning. If you see her, call 911 immediately.

UPDATE AT 1:43 a.m. | Sheriff Joe Lombardo reports that at least 20 people are dead, and more than 100 are injured. Police say the shooting began at 10:08 p.m. on Sunday on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. The suspect opened fire from his hotel room. He was a resident of Las Vegas.

The suspect is dead, and police are seeking his companion -- a woman named Marilou Danley. Police say her player's card was found inside the room. She is described as an Asian woman, 4'11" and 111lbs. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately.

Police are seeking two vehicles of interest as well. The first car is described as a Hyundai Tuscon, Nevada plate 114B40. The second vehicle is a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, Nevada plate 79D401.

UPDATE AT 1:20 a.m. | Bakersfield Police Department reports one of their officers was shot during this incident. According to Associated Press, several officers from their department were in town attending the festival.

UPDATE AT 1 a.m. | Limited flights have resumed at McCarran. Police believe there are no remaining active shooters on Las Vegas Strip.

UPDATE AT 12:30 a.m. | LVMPD will brief media at 12:45 a.m.

UPDATE AT 12:18 a.m. | Facebook has activated their crisis response page for this incident. Check-in here.

UPDATE AT 12 a.m. | The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is reporting that one suspect is down. The investigation remains active. 2 people are confirmed dead, 24 injured and 12 are in critical condition.

UPDATE AT 11:48 p.m. | Flights in and out of McCarran have been temporarily halted. Some flights were also diverted. Click here for flight status updates.

UPDATE AT 11:34 p.m. | Witnesses say a shooter let off multiple rounds at the Mandalay Bay at the conclusion of the Harvest Music Festival. Initial shots were reported around 10:30 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: There are reports of multiple people shot Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, our affiliate KSNV reported.

Several people have been sent to UMC Trauma. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has closed traffic from Tropicana Avenue to Russell Road. The public is asked to avoid the area at this time.

Police in Georgia have trained civilians to protect themselves in active shooter situations.

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