A federal judge unsealed numerous FBI search warrants, executed in October, in connection with Stephen Paddock. Our affiliate KSNV News in Las Vegas reports.
They reveal the possibility that Paddock was planning details of the attack in July 2017.
The warrants were unsealed by US district court Judge Jennifer Dorsey, who released all but 10 pages of FBI warrants, pending the outcome of a state court hearing next week.
In an email exchange with someone using the address firstname.lastname@example.org, Paddock seems to invite them to potentially purchase a high-powered rifle.
"Try an AR before you buy," he wrote. "We have a huge selection located in the Las Vegas area.”
In a reply from that email, email@example.com writes, “We have a wide variety of optics and ammunition to try.”
The FBI added that, “investigators have been unable to figure out why Stephen Paddock would be exchanging messages related to weapons that were used in the attack between two of his email accounts,” and say it's possible someone else was controlling one of the accounts but did not offer any speculation as to who they think it could be.
According to another warrant report evidence recovered from Paddock’s Mandalay Bay hotel room includes a player’s club card with in his girlfriend Marilou Danley's name.
The FBI also confirmed that Danley's fingerprints were found on the ammo Paddock used in the shooting. Something she had previously told them would probably happen. According to the affidavit she also told investigators she would sometimes help him with loading magazines.
Police identified Danley as a "person of interest" early on. In one of the initial court documents officials described her "as the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock based on her informing law enforcement that her fingerprints would likely be found on the ammunition used during the attack."
The affidavit also revealed that Danley changed her Facebook account to private at 12:30 a.m the night of the shooting before ultimately deleting her account all together just two hours later at 2:46 a.m. Officials say Paddock had access to at least one or more of her social media accounts and it's unclear if she deleted her Facebook herself.
In another document an FBI agent wrote that “although there is currently no evidence to suggest criminal involvement by Danley, investigators are not yet prepared to rule this possibility out.”
The FBI says that Danley has so far been fully cooperated with authorities. In statements released through her lawyer Danley claims she had no idea what Paddock was planning and was shocked when she heard what happened.
Next Tuesday attorneys for KSNV and other media outlets will argue in court for the state to unseal 14 search warrants executed by Las Vegas police in the early hours and days following the attack.
Without a search for suspects, and no pending criminal trial, media lawyers say it’s the only way the public can evaluate the government’s response the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.