After the terrifying massacre in Las Vegas, the gunman’s girlfriend became a person of interest. She, however, claimed no knowledge of the attack, highlighting that her conscience is clear in the deadly rampage.
Marilou Danley, Paddock’s girlfriend, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon through her attorney, Matt Lombard. She said Paddock never said anything to her or took any action that she was aware of, that she understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible is going to happen.
“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone,” she said in the statement.
“I am a mother and a grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones,” she added. She also assured her family she has a “clear” conscience.
Reports recently confirmed that Danley is fully cooperating with the investigation into why Paddock open fire to 22,000 concertgoers in the heart of Las Vegas where fifty-eight people were killed and nearly 500 were injured before he took his own life as police closed in.
“I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man,” Danley said in the statement. “I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him.”
According to Danley, Paddock told her that he had found a cheap ticket to the Philippines so she could visit her family, two weeks before the tragedy.
While she was there, he wired her money and told her to buy a house for her and her family.
The statement, which was read by her lawyer, Matthew Lombard, came on the same day that a law enforcement official said F.B.I. agents questioned her trying to determine a motive for the deadly shooting
It is not yet clear what, if anything, she knew about Paddock’s methodical plans to stockpile weapons and ferry them into a 32nd-floor hotel suite to commit mass murder.
Her attorney confirmed that she had voluntarily flown back to the United States after Sunday’s massacre because she knew investigators wanted to talk to her. She arrived late Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport from the Philippines and spoke Wednesday in Los Angeles with the FBI and Las Vegas police.
After providing some details of the timeline of the shooting, Sheriff Lombardo said it was hard to believe that Mr. Paddock had done all of it by himself or that the plan could have remained a secret. Given the amount of weaponry, ammunition, and electronics hidden at more than one location, he said, rhetorically, “Do you think this was all accomplished on his own?”
Steven Wolfson, the district attorney of Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, said that investigators were examining the shooting from “every angle possible, and then some.”