The search for the motivation behind the senseless massacre last Sunday Night in Las Vegas, Nevada by millionaire Stephen Paddock continues.
The Guardian reports that…
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend is “a person of interest” in the criminal investigation into America’s worst mass shooting, police said on Tuesday.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Clark County said detectives are in contact with Marilou Danley, who was travelling in the Philippines at the time of the massacre and remains there. “The investigation with her is ongoing and we anticipate some further information from her shortly,” he told reporters. “Currently she is a person of interest.”
Lombardo declined to comment on an NBC news report that 64-year-old Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines some time in the week before the attack.
Paddock opened fire from the windows of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 59 people – all but three of whom have been identified – and injuring more than 500 at a country music festival. Police stormed his room and found he had killed himself.
Lombardo said the first report to police came at 10.08pm and Paddock continued to fire for nine minutes. The sheriff also told a press conference Paddock had set up cameras inside and outside his room, including one on a food service trolley. “I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” he said.
The evidence offers an insight into Paddock’s careful planning of the shooting. Lombardo said: “I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troubling.”
Police have said they found 23 guns in Paddock’s room at the hotel. The sheriff added: “We are aware of a device called a bump stock that enables an individual to speed up the discharge of ammunition.” Bump stocks can be used to modify guns and make them fire as if they were fully automatic.
Bump stocks were a novelty popular with YouTube gun enthusiasts wanting to simulate machine gun fire. Then they were found in a mass shooter’s arsenal
He also said authorities had completed their investigation at the gunman’s property in Reno, finding five handguns, two shotguns and a “plethora” of ammunition.
Paddock’s motive remains unknown. “This person may have radicalized, unbeknownst to us, and we want to identify that source.”
The sheriff said the number of people injured would go down slightly because of some double counting. “We also had very heroic acts of people attending the event … Citizens providing medical aid and transport for people to get to the hospital.”
Lombardo added: “It’s an ongoing investigation and when I say I don’t know, I may know … I assure you this investigation is not ended with the demise of Mr Paddock.”
According to Fox News…
Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.
An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”
The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.
“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”
She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.
A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Danley isn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.
“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”
Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.
As I was gathering information for today’s post, the words “radicalization” and “The Philippines” piqued my curiosity.
On June 15, 2017, in an op-ed titled “How ISIS Grew in the Philippines”, The New York Times’ Editorial Board wrote that…
While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.
With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.
The news on Wednesday that, in addition to American military advisers and intelligence assistance, United States troops are now on the ground in Marawi raises the stakes. Mr. Duterte, who has threatened to eject American forces from his country, said Sunday that he was unaware of the presence of military assistance in Marawi. In fact, the Pentagon has no permanent presence in the Philippines, but for years has kept 50 to 100 Special Forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises. Despite Mr. Duterte’s hostility to America, his army has close ties to the Pentagon, values its help against the extremists and has resisted Mr. Duterte’s efforts to expel the Americans.
Let’s look at three facts, and, just for a moment, take them at face value, boys and girls.
- Marilou Danley is originally from the Philippines. ISIS and the Deterte Government are presently locked in a battle for the sovereignty of the Philippines.
- The Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock has been sending copious amounts of money overseas, including $100,000 recently. And, a photo of he and Ms. Danley sitting with another woman in the Philippines has surfaced.
- Marilou Danley is now a “Person of Interest” while Paddock is being investigated for possible Islamic Radicalization leading to the worst mass shooting in American History.
The additional facts that we know, concerning the meticulous planning required to stage Paddock’s perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are as follows:
It was something that required time, effort, and coordination. It was not something that could have been accomplished shortly after a “psychotic break”. This was not a spur-of-the-moment action.
Paddock was a millionaire. He had the monetary means to gather every bit of the firearms found in his perch.
He was an accountant, a job which requires you to be meticulous.
His girlfriend is from an area of the world which is in the process of losing its cultural identity and land masses to the Radical Islamists of ISIS.
Now, I may be way off base, but there is so much that we do not know compared to what we do know.
Like you and millions of others, I am just trying to make sense of Sunday Night’s brutal, senseless massacre.
Of course, Stephen Paddock could have just been an out-of-control grieving Hillary Supporter or a Far Left Member of Antifa.
But, then again…
Until He Comes,