Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Court Documents Reveal New Details in Las Vegas Shooting

Court Documents Reveal New Details in Las Vegas Shooting

Warrants also showed that investigators found an email address identified by investigators as Paddock's where he received a message from an account identified as that read, "for a thrill try out bumpfire ar's with 100 round magazine".

The newly released documents do not answer the main question that has lingered since the October 1 attack: What motivated Paddock to carry it out?

The shooter, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel room on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

One of the warrants describe the extent to which Paddock went to conceal his actions, saying he "destroyed or tried to hide digital media devices".

Authorities haven't said why they think the 64-year-old high-stakes gambler opened fire from a casino-hotel onto a concert below.

The FBI agent who prepared the affidavit noted that Danely was cooperating with investigators and that the investigation "to date has not produced any conclusive evidence that Danely aided Paddock, had foreknowledge of his plans, or has been deceptive with law enforcement".

Investigators said the exchange could be "related to the eventual attack that occurred at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas".

One agent wrote that he believed "if there were any information related to a potential conspiracy, it would be found within" the locked phones.

But investigators said the use of bump stocks on the night of the shooting allowed Paddock to fire rifles nearly as though they were automatic weapons.

The court records also show that investigators sought to preserve the content of social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook linked to Paddock and Danely.

The FBI returned to the house a week later for what officials called "redocumenting and rechecking".

In the days after the shootings, authorities called Danley a "person of interest".

"While investigators obtained a DNA buccal swab sample from Danley", one search warrant request stated, "she spontaneously stated that her fingerprints would likely be found on Paddock's ammunition because she occasionally participated in loading magazines". In fact, Paddock took a number of steps aimed at tripping up investigators, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation team trying to get to the bottom of the shooting wrote that the 64-year-old exhibited "a level of sophistication which is commonly found in mass casualty events". In one affidavit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation notes that Danley's Facebook account was set to private and then deleted in the hours after the shooting.

The search warrants said authorities found three cellphones belonging to Paddock in his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Police believe Paddock, who checked into his room without suspicion on Thursday, used 10 suitcases to carry his guns.

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