The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman said today she had no idea of the massacre he was plotting when he sent her on a trip abroad to see her family.
This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Marilou Danley who is being brought back to the US for questioning in relation to the Las Vegas mass shooting.
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Marilou Danley issued the statement after returning from her native Philippines and being questioned for much of the day by FBI agents.
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She was out of the country for more than two weeks.
She said she was initially pleased when Stephen Paddock wired her money in the Philippines to buy a house for her family, but she later feared it was a way to break up with her.
"It never occurred to me in any whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone," Danley said in a statement read by her attorney Matthew Lombard outside FBI headquarters in Los Angeles.
She also said: "He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen."
Danley spoke with the FBI for several hours as investigators struggled to get inside the mind of Paddock, a frustratingly opaque figure who carried out his high-rise massacre without leaving the plain-sight clues often found after major acts of bloodshed.
Danley, 62, who has been called a "person of interest" by investigators.
Investigators are busy reconstructing Paddock's life, behavior and the people he encountered in the weeks leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said.
That includes examining his computer and cellphone.
But as of today, investigators were unable to explain what led Paddock to rain heavy fire down on a country music festival from the windows of his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel casino.
He killed himself as police closed in.
The attack left more than 500 people injured.
"This individual and this attack didn't leave the sort of immediately accessible thumb prints that you find on some mass casualty attacks," McCabe said.
The 64-year-old retired accountant quietly stockpiled an arsenal of high-powered weapons while pursuing a passion for high-stakes gambling at Nevada casinos, where his game of choice was video poker, a relatively solitary pursuit with no dealer and no humans to play against.
Neighbors described Paddock as friendly, but he wasn't close to them.
"He was a private guy. That's why you can't find out anything about him," his brother, Eric Paddock, said from his home in Florida.
As for what triggered the massacre, the brother said: "Something happened that drove him into the pit of hell."
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