‘It never oc­curred to me’

Girl­friend of gun­man says she was left in the dark World Thurs­day, October 5, 2017

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - WORLD -

The girl­friend of the Las Vegas gun­man said Wed­nes­day that she had no inkling of the mas­sacre he was plot­ting when he sent her on a trip abroad to see her fam­ily.

Mar­ilou Dan­ley is­sued the state­ment after re­turn­ing from her na­tive Philip­pines and be­ing ques­tioned for much of the day by FBI agents still try­ing to fig­ure out what drove Stephen Pad­dock to open fire on 22,000 fans at a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val from his 32nd-floor ho­tel suite.

“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 said in a state­ment read by her lawyer out­side FBI head­quar­ters in Los An­ge­les.

Dan­ley, who was over­seas for more than two weeks, said she was ini­tially pleased when 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 way what­so­ever that he was plan­ning vi­o­lence against any­one,” she said.

Dan­ley, 62, who has been called a per­son of in­ter­est by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, said she loved Pad­dock as a “kind, car­ing, quiet man” and hoped they would have a fu­ture to­gether. She said she was dev­as­tated by the car­nage and would co-op­er­ate with author­i­ties as they strug­gle to get in­side Pad­dock’s mind.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are busy re­con­struct­ing his life, be­hav­iour and the peo­ple he en­coun­tered in the weeks lead­ing up to the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern U.S. his­tory, FBI Deputy Direc­tor An­drew McCabe said. That in­cludes ex­am­in­ing his com­puter and cell­phone.

But as of Wed­nes­day, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were un­able to come up with a mo­tive for the at­tack Sun­day night.

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Mar­ilou Dan­ley

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