Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Tuesday that the girlfriend of shooter Stephen Paddock is a person of interest in the ongoing investigation into the massacre that killed at least 59 people and injured 527. The FBI is currently working to get her back to the U.S. from the Philippines.
"The investigation with her is ongoing, and we anticipate some information from her shortly," Lombardo said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
The girlfriend is 62-year-old Marilou Danley. She had worked as a high-limit hostess at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa.
Danley is an Australian citizen born in the Philippines. She lived with Paddock in a suburb of Reno.
A source with knowledge of Danley's whereabouts said that Danley was visiting family in the Philippines, according to USA Today. She was there during the shooting late Sunday night as Paddock fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the crowd attending a country music festival.
NBC News reported that Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines the week before the shooting, but it's not known at this time who the money was for, specifically.
Lombardo said there is no new information at the time about the shooter's motives for the attack, although he said it is clear it was premeditated based on the type and amount of weaponry found in the hotel room.
Some other key points from the news conference:
- Paddock had set up cameras both inside and outside the hotel room he was shooting from. Lombardo would not confirm whether there was video recording of his actions, but said the FBI has that evidence now and is evaluating it.
- The investigation of Paddock's Reno, Nevada property was completed, and five more handguns and two shotguns were found, along with ammunition.
- Lombardo could not confirm whether the weapons were fully automatic, but did say they were modified to speed up ammunition discharge. The ATF is currently evaluating the weapons.
- Lombardo said that room service was provided to Paddock during the stay, but it was unclear at this time whether any hotel staff ever entered his room.
- Lombardo spoke highly of the police, hotel security and fire department response to the incident, saying that it was only through full cooperation that the situation was ended so quickly.