Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock 'disturbed and dangerous', spent decades acquiring weapons

Las Vegas shooting Stephen Paddock

Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, who was in the Philippines at the time of the Sunday night shooting, was met by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at the Los Angeles airport late Tuesday, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Danley said Paddock had bought her an airline ticket to visit her family and wired her money to purchase property there, leading her to worry he might be planning to break up with her. "Please respect my privacy and my family's privacy", she 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 frightful like this was going to happen", Danley, 62, said in a statement read to reporters by her lawyer in Los Angeles, where she was being questioned.

"I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred", Danley, 62, said in a statement read out by her attorney Matthew Lombard to reporters.

At a late-night press conference Tuesday, authorities said Paddock, a high-stakes gambler and retired accountant, made his attack even more deadly by adding more lethal components to his weapons.

The emerging portrait of Paddock suggested a man of considerable means who liked guns, gambling and women, but who so disliked interacting with people that he sought to avoid talking to them.

"I believe, based on what I have been told, the issue was not that he was under financial stress", said Sen.

US President Donald Trump, visited with survivors and first responders, eulogising parents and spouses who "used their own bodies to protect their loved ones" from the onslaught that eliminated any future for many. "We're looking. I can tell you, it's a very sick man".

But the agent, who asked not to be identified as discussing Paddock, said they never knew Paddock to be political or ideological. "We know that your sorrow feels endless".

"We have produced a profile of someone who is disturbed and risky", Sheriff Lombardo said. Authorities are also investigating whether Paddock practiced at any of the gun ranges on or near the Las Vegas Strip.

The gun attachment that mimics automatic gunfire is a little-known device called a "bump stock" that is not widely sold.

As he fired round after round during an 11-minute stretch from a suite at the Mandalay Bay, Paddock used multiple video cameras to keep an eye out for police storming his hotel room, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

Many of Paddock's guns were purchased in recent years. He was known to gamble frequently and extensively.

Paddock wired $100,000 to the Philippines days before the shooting, a USA official not authorized to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation said on condition of anonymity.

In an interview that aired on Australian TV on Wednesday, two of Danley's sisters also insisted Danley had no knowledge of the shooting. Or that he wanted her away at the time.

Mr Trump largely stuck to a talking point repeated by dozens upon dozens of Republican officials: "Well, we're not going to talk about that today". There she met Paddock, a high-limit player.

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