Las Vegas shooting: Paddock's girlfriend denies knowledge of attack

The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman who shot dead 58 people on Sunday has said she had no idea what her "kind, caring, quiet&qu...


The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman who shot dead 58 people on Sunday has said she had no idea what her "kind, caring, quiet" partner was planning.

Marilou Danley arrived back in the US on Tuesday, two days after her partner Stephen Paddock carried out the attack.

It was the worst shooting in modern US history, with more than 500 injured. US President Donald Trump, who visited the city on Wednesday, said "America is truly a nation in mourning" in the wake of the mass killings.

In a statement read by her lawyer, Ms Danley said Paddock "never said anything to me or took any action" which she understood as a warning of what was to come.

"I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him," she said, expressing shock at the "horrible unspeakable acts of violence" Paddock had committed.

US authorities named Ms Danley a "person of interest" in their investigation and said they had made contact with her shortly after the shooting.

Ms Danley voluntarily flew back to Los Angeles from the the Philippines on Tuesday night to speak to the FBI, just over two weeks after Paddock had surprised her with a "cheap ticket" to enable her to visit her family.

While there, he wired her $100,000 (£75,400), explaining it was to buy a house.

"I was grateful, but honestly I was worried it was a way for him to break up with me," she said. "It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone."

Her sisters earlier told Australian outlet 7News that Ms Danley "was sent away... so that she will not be there to interfere with what he's planning". Paddock checked into a suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on 28 September, reportedly using some of Ms Danley's identity documents.

At about 22:08 on 1 October, he unleashed the first round of gunfire into the unsuspecting crowd at a country music festival.

Over the course of the next nine to 11 minutes, he killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others, before it is understood he turned the gun on himself.

On Wednesday, President Trump praised the emergency services who battled to save as many as they could, despite the danger to themselves.

"When the worst of humanity strikes - and strike it did - the best of humanity responds," he said as he applauded injured officers.

"In the depths of horror, we will always find hope in the men and women who risk their lives for ours," he added.

Mr Trump said he was in the "company of heroes" after visiting the first responders.

"Words cannot describe the bravery that the whole world witnessed on Sunday night," he said. "Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage."

"When the worst of humanity strikes - and strike it did - the best of humanity responds," he said as he applauded injured officers.

"In the depths of horror, we will always find hope in the men and women who risk their lives for ours," he added.

Mr Trump said he was in the "company of heroes" after visiting the first responders.

"Words cannot describe the bravery that the whole world witnessed on Sunday night," he said. "Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage."

Will the attack trigger more demand for gun controls?

The shooting has prompted calls for reform to US gun laws.

But Mr Trump - who has been backed by the National Rifle Association, and spoke often of protecting gun rights during his campaign - has tried to steer clear of leaning too far either way.

After visiting Puerto Rico on Tuesday, he said "perhaps that [time] will come" for a debate.

First Lady Melania Trump joined the president to meet some of the victims and emergency responders on Wednesday.

Mr Trump told reporters at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas: "I have to tell you it makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job that they've done."

First Lady Melania Trump joined the president to meet some of the victims and emergency responders on Wednesday.

Mr Trump told reporters at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas: "I have to tell you it makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job that they've done."

SRC - BBC

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