Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Judge unseals search warrants in mass shooting in Las Vegas

Judge unseals search warrants in mass shooting in Las Vegas

Authorities have repeatedly stated that Paddock acted alone.

Her attorney had said she had no inkling of Paddock's plans.

The agent says in the October 3 document that there was no evidence at that time of "criminal involvement" by Danley, but that investigators had not ruled out the possibility.

Prosecutors didn't oppose Friday's request from media organizations including The Associated Press to release affidavits filed to get search warrants.

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The search warrants covered electronic accounts of Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

A number of the devices that Paddock used in the shooting were ordered online, including a holographic weapon sight. But the third phone, which has a Google operating system, was locked, and authorities said they could only access the device with help.

Law-enforcement officials believe the shooting was meticulously planned, and that after Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay three days prior, to his room. Investigators were only able to search one but could not unlock the others.

The FBI affidavit states that when investigators took a DNA sample from Danley, "she spontaneously stated that her fingerprints would likely be found on Paddock's ammunition because she occasionally participated in loading magazines".

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In her statement after the shooting, Danley said she had assumed Paddock was breaking up with her, continuing that it "never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone".

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly knew that Paddock had left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to the documents. In one affidavit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation notes that Danley's Facebook account was set to private and then deleted in the hours after the shooting.

The Los Angeles Times reported that investigators are not sure why Paddock would send emails between accounts he controlled, or whether one was controlled by another person, which would mean, "investigators need to determine who was communicating with him about weapons that were used in the attack", one of the warrants said. Investigators are described as puzzling over this and seeking to determine if someone else was controlling one of the accounts.

Warrants also showed that investigators found an email address identified by investigators as Paddock's where he received a message from an account identified as CentralPark4804@gmail.com that read, "for a thrill try out bumpfire ar's with 100 round magazine".

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