Girlfriend of Vegas Shooter Gives 1st Public Statement

Marilou Danley says Stephen Paddock was 'kind, caring'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2017 5:53 PM CDT
Girlfriend Says Las Vegas Shooter Was 'Kind, Caring'
Marilou Danley   (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

"He never said anything to me, or took any action—that I was aware of—that I understood to be in any way a warning that something like this was about to happen," the Independent quotes Marilou Danley as saying in her first public statement after her boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, killed 59 people Sunday in Las Vegas. Danley's statement was read by her lawyer Matthew Lombard on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where she was being questioned by the FBI, the AP reports. According to NBC News, the 62-year-old Danley said in her statement she was "devastated" by what happened in Las Vegas. "I knew Stephen as a kind, caring, quiet man," she said in the statement.

While Danley's statement didn't provide a possible motive for Paddock's actions, it did explain why he recently wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines, where Danley reportedly was at the time of the shooting. Lombard said Paddock sent the money to Danley and her family to "buy a house." He said Danley was worried it was Paddock's way of breaking up with her. Danley returned to the US on Tuesday night, and Lombard said she is cooperating with investigators. (Read more Las Vegas shooting stories.)

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