Vegas Hairdresser Recalls Disturbing Talk of Paddock

Client with that name spoke of how easy it would be to shoot at a concert on Vegas Strip
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2018 7:15 PM CDT
Vegas Hairdresser Recalls Disturbing Talk of Paddock
Police run toward the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1, 2017.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

(Newser) – A hairstylist said in documents released by police Wednesday that a client named Paddock spoke in the months before the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history that a Las Vegas Strip concert venue was susceptible to attack, reports the AP. The Police Department released about 2,100 pages of police reports, witness statements, and dispatch records after losing court battles to keep them secret. Authorities have not determined what led Stephen Paddock to open fire Oct. 1 from his high-rise hotel room onto an outdoor concert below, killing 58 people. The hairstylist told investigators on Oct. 10 that the comments from the client in late June or July were strange and were reported to police a few days later. Police have not confirmed receiving such a report.

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The stylist said the client mentioned he could not believe an outdoor arena was built because a shooter could fire into the crowd from the casino across the way. The stylist reported feeling uneasy. A woman later arrived, and the stylist believed it was Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley. "I asked her, 'Do you know what he's been saying to me?'" the stylist told police. "She's like, 'Oh, what, about somebody shooting into a crowd and, you know, wanting to hurt a lot of people?'" The stylist told police that the client said, "I wonder what she's worried about? She'll be out of the country." Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting. (A housekeeper also says Paddock was acting strangely.)

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