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Las Vegas shooting: What do we know about Marilou Danley?

Las Vegas shooting: What do we know about Marilou Danley?

The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the man who massacred almost 60 people attending a music festival in Las Vegas, has returned to the United States from the Philippines, according to media reports.

The Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend, back in the United States after a weekslong trip overseas, will be at the center of the investigation into the shooting deaths of 59 people as authorities try to determine why a man with no known record of violence or crime would open fire on a concert crowd from a high-rise hotel.

Ms Danley is now in U.S. federal agents' custody, and investigators will want to know if she can shed any light on why Paddock carried out the worst mass shooting in recent USA history.

However, it was revealed on Tuesday that Paddock wired $100,000 to a bank account in the Philippines, Danley's home country, a week before carrying out the attack.

Shortly afterwards she moved to the United States - this is where her history appears more complicated. Paddock ended the rampage by killing himself.

But as CrimeOnline previously reported, a manager at a Starbucks who frequently saw the couple together said that Paddock was verbally abusive to his girlfriend. She left Australia for the U.S.in 1989, where she worked in casinos, it said.

Police said Paddock strafed the concert crowd with bullets for nine to 11 minutes before taking his own life, and had set up cameras inside and outside his hotel suite so he could see police as they closed in on his location.

Paddock transferred $100,000 to the Philippines in the days before the shooting, a USA official briefed by law enforcement but not authorized to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation told the AP on condition of anonymity.

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But law enforcement authorities were hoping to obtain some answers from a woman identified as Paddock's live-in companion, Marilou Danley, who Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said was a "person of interest" in the investigation.

Snyder said 12 of the guns found in the hotel room were fitted with so-called bump-stock devices that allow the guns to be fired virtually as automatic weapons.

'It's a very, very sad day for me personally, ' he said.

Danley, who it is believed was born in the Philippines, is reported to have lived on the Gold Coast in Queensland 20 years ago.

"We haven't absolutely ruled out anything in this investigation", said Mr McMahill, when asked about a potential Philippines terrorism link. But officials haven't been able to say exactly when the money transfer took place or who was the recipient.

Paddock's brother, Eric, has said he was mystified by the attack.

Interviewed with her face blurred so she could remain anonymous, one of Danley's sisters told Australia's 7 News she believed Paddock had deliberately sent her away. Nineteen more guns were found at Paddock's Mesquite home and seven at his Reno house.

Snyder said authorities wouldn't get notified of the purchase of rifles, but would get notified if there was a multiple sale of two or more handguns in one purchase.