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Shooter's girlfriend arrives in US

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

This undated portrait released on October 02, 2017 by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police shows Marilou Danley. (AFP)

MANILA (Updated) -- The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock returned to the United States on Wednesday from the Philippines, as authorities in Manila said they were looking into reports he transferred $100,000 to her.

Marilou Danley flew out of Manila's international airport on Tuesday night for Los Angeles, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP.

She was met in the United States Tuesday evening local time -- Wednesday in the Philippines -- by FBI agents. The 62 year-old is classified as a "person of interest" to investigators but remains free to go wherever she wants, US media reported.

The Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the FBI, its US counterpart, had sought help in finding Danley.

"The FBI has coordinated with the Philippine office of the Interpol to look for her," NBI spokesman Nick Suarez told AFP.

Suarez said the NBI was looking into reports Danley arrived in the Philippines last month, and that Paddock had sent $100,000 to her via a wire transfer.

Suarez initially said the FBI had shared to the NBI the information on the date of her arrival and the money transfer.

But he later revised his statement, telling AFP that information was from the media.

Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant, killed 58 people and injured at least 527 others when he used a vast arsenal of weapons to shoot at a Las Vegas concert from a hotel room on Sunday.

Danley is an Australian citizen who moved to the United States 20 years ago to work on the casino strip, the Australian government said.

"There are reports her ID was used for booking the hotel or some such detail," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

"Australia will support the US authorities in their investigation in whatever way we can, but we have not had contact with Marilou Danley directly."

Media reports said Danley was born in the Philippines, although the Philippine foreign department and Suarez said they could not confirm that.

Paddock killed himself after mowing down the concert-goers.

Meantime, a Las Vegas hospital said another person has died from wounds suffered in the weekend shooting.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center said the victim died Tuesday afternoon. No details about the person were released and the hospital said it still has 31 people in critical condition.

The additional fatality kept the death toll at 59 after Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg revised his earlier count of victims downward by one.

The largest mass shooting in US history was carried out late Sunday by Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on a concert crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel. He killed himself as police arrived outside his door.

Authorities have released police body camera video that showed the chaos of the Las Vegas mass shooting as officers tried to figure out the location of the gunman and shuttle people to safety.

Amid sirens and volleys of gunfire, people yelled, "They're shooting right at us," while officers shouted, "Go that way!" Officials played the video at a news conference Tuesday.

Stephen Paddock killed nearly 60 people and wounded hundreds more as he opened fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino onto a crowd at a country music concert. He killed himself before police stormed his hotel room. (AFP/AP)


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