Las Vegas Gunman Emailed About Bump Stocks Months Before Rampage: Documents

Las Vegas Gunman Emailed About Bump Stocks Months Before Rampage: Documents

A USA judge is being asked to unseal documents telling what federal agents learned before searching properties belonging to the gunman responsible for the October 1 massacre on the Las Vegas Strip.

Law-enforcement officials believe the shooting was meticulously planned, and that after Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay three days prior, to his room.

"Paddock used the bump stocks, an after-market weapon accessory, along with AR-style semi-automatic rifle to fire thousands of rounds at a high rate at the concertgoers from a room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel".

REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus Law enforcement officers are shown on Las Vegas Boulevard South on October 2, 2017, after a mass shooting during a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The documents describe what investigators believed at the time the affidavits were filed, but do not provide up-to-date information about the investigation.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Breault in Las Vegas said late Friday she could not comment about Danley or the investigation.

An email in response suggested trying a bump stock on a 100-round magazine rifle, saying it would be "a thrill".

Investigators at the time of the filing had been unable to determine if Paddock was sending emails between two accounts both belonging to himself, or was communicating with someone else. Authorities noted, however, that they did not rule out the possibility.

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A CNN review of public records shows that the email account linked to the sender is associated with a "Steve P".

The documents also reveal that Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danely, "told investigators that her fingerprints would likely be found on Paddock's ammunition", while also firmly denying any knowledge of Paddock's plan to carry out the attack.

Danely offered this information as investigators were preparing to take a DNA swab from her, the records state.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey said she saw no reason to keep the warrants unsealed - especially since lawyers with the federal government did not oppose the unsealing, with some minor redactions.

Documents posted online by the Review-Journal showed that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents sought information from Microsoft and Facebook regarding the accounts held by Paddock and Danley.

Microsoft and Facebook did not immediately respond to emails and calls for confirmation.

She notably deleted social media profiles in the hours after the attack. Investigators were only able to search one but could not unlock the others.

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