GUNMAN FREELY BOUGHT "WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION"
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) -- It’s hard to judge a book by its cover.
A Facebook photo of a person of interest forwarded to me by a friend from the Philippines unmistakably places in Manila Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Stephen Craig Paddock, who went on shooting spree, killing 59 people and injuring 527 others in what is believed to be worst mass murder in U.S. history Sunday (Oct. 1) night in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Marilou Danley posed in a camera in front of a Philippine landmark, the Rizal Monument at the old Luneta, now Rizal Park, in the heart of Manila.
A newspaper based in Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, however, claims that Ms. Danley is an Australian, who had lived with Paddock for several years.
A website said Danley is “Asian female” and “confirmed to be a Filipino American fluent in languages in the Philippines.”
Her profile in LinkedIn describes her as “Gambling & Casinos Professional” and resides in Reno, Nevada. Public records show that she is 62 years old (born, Dec. 12, 1954), four feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 111 pounds.
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THIS IS THE FULL view of the Rizal Monument at the old Luneta, now Rizal Park, where Marilou Danley had her photo taken. (Contributed photo)
Paddock open fired from his 32nd floor large suite of Mandalay Bay hotel casino at about 10:08 p.m. overlooking a crowd of more than 22,000 concertgoers. The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rained down. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT responded to the call, breached the hotel room and found the suspect dead.
Although early press reports are saying that Ms. Danley is now off the hook because she was outside the United States when the mass shooting happened, LVMPD Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told a news conference, “We are still continuing to ask her several questions. She is out of the country. She is in Tokyo (Japan), not in the Philippines.”
LVMPD OFFICER AMONG THOSE DEAD; 2 OTHERS INJURED
The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals and 50 are dead following Sunday evening’s shooting.
Among the dead is an LVMPD officer who was off-duty at the time. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. There were also two on-duty officers injured, one of whom was upgraded recently from critical to stable condition. The other sustained non-life threatening wounds.
STEPHEN CRAIG Paddock is shown in this photo. Stephen Paddock went on a shooting spree Sunday (Oct. 1st) night from his Mandalay Bay hotel casino on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 59 people and injuring 527. (Facebook photo)
This is still an active investigation, Sheriff Lombardo said. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.
LVMPD and Clark County Coroner’s Office have set up a hotline for family or friends to report a missing loved one connected to this incident.
The hotline is only to take reports on missing people. The number is (866) 535-5654.
LVMPD also opened up a family reunification center at its headquarters at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd. in Building B. The identification process of all of the injured and the deceased will take time, so authorities are asking the public for patience.
STEPHEN CRAIG Paddock (right) is shown with his brother, Erick Paddock. Stephen Paddock went on a shooting spree Sunday (Oct. 1st) night from his Mandalay Bay hotel casino on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 59 people and injuring 527. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock)
Paddock, 64, lived in Mesquite (pronounced, mes-kette), Nevada retirement community, where amenities include golf and tennis. He was a multimillionaire real-estate investor and liked to travel to Las Vegas to play high-states video poker.
PADDOCK DID NOT FIT A KILLER’S PROFILE
Investigators are still puzzled why Paddock would bring with him 17 guns inside his hotel room and spray bullets upon an outdoor country music festival below.
His brother, Erick Paddock, told reporters, “I can’t event make something up. There’s just nothing.”
Country music star Jason Aldean was performing for more than 22,000 fans on the Route 91 Harvest Festival when Paddock launched the attack.
Sheriff Lombardo ruled out connection to international terrorism although Islamic State group had claimed responsibility. Paddock was a “lone wolf” assassin. He said three scenes are still being processed: the 32nd floor room in Mandalay Bay where the shooting emanated; Paddock’s house in Mesquite; and another house in north Nevada.
In Mesquite, police were able to find more than 18 firearms, explosives and electronic devices.
NAFFAA CONDEMNS SENSELESS ATTACK
Meanwhile, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) issued the following statement after the shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas:
“In the strongest terms, NaFFAA condemns the senseless attack that took over 50 lives and injured over 500 more in Las Vegas this weekend,” said Brendan Flores, NaFFAA National Chairman.
“My hometown of Clark County is home to over 145,000 Filipino Americans, and is a vibrant and diverse community. I have faith that they will come together to overcome this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the innocent lives lost and wounded in the shooting. As I said in response to the Charlottesville attacks, we must join together in the spirit of community to act as lights in the face of darkness.”
Amie Belmonte, NaFFAA’s Desert Mountain Region Chair (NV, AZ, UT), added: “As we struggle to make sense of the devastating attack on innocent lives that occurred in our beloved Las Vegas community, one thing is crystal clear: We are eternally grateful for the first responders, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and all other selfless individuals who risked their lives to come to the aid of victims on the ground. It is their stark bravery that offers a glimmering light of hope in the shadow of this cowardly act of hate.