Gunman in Las Vegas shooting continues to puzzle authorities

Gunman in Las Vegas shooting continues to puzzle authorities

The FBI unsealed 315 pages of search warrant affidavits related to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history on Friday, the AP reports.

However, new questions were raised after a US judge in Nevada unsealed the documents revealing some of what federal agents had learned about shooter Stephen Paddock in the week after the Las Vegas attack.

Court documents released Friday revealed that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents knew Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts.

An FBI agent tells a judge in warrant documents made public Friday that Marilou Danley wasn't arrested when she returned to the US from the Philippines days after the October 1 shooting, and that she was cooperating with investigators.

Though investigators had previously said Paddock had no known social media accounts, the records also included requests to access at least four different Instagram accounts which may have been associated with either Paddock or his girlfriend, Marilou Danley. Agents said their initial search found "a large quantity of ammunition and multiple firearms" on the property. Hours later, authorities located her in the Philippines and identified her as "a person of interest" in the shooting. Two were unlocked, but "neither contained significant information that allowed investigators to determine the full scope of Stephen Paddock's planning and preparation for the attack".

In the court documents, she told investigators she occasionally participated in the loading of the magazines. Danley has denied knowing anything about Paddock's plans.

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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.

Later that same day, the first account received a message stating: "we have a wide variety of optics and ammunition to try".

Included in the documents was a Paddock apparently sent himself in July, from two different accounts, which read like weapons advertisements and mentioned AR rifles and bump stocks.

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

The FBI investigates the scene on the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. The unsealed documents also detailed a string of emails Stephen Paddock sent to himself investigators said could be related to the attack. They say that he used multiple communication devices, including a prepaid cellphone. But the third phone, which has a Google operating system, was locked, and authorities said they could only access the device with help. "Investigators believe this piece of equipment was utilized in the attack carried out by Stephen Paddock", the affidavit read.

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