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'Don't panic I'll fix it' - psycho gunman's girl after bloodbath

Marilou Danley told her family she has a ‘clean conscience’
Marilou Danley told her family she has a ‘clean conscience’

The girlfriend of mass killer Stephen Paddock had no prior knowledge of his bloody plans, according to her family.

Investigators probing the Las Vegas massacre were last night due to interview Marilou Danley (62), flew into the United States from the Philippines, where she had been sent by Paddock last month.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo called her a "person of interest" in the investigation.

Multi-millionaire Paddock (64) killed himself moments before police stormed the room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, from which he unleashed Sunday night's terror attack.

Officers are still trying to establish why the property developer killed 58 people in what is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Ms Danley, an Australian citizen reported to have been born in the Philippines, landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday after taking a flight from Manila.

A US official said she was not under arrest but that the FBI hoped she would consent to be interviewed voluntarily.

Ms Danley assured her family that she had a "clean conscience", said her brother, Reynaldo Bustos.

"I called her up immediately and she said, 'Relax, we shouldn't worry about it. I'll fix it. Do not panic. I have a clean conscience'."

Her sisters told Australian television that Paddock had bought Danley a ticket to the Philippines, a move they now believe was intended to allow him to plan his attack without interruption.

"She probably was even more shocked than us because she is closer to him," one of them said.

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Before Sunday's bloody massacre, Paddock sent $100,000 (€85,000) to an account in the Philippines.

This "appears to have been intended" for Ms Danley, said investigators

A senior US homeland security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they are working on the assumption that the money was intended as an "insurance payment" for her.

President Donald Trump, who strongly supported gun rights during his White House campaign, travelled to Las Vegas on a condolence visit yesterday.

It was the first time as president that he has faced the aftermath of a major shooting, the likes of which have killed hundreds of Americans in recent years.

"It's a very, very sad day," Trump told reporters, adding that the investigation was progressing.

"They're learning a lot more, and that'll be announced at the appropriate time."

In Las Vegas, police said they did not yet know what motivated Paddock, who had no criminal record, no known history of mental illness and no outward signs of social disaffection, political discontent or extremist ideology.

Ms Danley had been sharing Paddock's home in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, about 145km north-east of Las Vegas.

Identification

She arrived in Manila on September 15 and flew to Hong Kong on September 22, returning to Manila three days later.

Philippine police believe Paddock used identification belonging to Ms Danley when checking into the Mandalay Bay Resort.

A total of 47 firearms were recovered from his suite, his home in Mesquite, and another property associated with him in Reno.

Jill Snyder, a special agent with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said 12 of the guns in the hotel suite were fitted with bump-stocks, allowing them to be fired as fast as an automatic weapon.

The devices are legal under US law, though fully automatic weapons are banned for the most part.

The death toll far surpassed the massacre of 26 young children and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, and the slaying of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando last year.

The latter attack was previously the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Many of the 500-plus people injured were trampled in the pandemonium.

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