Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before shooting: docs

Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before shooting: docs

A federal judge in Nevada unsealed hundreds of pages of FBI documents about the Las Vegas massacre Friday, giving new insight into the gunman and the months leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Hundreds of pages of court documents from the case of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock have been made public.

Newly unsealed search warrants show that investigators trying to piece together the details of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas have not yet found a motive.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts. Prosecutors didn't oppose the request from media organizations including The Associated Press to release affidavits that were filed to get search warrants.

They had been sealed for months, but lawyers for several media companies, including the Los Angeles Times, argued for the release of the information.

Paddock shot and killed himself before police arrived at his hotel room the night of the shootings. If another person was involved in the incident, "investigators need to determine who was communicating with him about weapons that were used in the attack", one Federal Bureau of Investigation agent shared with CNN.

An FBI special agent wrote in one affidavit seeking a search warrant that "the methodical nature of the planning employed by Paddock, coupled with his efforts to undermine the preceding investigation, are factors indicative of a level of sophistication which is commonly found in mass casualty events such as this".


The message read in part: "for a thrill try out bumpfire ar's with 100 round magazine", an apparent reference to police say that Paddock affixed to a number of the firearms found in his room.

Investigators have said that Paddock meticulously planned his attack and intentionally concealed his actions.

But investigators said the use of bump stocks on the night of the shooting allowed Paddock to fire rifles nearly as though they were automatic weapons.

Danley has not been charged in the attack, but according to an affidavit, she was "identified thus far as the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock based on her informing law enforcement that her fingerprints would likely be found on the ammunition used during the attack".

They also show that agents sought the email, Facebook and Instagram accounts of Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines during the October 1 shooting.

After the shooting, police found 19 guns and several pounds of potentially explosive materials at Paddock's three-bedroom house in a retirement community in the city of Mesquite.

Authorities wrote in one filing that they believe Paddock was controlling two email accounts that were exchanging messages discussing weapons used in the attack.

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