US shooter's girlfriend returns to US from Philippines: Manila

Image released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department of Marilou Danley in connection to a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, US, October 2, 2017.
PHOTO: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/Handout via Reuters

MANILA - The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock returned to the United States on Wednesday from the Philippines, where she had received US$100,000 (S$140,000) from him before he massacred 58 people, authorities in Manila said.

Marilou Danley flew out of Manila's international airport on Tuesday night for Los Angeles, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP.

Aviation websites showed the Philippine Airlines flight that Mangrobang said Danley had taken landed in the United States on Wednesday morning Philippine time, but Tuesday evening in Los Angeles.

The Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the FBI, its US counterpart, had sought help in finding Danley, 62.

59, more than 500 wounded in Las Vegas shooting

  • Las Vegas Boulevard remains closed near the mass shooing site at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017.
  • A sign reading "Blood Donations Needed" is seen in Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooing at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017.
  • Las Vegas Boulevard lights-up with with signs for the victims and first responders after a mass shooing at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017.
  • The W Las Vegas displays a message for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman speaks during a prayer vigil, in honor of those affected by the shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, in front of Las Vegas City Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, Tiffany Tyler and the Rev. William McCurdy hold candles during a prayer vigil outside Las Vegas City Hall in response to Sunday's mass shooting on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • A man holds a program after an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • People mourn during an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • A woman prays during an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • A man mourns during an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • A woman mourns during an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017.
  • People attend a candlelight vigil at the University of Las Vegas student union October 2, 2017, after a gunman killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada late October 1, 2017.
  • People attend a candlelight vigil at the University of Las Vegas student union October 2, 2017, after a gunman killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada late October 1, 2017.
  • Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Mourners light candles during a vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • At least two people were killed and 24 were hospitalised after a shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, a local hospital spokeswoman said, and police said one suspect was down.
  • The spokeswoman for the University Medical Center hospital said 14 of the wounded were in a critical condition. All had suffered gunshot wounds, she said.
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Twitter: "Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time."
  • It was not immediately clear whether the suspect was killed or injured. Officers were due to give more information shortly.
  • Police had earlier said they were investigating reports of an active shooter near the Mandalay Bay Casino.
  • The New York Times reported that the shooting appeared to be at a country music festival and that police were investigating reports of shooting at other venues on the city’s famous strip.
  • Police made no immediate comment about that on social media.
  • One Twitter user posted that the casino hotel was on lockdown, while another, citing police scanners, said two gunmen who had shot at a bodyguard and police were on the 32nd floor.
  • Video clips posted online showed what sounded like automatic weapons as panicked concertgoers fled, dropped to the ground screaming.
  • Witnesses heard numerous gunshots at the hotel, where police tactical teams were searching for the attacker, according to reports on CNN and in the New York Times.
  • Flights at Mccarran International Airport were temporarily halted after the reported shooting, the airport said on Twitter.

"Danley arrived in the Philippines last month, and then there was a wire transfer to her account for US$100,000 from Stephen," NBI spokesman Nick Suarez told AFP.

"The FBI has coordinated with the Philippine office of the Interpol to look for her." Suarez said the FBI considered Danley a "person of interest", but not necessarily a suspect.

Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant, killed 58 people and injured at least 527 others when he used a vast arsenal of weapons to shoot at a Las Vegas concert from a hotel room on Sunday.

Danley is an Australian citizen who moved to the United States 20 years ago to work on the casino strip, the Australian government confirmed Tuesday.

"There are reports her ID was used for booking the hotel or some such detail," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

"Australia will support the US authorities in their investigation in whatever way we can, but we have not had contact with Marilou Danley directly."

Media reports said Danley was born in the Philippines, although the Philippine foreign department and Suarez said they could not confirm that.

Paddock killed himself after mowing down the concert-goers.

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