Vegas shooter's girlfriend says he would moan and scream in his sleep

Published: 07 October 2017 Image credit: US Government


Las Vegas massacre shooter Stephen Paddock showed signs of mental illness and would often lie in bed screaming before committing the worst mass shooting in US history, according to his Australian girlfriend.

Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines at the time of the attack, told FBI officials that Paddock “would lie in bed, just moaning and screaming: ‘Oh my God’” in his sleep, NBC News reports.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the 64-year-old professional gambler opened fire from a window of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500.

“[Paddock] never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning something horrible like this was going to happen,” Ms Danley, who flew into LA on Tuesday to speak with investigators, said in a statement released by her lawyer.

The 62-year-old grandmother reportedly claimed that Paddock had surprised her with a cheap air ticket a fortnight prior to the attack, to fly to the Philippines and visit her family, and had also wired her about $US100,000 to buy a house.

Ms Danley said she believed that it was Paddock’s way of breaking up with her.


White crosses near the scene of the attack pay tribute to the 58 victims. Image: Reuters

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo described the shooter, who was found dead with 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his hotel room, as “disturbed and dangerous”.

“What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,” Sherriff Lombardo said.

“He meticulously planned the worst planned the worst domestic attack in United States history.”

Sherriff Lombardo has said that investigators are remaining open to the possibility that Paddock may not have been working alone in executing the shooting-spree, with MSNBC reporting on Friday that a phone charger not matching Paddock’s phone was found in the Mandalay Bay hotel suite.

The keycard used to open the hotel room door also appears to have been used when Paddock’s car had left the casino carpark.

Investigators are also looking into a note found in Paddock’s hotel room, which is not a suicide note but rather one containing numbers.