The FBI knew that Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock left behind huge stores of guns, ammunition, and explosives after conducting the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Now, recently released documents prompt new questions after a U.S. judge in Nevada unsealed documents revealing some of what FBI agents learned about the shooter in the days following the attack.
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351 pages of FBI affidavits provide insight into what investigators found during initial searches of Paddock's car and home after he opened fire on concert goers from the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Paddock was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot and he had a rewards card belonging to Marilou Daley but she was in the Philippines at the time of the attack.
The newly released documents failed to answer the key question, why did he do it? Even after their investigation, it is still unknown why Paddock shot nearly 50 people and injured 500 more.
Prosecutors did not deny the media's request for copies of the affidavits used to obtain search warrants. It is still unclear if Danley knew in advance of Paddock's plans and why Paddock emailed himself about buying and selling weapons.
However, Danley did tell investigators they would likely find her fingerprints on bullets since she often helped Paddock load his ammunition magazines.
FBI agents told a judge in a document dating back to October 3, two days after the shooting, that Danley was not arrested when she returned to the U.S. and provided DNA samples while cooperating with investigators.
Danley was described by investigators as a person of interest in the case but FBI spokeswoman Sanda Breault said late Friday she could not comment about Danley or the investigation.
Police and FBI say they found no evidence that Danley helped Paddock carry out the attack. Las Vegas police Officer Aden OcampoGomez also said Friday they could not provide an update on the investigation or a motive for the shooting.
The documents also reveal Paddock emailed himself from email accounts with similar names regarding purchasing rifles and "bump stock" devices to make guns fire faster which only added to the mystery.
FBI agents searched Paddock's three-bedroom house in a retirement community in Mesquite twice and found 19 guns and several pounds of potentially explosive materials. The FBI later returned to the house to "redocument and recheck" the home.
Their warrant gave agents authorities to search for "trace evidence" including blood and fibers. Officers searched Paddock's vehicle as well which was found in the casino parking structure.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the search of the vehicle yielded several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives. Other searches conducted at another house the gunman owned in Reno yielded "a large quantity of ammunition and multiple firearms."
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey did allow the government to keep one affidavit sealed pending a hearing before Nevada state court judge on Tuesday about whether Las Vegas police search warrants should be made public as well.
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I tend to question any prior knowledge?
The warrant shown was issued 4 days AFTER the Shooting.
BTW: I see his Cell Phone # given to Google, Amazon, and social media data is helping a lot in tracking down his suspected accomplishes.
I guess every one "liked" him is now a possible suspect☺.