For those who have felt it curious that there has been very little information released to the press about Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, or the events of October 1, 2017, when Paddock opened fire from the window of his Mandalay Bay suite, killing 58 and injuring hundreds – there’s news.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a judge unsealed almost 300 pages of search warrant records on Tuesday, and of the information within, a new name – a “person of interest” – was named.
“Until the investigation can rule otherwise, Marilou Danley and Douglas Haig have become persons of interest who may have conspired with Stephen Paddock to commit Murder with a Deadly Weapon,” according to the Metropolitan Police Department document, which was prepared in October.
Danley was Paddock’s girlfriend and initially was named as a person of interest in the investigation. Haig, whose name had not been previously released, could not be reached for immediate comment Tuesday.
On January 20, Clark County, Nevada Sheriff Joe Lombardo gave an update, saying Paddock was the only shooter, but that the FBI had identified another person of interest.
“I know and believe there was only one suspect who killed 58 people and injured hundreds more,” Lombardo said. “All the evidence recovered in this case supports that theory. There was one shooter in the 1 October massacre. There was only one person responsible, and that was Stephen Paddock.”
When contacted, Paddock’s brother, Eric, said he had no idea who the third person named, Douglas Haig, was.
So what was Haig’s role, especially if law enforcement is sticking with the story of Paddock as the sole shooter?
Authorities in Las Vegas have said that while Stephen Paddock acted alone in killing 58 people at the music festival before killing himself in his Mandalay Bay suite, possible criminal charges are still being investigated.
Lombardo has said he expects a final report on the shooting to be released before the end of 2018.
So just hang on. In the coming months we may have answers to who was involved, as well as motive.