Stephen Paddock sent $127,000 to the Philippines before the Las Vegas shooting

Handout from Stephen Paddock’s brother. Picture: Supplied

The gunman who killed at least 59 people in Las Vegas is said to have wired $US100,000 to the Philippines only days before committing the most deadly shooting spree in modern American history.

Stephen Paddock’s live-in girlfriend, an Australian citizen, originally hailed from the Philippines and she visited family there in recent days.

Marilou Danley, 62, will face questions from US law enforcement authorities when she is due to return to the US on Wednesday (Thursday Australian time) on the same day President Donald Trump will visit Las Vegas.

She may hold key information as to what motivated Mr Paddock’s shooting spree from the 32nd floor of a hotel into concert goers at a country music festival in the famous casino city.

Nevada police said she remained a “person of interest” in their ongoing investigation though earlier ruled out her participation in the crime.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo said police expected more information from her “shortly”.

Citing law enforcement sources, US television network NBC News first reported on Wednesday that the shooter wired $A127,630 to an account in his girlfriend’s home country of the Philippines in the week before the devastating slaughter.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo said he was “confident” she was in the Philippines after police said a day earlier she had also visited Japan yesterday.

Police said earlier that Mr Paddock used the identity details of Ms Danley to check-in to the hotel room.

The Filipino-born woman, who the Australian government has said is a citizen, had lived in the US for about two decades, after relocating from Queensland around the 1990s.

She and the shooter lived in a two-bedroom home in the small desert retirement community of Mesquite, about 130 kilometres from Las Vegas.

Police found 19 firearms, explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition at the home after the attack.

Mr Paddock, who killed himself, also had a stockpile of 23 weapons in the hotel suite. He had set up cameras in and outside the room.

“We have had conversations with her and we believed her, at this time, not to be involved,” Sheriff Lombardo said in Nevada on Monday.

“But obviously that investigation will continue.”

“She was not with [Paddock] when he checked in. We have discovered he was utilising some of her identification.”

This article first appeared at the AFR.com. See the original article here.

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