LAS VEGAS – Gunman Stephen Craig Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in his girlfriend’s native country of the Philippines in the week before the shooting, NBC reported Tuesday, citing multiple senior law enforcement officials.
But it was not known who was the intended recipient. Marilou Danley, 62, who is Australian by nationality, was overseas at the time of the shooting and investigators said she was not believed to have been involved.
America mourned victims of the worst gun massacre in recent US history Tuesday as investigators probed the motive behind an apparently senseless attack on Las Vegas concert-goers.
President Donald Trump branded the attacker—who raked a crowd with gunfire from a 32nd floor hotel room, leaving 59 dead and at least 527 injured—a “demented man.”
But beyond that diagnosis, authorities were at a loss as to why a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant had hauled a vast arsenal of weapons to the hotel and launched his assault.
Meanwhile, the attack’s victims began to be identified in the media, each new story stirring emotions as America once again grappled with calls for reforms to its permissive firearm control laws.
Trump was not ready to suggest answers.
“What happened in Las Vegas is in many ways a miracle,” he said. “The police department has done such an incredible job, and we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”
US officials have reacted cautiously to a claim by the Islamic State jihadist group that the Paddock had carried out Sunday night’s massacre on its behalf.
Experts cautioned that the group—under pressure in its Syrian and Iraqi heartlands—may be trying to rally its supporters with a false claim.
IS claimed Paddock was one of its “soldiers” but the FBI said it had found no such connection so far and the local sheriff described him as a lone “psychopath.”