Authorities say that Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition when he killed 58 people and injured 850 more. The motive for the shooting is still unknown, but law enforcement has locked their sights on a few individuals who supplied Paddock the ammunition for his murderous spree at a crowded music festival.
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Douglas Haig was arrested and charged with selling and manufacturing armor piercing ammunition. Law enforcement also found tracer bullets that Paddock was not able to use during his Las Vegas shooting.
In a document obtained by CNN, Haig’s home was raided 18 days after the shooting took place where they found armor-piercing bullets. He did not have a license to manufacture them.
He was connected to the crime after two unfired rifles had his tracer bullets in them with his fingerprints on it. While searching Haig’s home, law enforcement found the same bullet cartridges that were found in Paddock’s room, according to NBC News. Paddock also had tracer rounds that law enforcement believed Haig provided.
The Arizona man appeared in court Friday and was released with the understanding that he must show for his February 15 court hearing.
Haig claimed he never spoke to Paddock outside their dealings. Haig argued that he is not at fault or has any wrongdoing in the shooting as Paddock never used his ammunition. He told the press following his arrested Friday that he is receiving death threats daily.
“I hope today ends (the death threats), when people realize that I wasn’t in collusion with Paddock — that I was not in any way, shape or form associated with the horrible crime that he committed,” Haig said.
Law enforcement continues to believe that Paddock was the only shooter. Paddock killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound as SWAT teams were storming his Mandalay Bay hotel room.
If convicted, Haig faces five years in prison and the possibility of having to pay a $250,000 fine.