Every aspect of Stephen Paddock’s life is now being examined with a fine-tooth comb in hopes of discovering a motive for his attack that left 59 people dead and 500 more wounded. It was already discovered that his father was an infamous bank robber in the 1960s and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Now, reports indicate that Paddock transferred a large sum of money to the Philippines shortly before his rampage.
NBC News reported that days before the shooting, the 64-year-old sent a sum of $100,000 to the Philippines. The most obvious link to the money would be his girlfriend Marilou Danley, 62, who is a native there. At this time, it is unknown if the funds were sent directly to Danley.
Law enforcement leading the investigation confirmed Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting. The two started seeing each other in the spring of 2017 and eventually moved in together shortly after, per reports from the Daily Caller.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who is heading the investigation, doesn’t think Danley was involved in the shooting, but she is scheduled to come to the US on Wednesday for questioning.
“We have had conversations with her and we believed her, at this time, not to be involved. But obviously that investigation will continue,” Lombardo said. “She was not with [Paddock] when he checked in. We have discovered he was utilizing some of her identification.”
Paddock took his own life before SWAT was able to apprehend him. He reportedly had 23 guns in his possession and 19 more were found at his home. Danley and Paddock were both gamblers, according to neighbors and family members.
According to the New York Post, Danley’s LinkedIn page claimed she worked as a “high-limit hostess.”
Stephen’s brother Eric, had disclosed earlier that his brother played $100 high-stakes poker and would bet anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 a night.
It is unclear how Stephen came by so much money. Some reports indicate that Stephen and Eric had money from a lucrative real estate investment. It is believed that Stephen was worth $2 million at the time of his death.
Theories that the attack was somehow linked to a massive gambling debt have also been circulating around news outlets, but that has yet to be confirmed.