The girlfriend of the man who opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing dozens and wounding hundreds more, arrived in Los Angeles Tuesday night as the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history is underway.
Speaking to Australia's Channel 7 News, Marilou Danley's sister, who did not want to be identified, claims Stephen Paddock sent her away to the Philippines, insisting Marilou had no knowledge of the planned carnage.
Paddock had wired $100,000 to the Philippines, a law enforcement source said.
When law-enforcement officers managed to find Paddock in the hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, he was already dead in what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lombardo cited the arsenal of lethal equipment found in Paddock's homes in Reno and Mesquite, Nevada.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said once the first responders had "isolated this individual to the two rooms, our SWAT team used the explosive breaching to go in and confront the individual".
Danley, referred to as Paddock's longtime girlfriend, had been out of the country for weeks and was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting.
Authorities in the US, the Philippines and Australia were involved in the search for Danley, who travels on an Australian passport, CNN reported.
The guard was "very heroic" and provided police with information about the shooter's location, McMahill said.More news: Raiders vs. Broncos, Sunday at 1:25 pm
The Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the FBI, its United States counterpart, had sought help in finding Danley.
She boarded a flight from Manila to Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to Antonette Mangrobang, a spokeswoman for the Philippine Immigration Bureau. Police don't know if the devices were transmitting - the FBI is investigating their use - but the Clark County sheriff said he thinks Paddock might have used them to watch for people approaching his room.
Lombardo said the investigation is proceeding cautiously in case criminal charges are warranted against someone else.
He also said Paddock meant to evade capture and survive, but minutes after the shooting began, a hotel security guard showed up outside his suite. "He said he was visiting local firearms shops".
Danley's sisters said in an interview said she holds the key to shedding light on his behaviour. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 were wounded in the attack.
"I don't know when it's going to be scheduled", Mr. Ryan added. She said she was initially pleased when Paddock wired her money in the Philippines to buy a house for her family, but she later anxious it was a way to break up with her. "So unnecessary. Who can believe what happened to Las Vegas?".
At 10:15 p.m., Paddock fired his last shots, police said. "He loved her. He doted on her", Eric Paddock, Paddock's brother, told The Washington Post.
Lombardo also said none of the cameras Paddock put up in the hotel room where he unleashed gunfire onto a concert crowd were recording.