Police locate woman 'person of interest' in Las Vegas mass shooting
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Las Vegas police said they are "confident" that they have located the woman who is a "person of interest" in the deadly mass shooting in a concert in Las Vegas late Sunday, October 1, which resulted in the deaths of more than 50 people.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff identified the person of interest as Marilou Danley, whom they are seeking for questioning about the mass shooting incident at a concert just outside the famous Mandalay Bay resort-hotel in the city.
Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
Police say Danley is a "companion" of the shooter involved in the incident, but they have not yet called her a suspect.
The shooter was identified as 64-year-old local resident named as Stephen Paddock.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, at a press briefing on Monday, October 2, said that they are "confident" that they have located Danley.
We have located the vehicles in question, and we are confident we have located the female person of interest.— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
Police also said that they have located two vehicles associated with the shooter, a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica, both with Nevada license plates.
On her Facebook page, Danley described herself as a grandmother and mother, and her public profile showed pictures of her in various trips outside the United States, including the Philippines.
The photos also had numerous comments in Filipino.
But just minutes after police revealed her identity, her Facebook page became unavailable.
A gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 others when he opened fire on fans at a US country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip, police said.
The gunman, who police said was a local resident, was killed after being "engaged" by officers who responded to reports of multiple gunfire coming from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, a hotel-casino next to the concert venue.
Thousands of fans were attending the concert next to the Mandalay Bay which was part of a 3-day country music festival known as Route 91.
Witnesses told how the gunman opened fire with an inital burst and then appeared to reload as he continued his spree.
"This is an ongoing investigation, but we are comfortable that the primary aggressor in this event is – has expired or passed away, and is no longer a threat." – with reports from Agence France-Presse / Rappler.com