Federal Bureau of Investigation questions Vegas gunman's girlfriend

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It said investigators were trying to trace the money and were probing at least a dozen financial reports over the past several weeks that said Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day.

Paddock didn't have a criminal record but was "known to local authorities" in Las Vegas, according to Fox News.

"There's all kinds of things that surprise us in each one of these events". The Associated Press put the death toll at 59. "We have a lot of work to do".

"This individual and this attack didn't leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks", McCabe said.

The death toll of Sunday's shooting far surpassed the massacre of 26 young children and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, and the slaying of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando a year ago. But the number of wounded and injured has been reduced to 489 from the figure of 527 that authorities gave earlier.

The investigation of Paddock now shifts to his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who has returned to the United States from her native Philippines.

As for why Paddock went on the murderous rampage, his brother in Florida, Eric Paddock, told reporters: "I can't even make something up". I was grateful but honestly I was anxious that first the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me. The AP, quoting unnamed officials, says the amount of the wire transfer was $100,000.

Danley is a citizen of Australia and still has family there, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Seven days later, she flew to Hong Kong, returning to Manila on the 25th.

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Melley reported from Los Angeles.

Danley said Paddock "never said anything to me, or took any action that I was aware of, that I understood in any way to be a warning that something awful like this was going to happen". He bought multiple firearms in the past, but investigators believe the firearms were purchased legally, a law enforcement official said.

Sheriff Lombardo said: "The bravery was incredible because he remained with our officers, providing them the key pass to access the door and actually continued to help them clear rooms until our officer demanded that he go seek medical attention". She said Paddock left the house for good sometime near the middle of August.

While one police team conducted the evacuation, a second team - made up of two canine personnel, a SWAT officer and patrol officers - tried to get closer to Paddock's room. The hotel is situated across from the park. He said he was not aware that his brother had gambling debts.

Inspection of the weapons found at the scene of the shooting showed that at least 14 of the firearms had been legally modified with "bump stock" accessories that allow a shooter to fire rounds at a rapid pace, according to Jill A. Snyder, the Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"This one is somewhat different than numerous ones we've dealt with in the past, because we don't have any immediately accessible thumbprints that would indicate the shooter's ideology or motivation, or really what compelled him to get there", McCabe said. All but three of those weapons were bought in a single month, October 2016, according to Lombardo.

Danley, through her attorney, said that she didn't know Paddock planned to carry out a mass shooting. Investigators found a computer and 23 guns in Paddock's hotel room.

New details are emerging, investigators say, that suggest Paddock's mental state was deteriorating before the shooting: significant weight loss, an increasingly slovenly physical appearance and obsession with his girlfriend's ex-husband.

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