Documents: Las Vegas gunman attempted to avoid detection

Judge unseals search warrants in mass shooting in Las Vegas

But the documents suggest Danley moved quickly after the shooting to obscure her relationship with the 64-year-old Paddock.

A federal judge in Nevada unsealed hundreds of pages of FBI documents about the Las Vegas massacre Friday, giving new insight into the gunman and the months leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

"While investigators obtained a DNA buccal swab sample from Danley", one search warrant request stated, "she spontaneously stated that her fingerprints would likely be found on Paddock's ammunition because she occasionally participated in loading magazines". "Transparency is more, not less, important in the wake of a tragedy like 1 October".

Though investigators had previously said Paddock had no known social media accounts, the records also included requests to access at least four different Instagram accounts which may have been associated with either Paddock or his girlfriend, Marilou Danley. By 5 a.m., she had been located and identified as "a person of interest" in the shooting.

Authorities released Paddock's name to the public at 3:30 a.m. However, 10 pages were kept under seal pending a hearing in state court Tuesday. It showed that on September 7, 2017, he received an email related to the purchase of a "EOTech 512 A65 Tactical Holographic firearm accessory".

The warrants released Friday also produced a puzzling email exchange that Paddock appeared to have with himself. "With the shooter dead and no indication that co-conspirators were involved, authorities have no legitimate reason to lock down records related to their investigations". We have huge selection.

Warrants also showed that investigators found an email address identified by investigators as Paddock's where he received a message from an account identified as CentralPark4804@gmail.com that read, "for a thrill try out bumpfire ar's with 100 round magazine".

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Later that day another email read: "We have a wide variety of optics and ammunition to try".

But investigators said the use of bump stocks on the night of the shooting allowed Paddock to fire rifles nearly as though they were automatic weapons.

If there was a second person involved in the communications, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent wrote, "investigators need to determine who was communicating with him about weapons that were used in the attack".

Authorities said he used anonymous communications devices, including a prepaid cellphone, to throw off any police investigation.

The Los Angeles Times reported that investigators are not sure why Paddock would send emails between accounts he controlled, or whether one was controlled by another person, which would mean, "investigators need to determine who was communicating with him about weapons that were used in the attack", one of the warrants said.

The third phone, however, was unable to be unlocked.

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