The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman said Wednesday she had no inkling of the massacre he was plotting when he sent her on a trip abroad to see her family. Marilou Danley issued the statement after returning from her native Philippines and being questioned for much of the day by FBI agents still trying to figure out what drove Stephen Paddock to gun down 59 people at a country music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel suite.
‘‘He 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 horrible like this was going to happen,’’ Danley said in a statement read by her lawyer outside FBI headquarters in Los Angeles.
Danley, who out of the country for more than two weeks, said she was initially pleased when Paddock wired her money in the Philippines to buy a house for her family. But she later feared it was a way to break up with her.
‘‘It never occurred to me in any whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone,’’ she said. Danley, 62, who has been called a ‘‘person of interest’’ by investigators, said she loved Paddock as a ‘‘kind, caring, quiet man’’ and hoped they would have a future together.
She said she was devastated by the carnage and she would cooperate with authorities as they struggle to get inside Paddock’s mind.
‘‘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 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and real estate investor specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the music festival, according to a person who has seen hotel records turned over to investigators. The room, which goes for $590, was given to Paddock free because he was a good customer who wagered tens of thousands of dollars each time he visited the casino, the person said. It was just another indication of how methodically he planned the attack. Authorities have said he brought 23 weapons in 10 suitcases into the room and set up cameras inside and out to watch for police closing in on him.