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Marilou Danley was named by the Las Vegas Sheriff as a person of interest in the mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip that has taken the lives of 50 people and wounded at least 200 concert-goers.
The suspect, Danley’s roommate, was identified by police as Stephen Paddock, 64. His motive was not yet clear, but police said that the mass shooting appeared to be a lone wolf attack. Paddock sprayed gunfire from the 32nd floor of the popular Mandalay Bay hotel at the crowd of people who had gathered to listen to Jason Aldean play at a Route 91 concert outside. Authorities say they breached the gunman’s hotel door, and killed him.
Authorities released Danley’s name at an early morning news conference on October 2, even before they released the name of the suspected shooter, whose background and motive are not yet publicly known, other than the fact that authorities say he was a local person.
Police said Danley, 62, lived with the shooter in Mesquite. Public records show she lived at the same address as him since January 2017. She has also lived in Sparks and Reno, Nevada, along with Canton, Ohio; Springdale, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee, according to public records. Police announced that they were seeking Marilou Danley for questioning in the attack and also released a picture of her car. They later revealed that they had located Danley, but they did not provide details of that encounter.
The names of the victims were not yet released, but they included two off-duty police officers. Although some news sites gave Danley’s name as Marylou, she used Marilou Danley on Facebook and in public records. Danley had worked as a high stakes casino hostess in the past, and she is 62.
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The horrific scene of events led to a frightening and chaotic night on the Las Vegas strip as police chased reports of other shootings that proved false and people hid in buses and anywhere they could find to take shelter. Videos and photos painted a graphic picture of the scene with bloodied victims lying on the ground. The family members of victims were gathered at the scene.
On her now deleted Facebook page, Danley’s posts were fairly typical, at least the public ones, describing a fun-loving life.
For example, she wrote on one comment thread on her page, “Hi! my dear friend.Thanks for the cruise info. I’m still checking a good deal. Like all the places you’re going. Would love to join you. Take care and say Hi!” Told in 2016 that she looked good at age 61 in one photo, she responded, “Awww! How sweet!!! Thanks sis!!! It’s in our genes!!! We look young & aged gracefully! Plus a trip to the gym, zumba and my daily beauty regiments!!! Love you!” One check-in revealed she had attended a concert at the Mandalay Bay a couple years ago.
She described herself as a mother and grandmother on Facebook.
“We have not located her at this time and we are interested in talking to her for followup,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a press conference of Marilou Danley, releasing her name (they later found her, as noted). Police are also looking for two vehicles with Nevada plates, a Hyundai Tucson with license plate number 114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring with plate number 19D401. They are registered to the gunman. Police said Danley was Paddock’s roommate, according to the AP, but they described the mass shooting as a “lone wolf” attack.
It’s not clear what Paddock’s murder was for the mass shooting.