The sisters to the girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, on Wednesday say he encouraged his girlfriend Marilou Danley to leave the country before his attack that left 58 people dead.
Paddock, who is said to have acted alone, also injured about five hundred people who came for the musical concert.
The sisters, who spoke to 7 News exclusively, did not want to be identified by name and requested their faces be blurred.
“I know that she don’t know anything as well like us. She was sent away. She was away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he’s planning,” one of Danley’s sisters told 7 News from their home in Australia’s Gold Coast region.
“In that sense, I thank him for sparing my sister’s life,” she said, adding her sister was “really in love with Steve.”
The other sister said Danley, who arrived back in the US from the Philippines on Tuesday, “didn’t even know that she was going to the Philippines, until Steve said, ‘Marilou, I found you a cheap ticket to the Philippines.'”
She added Danley was likely “even (more) shocked than us” by his actions.”No one can put the puzzles together, no one, except Marilou, because Steve is not here to talk anymore. Only Marilou can maybe help,” the sister said.
“If Marilou was there, this maybe as well didn’t happen because she won’t let it happen.”
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, police had described Danley as a “travelling companion” of the shooter, but did not describe her as a suspect.
No one knows why Paddock morphed from a retired accountant to the deadliest mass shooter in modern US history. His relentless gunfire — police say he fired for nine to 11 minutes after the first 911 call — left 58 people dead.
So far, police believe Paddock acted alone — which could make the motive harder to determine.