Investigators identified an Arizona man as a second “person of interest” in the Las Vegas massacre case just days after the shooting, according to documents released by a judge Tuesday.
The man, Douglas Haig, works as an engineer in Arizona and runs the Specialized Military Ammunition company while also working for Honeywell Aerospace, according to The New York Times. Investigators interviewed Haig just days after the mass shooting, according to documents, and Newsweek reportedly interviewed the man but did not publish his comments because the FBI would not publicly connect him to the alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock.
“They asked me a bunch of questions and after about 20 minutes they left. Haven’t heard from them since,” Haig told Newsweek Oct. 4. “I have to think that if it was really, really serious or there was something that they thought I did that was wrong, [the agents] would have been kicking my door down. I didn’t even know who this guy was.”
The judge clarified in the documents that Haig was not “directly related” to the shooting, as Paddock was allegedly a lone shooter.
It should be noted that, in the order to unseal, the judge wrote Paddock was the “lone shooter.” And while the ongoing federal investigation arose out of information “obtained in connection” with #1October, the investigation is “not directly related” to the mass shooting.
— Rachel Crosby (@rachelacrosby) January 30, 2018
The only other publicly acknowledged “person of interest” in the case was Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was later confirmed to be unrelated and out of the country at the time of the shooting. Nevertheless, investigators announced Jan. 17 that charges were still being investigated in the case against a then-unknown individual. It is possible but unconfirmed that Haig is that individual.
Paddock’s shooting left 58 dead and more than 500 wounded after he rained hundreds of rounds down on a Las Vegas music festival from his suite in the Mandalay Bay hotel. The shooting further shocked the world when investigators failed to find any sort of motive, even though there was evidence proving that Paddock had planned the shooting for months.
Internet history found on a computer in his suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel showed his searches only became focused on Las Vegas within weeks of the attack, according to a police report. He searched “do police use explosives” on Sept. 15, 2017, as well as “SWAT Las Vegas.” But other searches from four months before the attack included “open air concert venues,” “biggest open air concert venues in USA,” and “summer concerts 2017.”
The report contains an in-depth summary of Paddock’s life, as well as the events of the shooting. Paddock’s physician described him as “odd” in behavior with “little emotion” shown, according to the report.
“He believed Paddock may have had bipolar disorder however, Paddock did not want to discuss that topic further with him,” the report reads. “Paddock also refused anti-depressant medication but accepted prescriptions for anxiety. He noted Paddock seemed fearful of medications, often refusing to take them. He did not believe Paddock was abusing any medications.”
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