Girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter returns to US from Philippines in a wheelchair, met by FBI at LAX

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Authorities are questioning Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. (Images: Facebook)

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, arrived in the United States on Tuesday, where was she met by authorities at Los Angeles International Airport.

Video footage obtained by NBC News (see below) shows Danley, 62, being escorted through LAX in a wheelchair.

It’s unclear whether she’s injured or if it’s a play for sympathy as the FBI desperately searches for answers behind the tragic October 1 shooting. The wheelchair bit certainly looks suspicious.

Danley — an Australian citizen who had been in the Philippines since September 22 — voluntarily returned to America to answer questions about her boyfriend, who committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Police had initially declared Danley a “person of interest” right after the shooting. Hours later, authorities reversed themselves, claiming Marilou was no longer a person of interest.

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Then, on Tuesday afternoon, police said Danley was once again a “person of interest” after a cache of weapons, ammunition, and explosives were found at the home she had shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada.

Meanwhile, a disturbing picture is emerging of Marilou Danley. While her sisters and her nephew, Jordan Knights, insist she knew nothing about Stephen Paddock’s murderous plans, her dubious past raises eyebrows.

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Police say Stephen Paddock committed suicide after his shooting rampage. (Images: Laura Loomer/Twitter and Daily Mail)

According to her LinkedIn profile, Danley worked as a “high-limit hostess” at a Reno casino between 2010 and 2013.

Records show Paddock had wired more than $100,000 to Marilou’s home in the Philippines shortly before his shooting rampage.

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Stephen Paddock and Marilou Danley are pictured in the Philippines in this undated Facebook photo.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting, saying Paddock, 64, was a recent Muslim convert who was a soldier for the Islamic state. Authorities quickly shot that down. But given how they reversed themselves on Marilou Danley, can the public really take their word for it? The plot thickens.

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Editor’s note: This story was updated to omit false claims by Newsweek stating Danley was a bigamist who had used two different Social Security numbers. Newsweek has since retracted its story.

Samantha Chang

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