A woman that was caught up in the horrific events in Las Vegas on Sunday, October the 1st, was saved miraculously by her mobile phone that blocked one of the shooter’s bullets. The unidentified woman was in a taxi on her way home from the Route 91 festival when Stephen Paddock shot at crowd of people who were enjoying the live country music from his hotel window.
According to a Twitter post, the woman told the taxi driver what happened, took a picture and it has found its way online.
Las Vegas concertgoer’s life is saved by her IPHONE after a bullet shatters rose gold handset during deadly attack pic.twitter.com/R1RE1mt1Oy
— Pst. Gbenro (@gbenro) October 4, 2017
The 64-year-old Paddock, stationed himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel overlooking the packed festival and carried out an 11-minute shooting spree from a smashed window. He left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured – the deadliest shooting in modern US history.
Images that have leaked since show Paddock’s body lying in the hotel room with a note placed close by, surrounded by an assortment of weapons including a bipod mounted rifle by his feet and a bloodstained revolver. On a nearby side table, there was a note that can offer an insight into Paddock’s thinking before the massacre took place.
— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) October 3, 2017
The police are trying to find out why the 64-year-old carried out the attack. They are also hoping to find answers from his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was out of the country when the incident happened and has now returned to the U.S to be interviewed by the police. Her sisters have spoken out in a recent interview for Yahoo 7 News.
“She was sent away,” the sisters told Yahoo 7 News. “She was away so that she will not be there to interfere with what he’s planning.
“She didn’t even know that she was going to the Philippines until Steve said, ‘Marilou, I found you a cheap ticket to the Philippines.’
“In that sense I thank him for sparing my sister’s life, but that won’t compensate the 59 people’s lives.”
Paddock killed himself before the officers arrived in his hotel room; he was found to have no criminal records and was not known to the police. 23 guns were discovered in his hotel room, as well as firearms and explosives at his home taking the total number of firearms discovered to 47.
Marilou Danley’s sisters also revealed their sibling was sent $127,000 but did not say what it was for.
Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
They believe that their sister can be the only person to put the pieces of the puzzle together as Paddock is now dead.
One of the sisters said:
“To be able to find out the person you love and live with can do such a thing and you thought you know the person yourself.”
Explosives were also discovered at Paddock’s property and in his car. This information has lead many people to question how anybody could have collected so much weaponry legally and is certain to intensify the already-heated debate about gun laws in the United States.
Our thoughts go out to the ones affected by this tragedy.