by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project:
The man who sold ammunition to the suspect in the Las Vegas shooting is facing five years in prison on felony charges of conspiracy to manufacture and sell armor-piercing ammunition.
The man who sold ammunition to Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock was arrested on Friday and charged with conspiracy to manufacture and sell armor-piercing ammunition.
Douglas Haig, a 55-year-old aerospace engineer from Arizona, is now facing up to five years in prison for the transaction he made with Paddock before the deadly shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 500. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Haig became a “person of interest” after FBI agents found “two unfired cartridges bearing Haig’s fingerprints” in Paddock’s suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
A criminal complaint filed against Haig claimed that he was selling “armor piercing ammunition throughout the U.S., including Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and South Carolina.” However, he does not “have a license to manufacture armor piercing ammunition.”
“I’m the guy that sold ammunition to Stephen Paddock,” Haig told reporters when his name was first released.
According to the report from the Review-Journal, Haig sells military surplus ammunition part-time as a “hobby,” and he first came in contact with Paddock in August 2017:
Haig met Paddock in person on Aug. 27 at a gun show in Phoenix. At the time, Haig did not have enough of the ammunition Paddock wanted, so Haig gave him his business card.
A few days later, Paddock called Haig. Haig was at work, so the Arizona man asked Paddock to call him later. That’s when Haig gave him his personal address and allowed him to come pick up the ammunition. Paddock got lost on the way to Haig’s home, so he called him a third time, then eventually pulled up to the Arizona man’s address.
“He said that he was going to go out to the desert and put on a light show either with or for his friends,” Haig said.
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