by Laura Loomer, Laura Loomer:
A witness statement that is part of a batch of newly released police documents concerning the Las Vegas shooting reveals that in the days before the Las Vegas shooting, Stephen Paddock and a woman were picked up by an Uber driver who said Paddock “commented on the Mandalay Bay Area for a terrorist attack” as he was being dropped off at the Mandalay Bay.
The witness statement is one of many previously unspoken statements that were released nearly one week ago after a judge ordered them to be released.
“I got a request to pick up Paddock at Terminal #1 pick-up area for Uber, not sure what day or time. I picked up a man and a woman with a big blue suitcase, old looking, and heavy, and he commented on the Mandalay Bay area for a terrorist attack and [was] dropped at the Mandalay Bay,” the Uber driver stated in her report filed with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “Maybe check Uber records.” –Witness Uber driver who had contact with Stephen Paddock
The name of the Uber driver is redacted on the report, but the driver is described as a 5’10 200-pound woman with red hair and blue eyes. The witness statement was documented on October 4, 2017 by an LVMPD officer, which begs the question as to why the public is only now finding out 8 months after the Las Vegas shooting that Paddock mentioned a terrorist attack taking place at Mandalay Bay, prior to the attack. Interestingly, the witness originally wrote “they” in her statement, but then crossed out the word “they” and changed it to “he”. However, in the witness statement, it is made very clear that another woman was also in the car with Paddock and the Uber driver. It is unclear whether the woman in the Uber with Paddock was his girlfriend Marilou Danley, but other recently released Vegas shooting documents revealed that three women were in Paddock’s room when police entered his 32nd floor suite the night of the shooting Oct 1, 2017.
On October 1, 2017, police say Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from his 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring over 800 more. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and the FBI have still not provided a motive for the shooting, remaining adamant that Paddock was a lone shooter and that the Las Vegas Shooting was not an act of terrorism. It is concerning that investigators would immediately say that the Las Vegas shooting is not an act of terrorism, because according to the witness statement, Paddock himself used the phrase “terrorist attack” when speaking to the Uber driver about Mandalay Bay.
Immediately following the Las Vegas shooting, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Paddock was an ISIS soldier who converted to Islam six months prior to the attack. However, without completing an investigation and less than 48 hours after the shooting, Aaron Rouse, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Las Vegas told the American public and the media in a press conference on October 2, 2017, one day after the shooting, “We have determined, to this point, no connection to an international terrorist group.”
Adding more concern to questions surrounding the competence level and honesty of Las Vegas shooting investigators, including Sheriff Lombardo and Agent Rouse, the witness statement was documented on October 4, 2017. However, according to a statement made by Dr. Larry Barton, an FBI Academy Threat Management Instructor, during an interview with NBC News on October 2, 2017, “I just got this 10 minutes ago, and you’ll be the first people to know this. The good people of Uber just called me to tell me that they picked up this perpetrator and his girlfriend on September 9th, and September 20th, and guess where they took them? To the Mandalay Bay. This fell out of fortune, so I suggested to Uber, you need to call the FBI and give them that information.”