CHANDLER, Ariz. - Douglas Haig, the Arizona man who was identified this week as a "person of interest" in the Las Vegas shooting investigation, said Friday that he does not believe the tracer ammunition he sold to gunman Stephen Paddock was used in the massacre.
Prosecutors said Haig's fingerprints were found on some of the unfired high-calibre rounds at the crime scene and that armour-piercing casings recovered from Paddock's hotel room bore tool marks matching the "reloading" equipment they said Haig used to assemble ammunition cartridges. Haig, a 55-year-old aerospace engineer who sold ammunition as a hobby for about 25 years, said he met Stephen Paddock at a Phoenix gun show in the weeks before the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more.
"I'm the guy that sold ammunition to Stephen Paddock", Haig said.
According to Las Vegas Now, Haig was charged before he gave the news conference on Friday.
But Haig told a news conference at the office of his attorney on Friday that none of the surplus military ammunition he sold Paddock in September was ever fired during the killing spree, which ranks as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
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It's not just people harassing Haig at his home: Conspiracy theorists online have seized on Haig's engineering background to lob wild claims about the Las Vegas shooting. He does not appear to have been arrested or in custody at this time.
"He pulled up, very well-dressed, very well-groomed, very polite, very respectful, told me what he wanted", Haig said.
Paddock, 64, was staying at the Mandalay Bay on October 1, 2017, and, from his room on the 32nd floor, opened fire on a crowd of more than 20,000 at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Morphonious said. He added, "I've got some questions of my own about Doug Haig that I'm going to continue seeking answers for".
But Haig is an engineer, and he says he's not a former military officer.
Victor said he hasn't been told whether his client is still being considered a person of interest, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't return a request for comment. Many of their theories lean heavily on Haig's LinkedIn profile, which says that Haig previously worked for Boeing and Northrop Grumman. That was their only transaction, he said. "Haig is likely a Central Intelligence Agency cut-out who is just upholding the public narrative in conjunction with the FBI Las Vegas and the LVMPD".
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"I've had people pounding on my door, death threats, one woman screaming through my door that I should be killed and I should die", Haig said.
He doesn't sell it anymore, and he's not sure if he ever will again.
"I had no contribution to what Paddock did. At no time did I see anything suspicious or odd or any kind of a tell - anything that would set off an alarm". The product that I sold him had absolutely nothing to do with what he did.
Haig's name was blacked out in the more than 270 pages of search warrant records released by a Nevada judge to the AP, but remained on one page of documents provided to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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