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Arizona ammo dealer who sold ammo to Vegas shooter arrested
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A major arrest has been made in connection to the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre that left 58 people dead and over 800 injured.
It was the worst mass shooting in history and, until now, the only person blamed for the rampage was the dead shooter, Stephen Paddock — but that has now changed. Douglas Haig, 55, of Arizona, who was previously named as a person of interest in the case, has been charged with manufacturing and selling armor-piercing bullets without having a proper license, the Associated Press reported.
Haig’s fingerprints were found on the armor-piercing ammo that was discovered in Paddock’s Mandalay Bay hotel room, from which Paddock shot at unsuspecting Route 91 Harvest Festival concertgoers.
More armor-piercing ammunition was found by authorities who searched Haig’s home.
Ammunitions Dealer Charged
Haig has admitted that he sold Paddock 720 rounds of tracer ammunition in the weeks before the shooting, though Haig has denied any involvement in the shooting and said he had no idea what Paddock had planned.
Tracer ammunition has a pyrotechnic charge that creates a light path to allow the shooter to know their aim is correct.
Haig expressed his remorse for what Paddock had done in a press conference on Friday.
“I had no contribution to what Paddock did,” he said. “I had no way to see into his mind.”
A Light Show
Haig later added that he was shocked when authorities informed him of the shooting 11 hours after it occurred. He said that Paddock informed him that “he was going to go out to the desert to put on a light show, either with or for his friends. I can’t remember whether he used the word ‘with’ or ‘for,'” Haig said, “But he said that he was going out at night to shoot it with friends.”
The Associated Press further reported:
Haig, a 55-year-old aerospace engineer who sold ammunition as a hobby for about 25 years, was charged 35 minutes before holding a news conference where he said he didn’t notice anything suspicious when he sold the tracer rounds to Paddock.
Haig told investigators that when Paddock bought the ammunition at his home in suburban Phoenix, Paddock went to his car to get gloves and put them on before taking the box from Haig, the complaint said.
Haig’s attorney said that the press conference was a “bid to protect his reputation” after he had received death threats when his name was first connected to the shooting.
While many are optimistic about a development finally being made in the case, Americans still have many questions that have been left unanswered.
From the shooter’s motive to his girlfriend’s connection, Americans are still in the dark about this deadly massacre. Here’s to hoping we get some answers soon.
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