A woman caught up in the horrific events in Las Vegas on Sunday night was miraculously saved by her mobile phone which blocked one of the shooter’s bullets.
The unnamed woman was in a taxi on her way home from the Route 91 festival where Stephen Paddock shot at crowds of people who were enjoying live country music.
According to the post on Twitter, the woman told the taxi driver what had happened, took a photo and it has since 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
No information about the woman has been published and she remains anonymous but thankfully alive.
64-year-old Paddock stationed himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel which overlooked the packed festival, and carried out an 11-minute shooting spree from a smashed window, leaving 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.
It has gone down as the deadliest shooting in modern US history.
Earlier, leaked images showing Paddock’s body lying in the hotel room, with a note placed close by, made their way online.
He can be seen surrounded by an assortment of weapons and shell casings including a bipod mounted rifle by his feet as well as a blood stained revolver lying close by.
On a nearby side table, there appears to be a note which could perhaps offer an insight into Paddock’s thinking before the massacre took place.
— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) October 3, 2017
Police said they are trying to establish a motive as to why the 64-year-old property developer carried out the attack.
They hope to find answers from Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was out of the country at the time of the shooting but has returned to the United States to be interviewed.
Danley’s sisters have spoken out during an emotional interview.
Her sisters told Yahoo 7 News they weren’t expecting her visit and while breaking down in tears on camera, one sister, who did not wish to be named, said Danley ‘doesn’t know anything like us’, adding:
She was sent away. 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 be to compensate the 59 people’s lives.
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Paddock, who seemingly killed himself in the hotel room before officers arrived, has been found to have had no criminal record and was not known to police.
In his hotel room, police found 23 guns as well as further firearms and explosives at his home – in total, 47 firearms have been recovered, officials said.
The sisters also revealed Danley was sent £98,000 ($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 also believe their sister might be the only person who can ‘put the puzzles together’ as Paddock is 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.
Police revealed Paddock had around 24 firearms on him at the hotel and ‘in excess of’ 19 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition at his home, police also found explosives at the property and in his car.
This has lead to people asking why he needed so many guns and more pressure to introduce gun laws.
Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy.