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He was quiet, caring: Vegas shooter's girlfriend denies knowledge of attack

The 62-year-old returned to the United States from her native Philippines late Tuesday

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Stephen Paddock
Las Vegas attack perpetrator Stephen Paddock. Image: CBS News

The girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter said on Thursday that she had no idea he was planning the attack, describing her boyfriend as a "quiet, caring man" as President declared the United States a nation in mourning.

In her first public comments over the shooting at a country music concert that left 58 dead and more than 500 injured, said she had hoped for a quiet future with

In Las Vegas, Trump visited with survivors and first responders, eulogizing parents and spouses who "used their own bodies to protect their loved ones" from the onslaught that eliminated any future for many.

He toured the Las Vegas Police Department Command Center and the city's University Medical Center, where he met, among others, officer Tyler Peterson who was injured while responding to the shooting.

"In the months ahead, we will all have to wrestle with the horror that unfolded this week, but we will struggle through it together," the president said.

Air Force One touched down at McCarran Airport as the FBI was questioning Danley for clues to what drove Paddock to mass murder.

ALSO READ: Why gun control loses, and why Las Vegas might change that The 62-year-old returned to the United States from her native Philippines late Tuesday and was met by FBI agents.

In a statement read by her attorney Matthew Lombard, she said she had no hint of what was to come: "I knew as a kind, caring, quiet man."

"I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him," she said.

"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen."

Danley added that two weeks ago, Paddock had told her he found a cheap plane ticket for her to visit family in the Philippines and had wired her money to purchase a house while she was there.

She said she became concerned at that point, thinking he wanted to break up with her.

"It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone," said Danley, an Australian citizen who moved to the United States 20 years ago to work on the casino strip.

US authorities have been at a loss as to how a 64-year- old gambler and retired accountant hauled a vast arsenal of weapons to his hotel room and launched his assault.

Investigators say the shooting appeared to be extensively planned: Paddock set up one camera in the peephole of his hotel room door and two in the hallway.

First Published: Thu, October 05 2017. 08:37 IST