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Are the feds pursuing a criminal indictment in the Route 91 shooting?

Part of Reno Ave. near South Las Vegas Blvd is blocked with police tape in the aftermath of a mass shooting Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with dozens killed and hundreds injured, some by gunfire, some during the chaotic escape. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

On Tuesday, during a court hearing to unseal search warrant records, an attorney for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said there’s the possibility of criminal charges in the case.

The disclosure surprised many in the courtroom because Sheriff Joe Lombardo has repeatedly said there’s no ongoing search for suspects.

The only other name associated with the investigation has been Marilou Danley, Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend.

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Early in the investigation, Danley was described as a person of interest, but after being located, police described her as cooperative.

“As a defense attorney, had she been arrested the day of, or immediately thereafter, I would have been crying a rush to judgment, and that they weren’t adequately investigating—doing their job,” says Las Vegas defense attorney Robert Langford.

Police have said nothing about the potential for an arrest in the case, which leads Langford to speculate the suggested indictment could be federal in nature.

There have been no hints as to who may be under suspicion, but the revelation that someone could be charged didn’t surprise Langford.

“My gut feeling is that there is a second person who had more knowledge that they may have originally claimed,” says Langford. “I think there’s a second person who more involved than they may have originally claimed."


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