Man who sold ammo to Vegas shooter charged
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
An Arizona man is the first person to be charged in connection with the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Doug Haig was charged Friday with illegally manufacturing armor-piercing bullets. Haig previously admitted to selling specialized ammunition to shooter Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in the October mass shooting.
“I had no contribution to what Paddock did,” said Haig in a Friday morning press conference. “I had no way to see into his mind.”
Haig said he sold Paddock 750 rounds of tracer ammunition one month before the mass shooting and that Paddock bought “surplus military tracer ammunition.”
However, federal court records say unfired armor-piercing bullets with Haig’s fingerprints were recovered inside the hotel room where Paddock carried out his deadly attack. Authorities also recovered a shipping box with Haig’s name and address.
Haig did not have a license to manufacture armor-piercing ammunition, according to the complaint filed in federal court.
Authorities also connected Haig to more than 100 illegal sales across the country, sometimes conducted through his website and sometimes at gun shows, including one held at Cashman Center in Las Vegas.
Three weeks following the shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, court records say Haig sold off all of his ammunition for $20 to an associate because “he did not want to be in possession of the ammunition if law enforcement arrested him on the way out of the event.”
However, Haig maintains he had no idea Paddock was planning what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
“At no time did I see anything suspicious or odd... or any kind of a tell.. or anything that would set off an alarm,” said Haig.
If convicted, Haig could face up to five years in prison or $250,000 fine or both.
Haig is due in court on February 14.