Person of interest faces ammo charges for Las Vegas shooting


U.S.A. --( Authorities have charged Douglas Haig, 55, of Mesa Arizona with selling "armor-piercing ammunition" to Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock according to court documents acquired by the Associated Press. The documents show Haig does not have a license to manufacture armor-piercing bullets. Court records don't say if the ammunition was used in the attack.

"Very very thankful that he didn't use any of the ammunition that I sold him, but at the same time I wish he had because it would have given people more reason to scatter", said Haig.

On October 1, Paddock fired on a crowd gathered below his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 and wounding hundreds.

Haig was not aware of what happened in Las Vegas until agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the BATF told him 11 hours after the events unfolded. The company's website says it sold tracer and incendiary ammunition but is now "closed indefinitely".

Douglas Haig is scheduled to hold a news conference Friday in Chandler to discuss his sale to Stephen Paddock.

Neither Haig nor his lawyer could be reached for immediate comment after news of the criminal case broke Friday afternoon.

On Friday, Haig said Paddock first interacted with Haig's business at a Las Vegas gun show, where another man was working Haig's booth.

Haig then put the ammunition in the box later found in Paddock's room.

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Haig's attorney, Marc Victor, said his client wishes he could have figured out the intentions of Paddock but defends the sale of ammunition as legal. "And I can't remember whether he said for or with his friends, but that's what he did say", Haig said.

Investigators had also interviewed Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, as a person of interest, but later cleared her. Haig's identity emerged by mistake after his name was not redacted in court documents. "After that transaction, Doug had absolutely no further contact with Mr. Paddock".

"I have to trust them", Haig said of those customers.

When Haig asked Paddock what he planned to do with the 720 rounds, which were surplus military tracer bullets, Paddock reportedly responded by saying he was planning on going to the desert to "put on a light show" with friends.

"It's been not a lot of fun, quite frankly", Haig said.

Haig works for Honeywell Aerospace, an aircraft engines and avionics manufacturer in Phoenix, a company spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

"I had no contribution to what Paddock did", Haig said. He also stated that to the best of their knowledge none of the ammunition that Haig has sold in the past has ever been used in a crime.

"I had no way to see into his mind", he said. He says he is only a merchant and the government should not have released his name.