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Prosecutors charge Arizona man who sold ammo to Las Vegas shooter

04 February 2018

Authorities don't believe an Arizona man committed a federal crime or had any involvement or knowledge of the planned attack when he sold ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, a law enforcement official said Wednesday. Court documents obtained by the Associated Press show Douglas Haig has been charged manufacturing armor-piercing ammo without a license.

The agents later matched markings characteristic of Haig's tools to two unfired armor-piercing cartridges found bearing Haig's fingerprints in Paddock's Las Vegas hotel room. Court records don't say if the ammunition was used in the attack.

Haig, an aerospace engineer and part-time ammunition reseller, said he sold 720 rounds of surplus USA military tracer ammunition to Paddock at his Mesa home in September after Paddock approached him at a Phoenix gun show. "At no time did I see anything suspicious or odd or any kind of tell, anything that would set off an alarm".

Douglas Haig was publicly named as a "person of interest" by mistake Tuesday when his name wasn't redacted in court documents released almost four months after the october 1 shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people.

He said that when Paddock visited him in Arizona he "told me what he wanted, I gathered it up, put it in a box, told him what he owed me".

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It said Haig previously ran an internet business, called Specialized Military Ammunition, selling armour-piercing bullets - some consisting of high-explosive and incendiary rounds - throughout the United States, but lacked a licence to manufacture such ammunition.

The FBI didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

He said he was 'horrified that this man would do something like that, ' and called the news 'probably one of the most frightful things I've ever been told or heard of'.

Haig told reporters he has sold ammunition only as a hobby for the past two decades. "And I can't remember whether he said for or with his friends, but that's what he did say", Haig said.

The only other person of interest named in search warrants was Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

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"He said that he was going to go out and shoot it at night with friends", Haig said. The judge later said her staff should have redacted the name.

The complaint said Mr Haig sold such bullets in more than 100 instances to customers across the United States, including Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and SC. That was their only transaction, he said.

Haig, 55, of Mesa, Ariz., is a senior engineer for Honeywell Aerospace, an aircraft engines and avionics manufacturer in Phoenix. Now he's not sure he will ever get back into the business.

"I couldn't detect anything wrong with this guy", he said of Paddock. "I had no way to see into his mind". He says he is only a merchant and the government should not have released his name.

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Prosecutors charge Arizona man who sold ammo to Las Vegas shooter