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Man, charged after selling ammo to 1 October shooter, receiving death threats

Man, charged after selling ammo to 1 October shooter, receiving death threats

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. Haig and Paddock exchanged numbers and agreed to coordinator Paddock's future purchase of ammunition. The shooting killed 58 people before taking his own life.

Paddock was found dead inside his hotel room having shot himself in the head. Law enforcement was able to lift a fingerprint off one of the armor-piercing cartridges.

Mr Haig arose in the investigation when a box with his name and address was found in the Mandalay Bay hotel suite where Paddock opened fire on a music festival below.

According to The New York Times, Haig's fingerprints were found on unused ammunition found inside Paddock's Vegas hotel room.

The complaint filed Friday in federal court in Nevada says Haig didn't have a license to manufacture armor-piercing ammunition, which is required to manufacturer or sell such ammunition by US law. He's even offered to show them samples of the ammo he used.

Douglas Haig, 55, of Mesa, Ariz., became the first person arrested and charged in connection with the October 2017 massacre, which ranks as the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

Haig said in a press conference Friday that Paddock didn't raise suspicions that he planned to commit any crimes.

"The product I sold him had absolutely nothing to do with what he did", Haig added, referring to the legal tracer ammunition.

"He said that he was going to go out and shoot it at night with friends", Haig said. Haig could not recall the exact wording.

Robert Spitzer, an expert on firearms and the Second Amendment, said by and large there are no restrictions on the amount of ammunition a person can buy, but a large sale of tracer ammunition would certainly be unusual.

According to Haig the size of the transaction is not out of the ordinary. "Very well dressed, very polite, very respectful". He paid me, put it in his vehicle and drove away. "I'm a vendor, merchant, whose name was released". Investigators were in touch with Haig shortly after the shooting.

Haig said he has received death threats since his name was revealed, CNN reported. Haig's identity emerged by mistake after his name was not redacted in court documents.

But since his name has been linked to the tragedy, Haig said it's been a nightmare.

But the charging documents reveal that Haig told investigators that Paddock "took the time to go back to his auto to get gloves, which he put on prior to taking the box from Haig". According to his lawyer, he cooperated with investigators "without hesitation".

Speaking of the bullets which contain a pyrotechnic charge that illuminates the path of fired bullets, Haig said, 'You would have seen red streaks coming from the window'.