Ammunition seller charged in connection with Las Vegas shooting

Arizona Man Says He Sold 720 Rounds of Ammunition to Las Vegas Gunman

Arizona Man Says He Sold 720 Rounds of Ammunition to Las Vegas Gunman

Douglas Haig held a press conference Friday to discuss his brief interaction with Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.

Haig remembers his shock when federal investigators called him the day after the shooting.

An Arizona man who sold ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history has been charged with manufacturing armor-piercing bullets.

He appeared this afternoon before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michelle H. Burns and was released on a bond with conditions pending a status conference regarding scheduling of a preliminary hearing on February 15 in Phoenix.

Haig is charged with a single count of conspiracy to manufacture and sell armour-piercing ammunition, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the statement.

A criminal complaint filed Friday morning is sealed in Nevada, but it appears in Arizona court records.

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

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. It also revealed markings consistent with reloading the bullets, which were found to have armor-piercing components inside them.

Federal agents identified Haig through a box with his name on it found in the gunman's hotel room.

It also alleges that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searching Mr Haig's home on October 19 found armour-piercing ammunition.

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A man who sold ammunition to Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has been charged with manufacturing armour-piercing bullets.

"You would have seen red streaks coming from the window", Haig said.

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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. "He paid me, put it in his vehicle and drove away", Haig said.

The shooting on October 1 left 58 people dead and hundreds injured.

"No. I don't think it's me at all", Haig said.

The documents did not disclose why authorities considered Haig a person of interest, and officials haven't said whether he has since been cleared of that designation.

It was unclear from the CBS interview whether Haig was still a person of interest. Investigators were in touch with Haig shortly after the shooting.

Mr Haig earlier told a news conference he had nothing to do with the attack.

An Arizona man who sold ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history says his one-time customer didn't raise suspicions that he planned to commit any crimes.

Haig has since shut down has ammunition business.

Paddock, 64, allegedly came to Haig's home in Mesa, on the outskirts of Phoenix, in September a year ago to buy ammunition. Haig could not recall the exact wording.

He didn't have the quantity of tracer ammunition on hand that Paddock was seeking, so Paddock contacted him several days later and lined up a sale at Haig's home.

"He said that he was going to go out and shoot it at night with friends", Haig said. Paddock then met Haig again at a Phoenix gun show on September 9. Every two to three months, though, he would allow customers to come to his home for purchases. And nothing could be further from the truth, ' Haig said. He described Haig as a "law-abiding citizen" and a "proud American" who is "not a political activist of any kind". That was their only transaction, he said. "I've had people pounding on my door, death threats, one woman screaming through my door that I should be killed, and I should die". Haig said he was "horrified that this man would do something like that".

Haig, 55, of Mesa, Ariz., is a senior engineer for Honeywell Aerospace, an aircraft engines and avionics manufacturer in Phoenix. He went on to say, "He pulled up very well dressed, very well groomed, very polite, respectful". "I had no way to see into his mind".

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