Hairstylist Claimed Client With Vegas Shooter's Last Name Said Months Before Las Vegas Massacre That Concert Venue Was Vulnerable

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On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Police Department released documents showing a hairstylist told police that a client who happened to share the Las Vegas shooter's last name and other notable characteristics said months before the Las Vegas massacre that he couldn’t believe an outdoor arena had been built because a shooter could fire into the crowd from the casino across the way.

The Las Vegas mass shooter, a retired accountant, real estate investor and high-stakes gambler, murdered 58 people and wounded hundreds more in the worst mass shooting in American history last October 1, when he fired from his room at the Mandalay Bay resort into the Route 91 Harvest festival.

The hairstylist made the comments on October 10, 2017, roughly a week and a half after the massacre. The hairstylist said the client with the last name made the comments in late June or July, and the hairstylist then reported them to police. The hairstylist later said they were unsure whether a phone call to police had been made. Police said in the interview that they had no record of a call.

The hairstylist said after the client with the shooter's last name made the comments, a woman later arrived; the hairstylist believed it was the shooter's girlfriend. The hairstylist told police, “I asked her, ‘Do you know what he's been saying to me?"' She continued, “She's like, ‘Oh, what, about somebody shooting into a crowd and, you know, wanting to hurt a lot of people?’”

The stylist said the client remarked of the woman, “I wonder what she's worried about? She'll be out of the country.”

The girlfriend was in the Philippines when the massacre occurred.

CORRECTION: The original version of this article inadvertently included the name of the Las Vegas shooter. In accordance with our sitewide policy, that name has been removed.

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