Douglas Haig, the Arizona man who sold bullets to Las Vegas concert gunman Stephen Paddock, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture and sell armor-piercing ammunition without a license. Haig is the first person to be charged in connection with the Las Vegas shooting investigation.
The Arizona man who sold bullets to gunman Stephen Paddock was charged Friday with conspiracy to manufacture and sell armor-piercing ammunition without a license. Douglas Haig, 55, is the first person to be charged in connection with the Las Vegas shooting investigation, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Paddock, 64, killed himself on Oct. 1 after fatally shooting 58 people and wounding hundreds more. According to a criminal complaint, the FBI determined that “two unfired cartridges bearing Haig’s fingerprints” were found in Paddock’s suite at the Mandalay Bay resort. The cartridges are classified as armor-piercing ammunition.
U.S. Magistrate Michelle Burns released Haig on his own recognizance. He must remove all weapons, ammunition and related equipment from his home by 5 p.m. Wednesday. During an earlier news conference, Marc Victor, an attorney for Haig, said his client sold ammunition to Paddock legally. He described Haig as a “law-abiding citizen” and a “proud American” who is “not a political activist of any kind.” He said he did not believe the tracer ammunition he sold to Paddock was used in the massacre.