Ammunition Charge Filed in Las Vegas Massacre

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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.

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