Has there been any update on this exceedingly odd clip since it started making the rounds online last night? I can’t find any police statements about it even though it seems like an astounding coincidence that some woman was warning concertgoers they were all going to die less than an hour before the worst mass shooting in American history.
The first, presumptive explanation in a case like this is “hoax,” but I don’t get a hoax vibe from the clip. The eyewitness’s full name is out there; she doesn’t seem drunk, and at one point momentarily appears to be on the verge of tears. She was apparently at the concert with her mom, not with a group of friends whom she might have been inclined to “impress” by making something up to get on TV.
The mystery woman who was supposedly telling people they were about to die wasn’t Marilou Danley, Stephen Paddock’s “companion,” though. That was the assumption when this clip went viral, that Danley was in on the whole thing and couldn’t resist taunting the concertgoers beforehand that they were marked for death. But Danley’s been cleared by Las Vegas police. She wasn’t even in the country. And when you watch the clip, you’ll see that the eyewitness claims that there was a man with the mystery woman — Hispanic, not white, as Paddock was. Were there really three people involved in this murder plot? C’mon.
The Daily Mail appears to have interviewed the eyewitness, as the quote here doesn’t precisely match what she says in the clip below. It also gives you a better sense of exactly what went on with the mystery woman who was threatening people:
Brianna Hendricks, who is in Vegas celebrating her 21st birthday, said: ‘There was a lady who came running up behind us in the concert and she started to play with people’s hair acting crazy and she told us that we’re all going to f***ing die.
‘She said they’re all around us and we were going to die.
‘She was Hispanic, probably about 5ft 5, brown hair. It felt like she had knowledge of what was about to happen, her and her boyfriend who was also Hispanic.
‘The woman was saying her boyfriend couldn’t breath so they could get through the crowd. It seemed she was telling us to either warn us or she was part of it and she was telling us because she knew we were going to die, it was so scary.’
Hendricks never mentions the detail about the woman acting crazy and playing with people’s hair or babbling about “them” being “all around us” in the interview with the reporter below. That makes it sound like the mystery woman was off her nut, possibly high on God knows what drug (it’s Vegas, after all), and paranoid. If she was annoying people by harassing them and they started yelling for security to kick her out, she might have gotten angry and threatened them. It really might have been nothing more than an amazing coincidence.
According to Hendricks, security officers did come and escort the woman out. Assuming they’ve already been interviewed by police, which is a safe assumption, what are we to make of the fact that Las Vegas police hasn’t issued a BOLO for a Hispanic couple matching Hendricks’s description? They must have concluded it was a coincidence too.
Update (10/3): Maybe it was a hoax?
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) October 3, 2017