Gun Dealer Who Sold Ammunition to Las Vegas Shooter Charged with Illegal Manufacturing of Armor-piercing Bullets

Douglas Haig held a press conference Friday after he was charged with manufacturing armor-piercing bullets.  (BRIAN SKOLOFF/AP)
Douglas Haig held a press conference Friday after he was charged with manufacturing armor-piercing bullets. (BRIAN SKOLOFF/AP)

The Arizona man who sold 720 rounds of tracer ammunition to Las Vegas massacre gunman Stephen Paddock was charged with manufacturing armor-piercing bullets Friday.

The unfired bullets were recovered from Paddock’s Mandalay Bay hotel room.

Fingerprints linked the bullets to Haig, who was not licensed to manufacture armor-piercing ammunition, according to a complaint filed Friday in federal court in Phoenix. It’s unclear whether they were used in the attack.

Haig was charged just before he held a news conference Friday.

He told reporters his customer was well dressed, polite, and didn’t raise any suspicions.

“He pulled up very well dressed, very well groomed, very polite, very respectful,” Douglas Haig told ABC 15 Arizona of his brief interaction with Paddock.

Haig and his attorney, Marc Victor, held a press conference Friday after Haig was identified as a person of interest in police documents released Tuesday.

Haig said he has received death threats since his name was revealed.

Victor insisted Haig’s interaction with the gunman was extremely limited.

“This was a routine transaction to purchase a routine ammunition,” Victor said at a news conference Friday. “After that transaction, Doug had absolutely no further contact with Mr. Paddock.”

Haig also denied having in any way contributed to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“I had no contribution to what Paddock did. I had no way to see into his mind. The product that I sold him had absolutely nothing to do with what he did. I’m a vendor, a merchant whose name was released,” he told reporters.

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SOURCE: MEGAN CERULLO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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