Douglas Haig talks on Jan. 30, 2018, about selling tracer ammunition to Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. Michael Chow/azcentral.com
PHOENIX — A Mesa man who sold ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been charged with manufacturing armor-piercing bullets.
A complaint says unfired armor-piercing bullets found inside the Las Vegas hotel room where the attack was launched on Oct. 1 contained the fingerprints of ammunition dealer Douglas Haig.
The complaint filed Friday in federal court in Phoenix says Haig didn’t have a license to manufacture armor-piercing ammunition.
Stephen Paddock purchased ammunition from Haig at his east Mesa home just days before the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
The two had met twice before, at gun shows Aug. 27 in Las Vegas and Sept. 9 in Phoenix. Paddock bought a small quantity of ammunition from Haig at the Las Vegas show.
Haig was charged shortly before holding a news conference Friday. He said he noticed nothing suspicious when he sold 720 rounds of ammunition to Paddock in the weeks before the attack that killed 58 people. More than 600 rounds of that was sold in a transaction Sept. 19.
Paddock paid for the order in cash. He returned to his car to get and put on gloves before taking the ammunition, in an Amazon.com shipping box, from Haig, according to the complaint.
Haig, 55, is aerospace engineer who has sold ammunition as a hobby for about 25 years.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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