(Ken Silva, Headline USA) On Oct. 1, 2017, an unidentified woman took a taxi to Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip—but she decided not to attend the concert, apparently because “things didn’t feel right.”
Soon thereafter, the deadliest mass shooting in American history took place.
The woman’s premonition about the shooting was revealed in newly released FBI records about the deadly event. The woman’s identity is redacted from the memo.
According to the heavily redacted FBI memo, the woman in question may have seen gunman Stephen Paddock at Mandalay Bay, where he was allegedly staying.
“At some point during her visit, [REDACTED] saw a man with an unusually large bag. [REDACTED] advised that the bag looked like it may have contained sports equipment or a portable massage table,” states the FBI memo, which is dated Oct. 5, 2017.
“[REDACTED] could not remember where or when she saw the bag or any details about the man who possessed it. [REDACTED] did not see anything else out of place or unusual while at the Mandalay Bay hotel. [REDACTED] took a cab to the country music concert on 10/01/2017, but when she arrived ‘things didn’t feel right’ and she decided not to attend.”
The memo doesn’t elaborate on the woman’s trip or why she may have felt uneasy immediately before the Las Vegas shooting began, killing 60 people.
The FBI memo’s release comes more than five years after media reports of a mysterious woman who had been telling concertgoers, “You’re all going to fucking die,” minutes before shooting started.
“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 fucking die. She said they’re all around us and we were going to die. She was Hispanic, probably about 5 feet 5 [inches tall], brown hair. It felt like she had knowledge of what was about to happen, her and her boyfriend who was also Hispanic,” concert attendee Brianna Hendricks reportedly told the Daily Mail in 2017.
“The woman was saying her boyfriend couldn’t breathe 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.”
The FBI memo about the woman’s premonition is not the only head-scratching record included in the newly released document about the shooting. As Headline USA reported first last week, other records detail rumors that Paddock had been a psych patient.
However, most media outlets have concentrated on records about a possible motive for Paddock’s killing spree: some $38,000 in gambling losses—a dubious reason, considering that Paddock was reportedly a multimillionaire.
After the FBI released the records about this last week, local police responded by calling it “unprofessional” for the FBI to publish the new information without first notifying the Metropolitan Police Department.
“It will be very damaging to the 22,000 people that attended the concert, the victims of the family members that were lost and the survivors,” Kelly McMahill, a retired deputy chief, reportedly told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “There is still no known motive five years later, and LVMPD would never hide a potential motive from any of our victims.”
Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.