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Marilou Danley, the alleged girlfriend of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock, was declared a "person of interest" in the shooting incident. Las Vegas Police Department

Marilou Danley, the alleged girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, was beaten and abused by her boyfriend when the two visited a local Starbucks shop, workers behind the counter at the coffee shop inside the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nevada, recalled Tuesday, according to reports. At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured Sunday when Paddock fired rounds at a crowd of 22,000 people attending a musical concert.

After Paddock's girlfriend was declared as a person of interest in the Las Vegas shooting incident, new details started emerging about her relationship with Paddock. A report said Tuesday that Paddock had a habit of berating his girlfriend.

“It happened a lot,” Esperanza Mendoza, supervisor of the local Starbucks outlet where they met, said Tuesday. “He would glare down at her and say — with a mean attitude — ‘You don’t need my casino card for this. I’m paying for your drink, just like I’m paying for you.’ Then she would softly say, ‘OK’ and step back behind him. He was so rude to her in front of us.”

Danley and Paddock started dating in spring 2017 and they shared a home in Mesquite, Nevada. Danley used to work in casinos and lived in Nerang, Queensland. She was married to an Australian man before she moved to the U.S. Police described her as Paddock’s “companion” and “roommate,” according to the New York Times.

After the mass shooting incident, Paddock turned the gun on himself. He was found dead in his Las Vegas hotel room on the 32nd floor.

Danley was reportedly traveling through Asia when her boyfriend opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Danley, 62, flew to Hong Kong on Sept. 25, NBC News reported Tuesday. At the time of the Las Vegas mass shooting, Danley was in the Philippines.

Police initially suspected Danley's involvement in the shooting when they learned Paddock had wired $100,000 to the Philippines the week before the massacre. It wasn’t immediately clear if the money was meant for Danley. But authorities later said Danley was likely not involved in the slaughter.

“We have had conversations with her and we believed her, at this time, not to be involved. But obviously, that investigation will continue,” Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. “She was not with [Paddock, the suspected shooter] when he checked in. We have discovered he was utilizing some of her identification.”

Danley is due to arrive in the U.S. on Wednesday to face questions from police regarding the deadly shooting carried out by Paddock. The motive behind Paddock's actions remains unclear. “I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troubling,” Lombardo said. “This person may have been radicalized, unbeknownst to us, and we want to identify that source.”

Meanwhile, a new police body cam video released Tuesday night revealed how chaos unfolded at the concert as officers tried to figure out the location of the gunman. Amid the sounds of gunfire and screams, people yelled, "They're shooting right at us," while officers shouted, "Go that way!"

Lombardo said that authorities were reviewing footage from police body cameras to get more details about the night of the deadly attack. "This individual was premeditated," Lombardo said Tuesday. "I'm sure he evaluated everything he did in his actions, which is troublesome."

"The world has changed. And, you know, who would have ever imagined this situation," Lombardo said. "I couldn't imagine it. And for this individual to take it upon himself to create this chaos and harm is unspeakable."