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Dealer who sold ammo to Las Vegas shooter is indicted

Douglas Haig

Brian Skoloff / AP

Douglas Haig takes questions from reporters at a news conference Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Chandler, Ariz. Haig spoke about his experience selling ammunition to the gunman who killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas shooting.

An Arizona man who sold the Oct. 1 mass killer armor-piercing rounds was indicted today by a federal grand jury Las Vegas on a count of manufacturing ammunition without a license, according to the office of the U.S. attorney for the district of Nevada and the FBI.

Douglas Haig, 55, of Mesa, Ariz., had previously been charged in his home state with conspiring to make and sell armor-piercing ammunition. A hearing, which has been postponed six times, was scheduled for Tuesday in Arizona.

Authorities allege they found unfired armor-piercing cartridges with Haig’s fingerprints inside Stephen Paddock’s 32nd floor room after the onslaught that killed 58 and wounded hundreds more on Oct. 1.

Through his online business, Haig, from July 2016 to October, illegally sold the body-piercing ammunition across the U.S., authorities allege. He didn’t have a federal firearms license to do so.

Haig has maintained that he manufactured the bullets but did not sell them, officials said. But inside Paddock’s room, investigators found reloaded and unfired .308-caliber cartridges with Haig’s tool marks and fingerprints.

Haig admitted to investigators he legally sold Paddock tracer rounds, which illuminate the path of fired bullets, in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

Haig is scheduled to appear in a Las Vegas court on Sept. 5, official said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.