What we know about Las Vegas shooter; brother shares family history

Stephen Paddock, the alleged Las Vegas gunman who opened fire on concertgoers, lived in an upscale retirement community in Mesquite.

Located just 90 miles from Las Vegas, Paddock purchased the home in 2015 for just over $369,000, according to the Daily Mail.

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In what has become the deadliest mass shooting in US history, Paddock is suspected of firing on a crowd from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel — he had been staying at the hotel since September 28, the British tabloid reported.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded — Paddock would save the last bullet he fired for himself, taking the coward’s way out by killing himself.

The shooter’s brother was in total shock over the tragedy.

“We’re lost. We don’t understand anything,” Eric Paddock said in an interview aired on Fox News:

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More from the Daily Mail on Paddock:

He lived there with 62-year-old Marilou Danley according to records, the same woman police have bee searching for since late Sunday night as they begin their investigation into the horrific terror attack.

Paddock had both hunting and fishing licenses according to public records, as well as his pilot’s license, but no criminal record in the state of Nevada.

He may have worked as an internal auditor at Lockheed Martin for some time, and managed an apartment building complex in Mesquite, Texas.


Danley was reportedly sitting in Paddock’s car before the shooting, but has been cleared for now of any involvement.

The one-story three-bedroom retirement home was stormed by police early Monday, according to Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner.

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Paddock had no social media presence, according to the Daily Mail, making it more difficult to get a clearer picture of just who he was.

Eric Paddock said his family has no idea why he would open fire on so many people.

“He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something,” the brother said from his home in Orlando, Florida. “We know absolutely nothing, this is just, we are dumbfounded.”

“We have absolutely no idea. Our condolences go to the victims and all their families.”

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Paddock said his brother had no experience with guns that he was aware of.

“Not an avid gun guy at all,” he said of his Stephen Paddock. “The fact that he had these kind of weapons is … where the hell did he get automatic weapons?”

“He has no military background or anything like that,” Paddock said. “He is a guy who lives in a house in Mesquite, who drove down and gambled in Las Vegas. He did stuff, ate burritos.”

His full interview can be seen below:


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