The brother of the Las Vegas gunman told reporters through tears that his “heart is torn” and he hoped a brain tumor was the reason for his brother’s actions.
Eric Paddock choked back tears as he spoke to reporters outside his Florida home on Tuesday, sobbing and admitting he was trying to process “the horror story” that unfolded when his brother, Stephen Paddock, rained down bullets on concertgoers in Las Vegas Sunday night, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others before taking his own life.
“My heart is torn… is destroyed for all of these people. But I can’t tell you why Steve did what he did. It’s so far over the side of the cliff from the Steve that I knew,” Eric Paddock said,, according to CBS News.
In a wide-ranging talk that lasted over 30 minutes, Eric Paddock spoke about the hardships his family had faced as his mother raised four children alone on a secretary’s salary during the 1960’s and 1970’s. His brother helped make their mother’s “retirement very comfortable,” he told reporters.
“My mom was born in the Depression. She had a tough life, her husband was an a******. She raised four kids on a secretary salary and some of us weren’t great kids — we were bad kids at some level. We grew up poor in San Fernando Valley,” he said.
“Steve took care of the people he loved. He helped make me and my family wealthy. He’s the reason I was able to retire. This is the Steve we know, we knew. The people he loved and took care of,” he added.
The emotional brother of the man who is responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history explained that “this crying thing is not my normal gig.”
“I can’t even process this yet really. I woke up this morning crying,” Eric Paddock said. He described his brother as a “highly intelligent, highly successful person” who was capable of doing “anything he wanted to do.”
“When Steve can do this we’re in deep s**t because there’s just nothing there,” he said. “I hope to hell they find when they do an autopsy that there’s a tumor in his head or something because if they don’t we’re all in trouble.”
A motive is still not clear in the well-planned attack but Eric Paddock insisted that his brother’s private life, lack of a Facebook page and lifestyle did not make him odd. He hung out at casino hotels and basically gambled for the last 20 years, he said, adding that “he was a rich guy.”
“He didn’t plan this for 35 years. This happened to my brother — whatever caused him to do this — it happened over the course of months. And here is what I say to the people — maybe no one will ever understand Steve,” Eric Paddock said.
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