• James Thorpe

The Las Vegas Gunman: What We Know About Him

Three days after what is considered to be the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, investigators appear no closer to solving the question: Why? Why did the gunman continue firing with an arsenal of weapons for up to 11 minutes, leaving at least 58 people dead and more than 500 with gunshot wounds or stampede injuries?

According to CNN, Paddock's motive and aims still remain a mystery to investigators. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police believe Paddock acted alone when he sprayed gunfire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival. It was also reported that he had more than 50 pounds of explosives and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car in the hotel parking lot

UPDATE 10/5: According to the New York Times, Paddock has left traces of evidence that point out he had plans to target to other music festivals, one being Chicago's Lollapalooza. His girlfriend at the time, Marilou Danley, issued her first public statement since the shooting claiming she "did not know he had been planning to harm anyone." In her statement, she said Paddock sent her on a trip to the Philippines and wired her money once she arrived there.

Here are some facts about Paddock:

  • Stephen Paddock, 64, lived in Mesquite, Nevada but was originally from the Orlando, Florida area.

  • Had at one point lived in Mesquite, Texas prior to 2010 with records tying him to three addresses there.

  • He was a retired accountant.

  • Had no known children and was twice divorced. The first divorce was in 1979 and his second was in 1990.

  • He recently had a girlfriend who he was living with but she was in the Philippines at the time of the mass shooting by Paddock.

  • His brother Eric Paddock of Orlando, Florida said that his brother had never shown any violent tendencies before and had never been known to have belong to any hate or political groups.

  • Stephen Paddock was described by his brother as being “just a guy” and an “army of one” who had been divorced once.

  • Stephen Paddock’s father was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a convicted bank robber who at one point had spent years on the FBI’s most-wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977. Benjamin Paddock was described as “psychopathic” with suicidal tendencies. He was said to of been rarely around with Eric Paddock being born during a time Benjamin Paddock was on the run for robbing banks. He was noted as being an “avid bridge player.”

  • He had bought the firearms and had 23 firearms in the room that Las Vegas Metropolitan Police recovered as well as an additional 19 in his house, legally and had modified some of them to be able to fire automatically rather than semi-automatically according to some early reports.

  • He had two planes and at one point held a pilot’s license. He also was known to take many cruises.​

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