Las Vegas Shooter's Father Was On FBI Most Wanted List

Jay Jacobs
October 4, 2017

His life is the subject of a sprawling investigation into what drove him to show up at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with at least 10 suitcases filled with guns and open fire from his 32nd floor suite on a country music festival, killing 59 people and injuring almost 530.

Eric Paddock, the brother of Stephen Craig Paddock, who police say killed at least 50 people from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino late Sunday, told the Orlando Sentinel that their father was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock. He is dead. The sheriff said Paddock killed himself prior to their entry to the room.

Dr Adam Lankford, a University of Alabama criminologist who studies mass killers, said attacking from such a high location gave Paddock a tactical advantage that "rendered moot" everything Americans have been taught to do in mass shooting situations - to run from the gunfire, hide or even fight back if encountering the shooter.

Eric Paddock recalled receiving a recent text from his brother showing "a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine". "That was it. There's absolutely nothing". Stephen most recently messaged to see if his mother had power after a hurricane lashed Florida.

Authorities have not yet determined a motive for his actions.

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Paddock owned a single-family home in Sun City Mesquite, a retirement community along the Nevada-Arizona border, Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner said.

Jorge Juertes lived next door to Paddock's mother when she resided in Dallas, Texas, and said he met the killer once. Police say they don't believe she was involved.

Paddock is thought to have brought 10 suitcases into the hotel room he had been staying in since Thursday, with no questions asked by housekeepers who serviced the room. Las Vegas police said he had 23 guns at the hotel, including semiautomatic rifles, and 19 at his home along with thousands of rounds of ammunition.

He said his brother had no criminal history, "doesn't have parking tickets, probably", and said his brother had no political or religious affiliation, no military background and no history of mental illness.

In the last three years alone, more than 200 reports about Paddock's activities, particularly large transactions at casinos, have been filed with law enforcement authorities, ABC News was told.

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