UPDATE: FBI says Las Vegas shooter had no connection to international terrorist group
LAS VEGAS (KRON) — 64-year-old Stephen Paddock has been identified as the shooter in the Las Vegas concert massacre.
Authorities say he killed more than 50 people when he opened fire at a country-music concert in Las Vegas.
He fired hundred of rounds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino overlooking the helpless crowd.
By the time police broke into his room, Paddock had already killed himself.
First responders found him dead with at least ten firearms.
Paddock reportedly checked into the hotel on Sept. 28, three days prior to the massacre.
Law enforcement has no “derogatory information” about Paddock, besides the fact that he received a citation several years ago that was handled in the court system.
Heavily armed police are searching the Nevada retirement-community home where he lived.
Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner says police surrounded and entered the single-family home where Paddock lived with 62-year-old Marilou Danley early Monday morning.
He says Danley was not at the house and police saw “no movement” inside before serving a search warrant at the one-story, three-bedroom home in the Sun City Mesquite retirement community, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas.
So far authorities have found that Paddock was a hunting enthusiast and licensed pilot.
Tanner says detectives from Las Vegas and North Las Vegas were at the scene in the resort community of Mesquite, located near the Arizona state line.
The brother of the shooter in the mass Las Vegas shooting says Stephen Craig Paddock was a big spender at casinos and often received free rooms and meals from the casinos.
Eric Paddock told reporters Monday his brother never showed signs that he could be violent and owned several guns but never collected firearms.
He described the wealth of his multimillionaire brother as substantial, said it included real estate and that he managed property for relatives.
Eric Paddock also described his brother as different than other people: “He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled.”
He says Stephen Craig Paddock did not care about religion or politics.
The father of suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Craig Paddock operated an Oregon bingo parlor after escaping from a Texas prison in the late 1960s.
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was put on the FBI most wanted list after the escape.
An Oregon Supreme Court opinion from 1981 says FBI agents him on Sept. 6, 1978, at the Bingo Center in the small city of Springfield. He went by different names and was identified by the court as Patrick Benjamin Paddock.
Despite the escape, Paddock was paroled the following year and returned to Oregon. He continued the bingo operation until authorities shut it down in 1987 and charged him with racketeering.
Don Bishoff, a columnist for The Register-Guard of Eugene, wrote in 1998 that Paddock pleaded no contest to the charges, but he received no jail time. He wrote that Paddock spent the last decade of his life in Texas.
The columnist described Paddock as one of the Eugene-Springfield area’s “most colorful rogues.” Paddock was also known as Bruce Ericksen.
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