Las Vegas police say a 64-year-old man committed the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
Authorities identified Stephen Paddock, 64, as the lone suspect who opened fire on thousands of people attending a country music festival Sunday evening. Over 58 people were killed and at least another 515 were injured from gunfire.
Paddock was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a hotel room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino following a police operation a little over one hour after the incident started.
Police say Paddock had at least 10 high-powered weapons with him in the hotel room, and he’s believed to have checked in to the hotel September 28.
More information about Paddock is starting to unravel, and his brother, Eric Paddock, said he’s “just a guy” that “freaked.”
Eric told The Daily Mail that his brother, to his knowledge, had “no political affiliation” and also had “no religious affiliation.
According to The Daily Mail, Paddock lived in a home 90 minutes outside of Vegas in Mesquite, where he purchased a home in a retirement community for $369,000 in 2015.
At the home, he lived with “companion” Marilou Danley, who was sought by police immediately after the shooting because her debit/credit card was located inside Paddock’s hotel room.
Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was a bank robber who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list in 1969 after he escaped a federal prison.
Public records obtained by The Daily Mail indicated that Paddock held both hunting and fishing licenses in the state of Nevada.
Additional information on his political beliefs and views of President Donald Trump haven’t been disclosed.
The mass shooting in Vegas comes just over four months after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a baseball practice being held by Republican members of Congress.
Hodgkinson was a small business owner in Illinois and was an Bernie Sanders supporter and volunteer. He wrote numerous social media posts regarding his hatred for Trump and also wrote “three years of impassionated letters to his local newspaper,” CNN reported.
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