What We Know About Las Vegas Gunman Stephen Paddock
Stephen Paddock Identified As Shooter
Las Vegas, NV – Late Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a Jason Aldean concert at Mandalay Bay Casino and killed at least 58 people and wounded over 400 more.
At least two off-duty police officers were killed in the attack and an on-duty officer was wounded.
Information is coming in about Stephen Paddock, and here’s what we know.
No Clear Political Ties Have Been Found
Shortly after the shooting, Las Vegas Metro PD announced that they were looking for Marilou Danley, a woman whose credit cards are believed to have been found in Paddock’s room after he fatally shot himself when confronted by police.
Internet detectives combed through information about her and determined that at some point she may have been married to a man named Geary Danley.
Geary Danley’s Facebook page indicated that he might be a liberal, and they pinned him as the gunman and quickly spread word that a liberal was responsible for the attack.
The information quickly went viral despite Geary Danley having no connection to the incident.
ISIS has also claimed responsibility after the attack, but ISIS has a history of claiming responsibility for attacks that they have no connection to.
ISIS claims that Paddock converted to Islam months ago, but investigators have found no evidence that this was true and say that it’s highly unlikely.
Paddock’s brother spoke with Daily Mail who said that the attack seemed to come out of nowhere.
“He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn’t a terror attack,” Eric Paddock said, “He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something.”
Stephen Paddock Planned The Attack Well In Advance
Law enforcement officials say that there were more than 10 rifles and “19 weapons” found in Paddock’s room when he was killed. Based off of the video of the shooting, we can infer that at least one of the rifles was a fully-automatic weapon with multiple extremely large magazine.
Paddock either reloaded or switched weapons multiple times during the attack.
Stephen Paddock’s brother says that he didn’t even own that many guns, and nothing fully-automatic.
“It makes no sense. He’s never hit anybody. He’s never… he had a couple of hand guns, I think…he had a safe with a couple of hand guns. He might have had one long rifle, but he didn’t have any automatic weapons, that I knew of at any time. It just makes no sense,” Eric Paddock said.
Eric Paddock said that his brother had never been an “avid gun guy,” had no military background, and suggested that Stephen had to have obtained the weapons recently before the attack.
Stephen Paddock’s Father Was A Psychopathic ‘Most Wanted’ Bank Robber
Eric Paddock told journalists that their father was a convicted bank robber who had been on the FBI most wanted list in the 1960s.
Patrick Benjamin Paddock robbed Valley National Bank in 1960 and escaped with over $4,600. He was accused of robbing more banks, but was never convicted. Charges were dropped after he was convicted of the first robbery.
Reports state that he was “diagnosed as being psychopathic.”
He then escaped from the Federal Correctional Institution at La Tuna in Texas and placed on the FBI’s most wanted list.
Stephen Paddock Was Possibly Going Through A Divorce And In Debt
NBC News reports that Stephen Paddock was married and that he may have been going through a divorce. Eric Paddock identified Marilou Danley as his girlfriend.
Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said that prior to the shooting, Paddock had been using Marilou Danley’s slot club ID to gamble.
NBC reports that he had made large gambling transactions, but it’s unknown if those are wins or losses.
In 2012 Paddock had sued a Las Vegas hotel for “Negligence – Premises Liability,” claiming a floor obstruction made him slip and fall. The case was dismissed with prejudice before being settled in arbitration.