It has been reported that Oct 1, 2017 was the deadliest mass shooting of all time in the U.S. Stephen Paddock was identified as the shooter who targeted the 30,000 people that attended the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Paddock’s family was taken aback by the news that their relative was in fact the cause of this heinous act. Bruce Paddock, the shooter’s brother stated: “he was a laid back, never in a hurry type of guy. He was a law abiding citizen who never did anything violent prior to the shooting.”
There was nothing that lead Paddock’s family to believe that there was something wrong with Stephen to prompt his killing spree. However, law enforcement found 10 rifles on the 32nd floor of his Mandalay Bay hotel room. Paddock used the room to stage his shooting spree.
Paddock is said to not fit the mass shooter profile, according to TMZ. “He has a hunting license in Alaska, he got pilots license in 2003, which means he has undergone some mental and physical evaluation.”
During Paddocks time in Las Vegas he was living in a retirement community, gambling, and attending shows at the local hotel and casinos like Mandalay Bay. It has also been reported that Paddock and his mother owned a few buildings. Additionally, he owned a few planes to accompany his pilot license.
Reports suggest that Paddock was not your typical mass shooter as many descriptions about him were positive. Even remarks from his estranged brother, whom Paddock had not conversed with in over 10 years, were supportive. He was not said to be manic or depressive.
Bruce Paddock explained that through this whole fiasco, Stephen did not harm, nor did he kill his estranged girlfriend or what he believed to be Stephen’s secret wife.
According to NBC news, Paddock had no accomplice but it was advanced by police that Marilou Donley, his companion, was a person of interest. Nevertheless, “at the time of the shooting she was out of the country and had no ties to the massacre.” Paddock use of her identification may have caused police to point a finger at Donley.
Reports on the Paddock family history state that, “Their father, Benjamin Paddock, was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list for robbing banks.” None of the reports ever stated that their father, Benjamin Paddock had ever harmed anyone during his bank transactions. The fact that that the shooter’s father was a repeat offender and was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list for robbing banks, exposed Paddock to public violence. Prior to Oct 1, 2017, Paddock had a clean record.
According to news reports out of Las Vegas, over 58 concert attendees were killed and more than 500 were injured. The Massacre tops the history books as being the number 1 shooting spree in the U.S.
Paddock was among the reported 58 people killed as a result of the massacre.
Written by Alexandria Martin
CNN:The Las Vegas Attack Is The Deadliest Mass Shooting In Modern U.S. History
NBC News: Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Had Recent Large Gambling Transactions
TMZ: Stephen Paddock Doesn’t Fit Mass Shooter Profile
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