Eric Paddock helped his brother, suspected Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, move from Central Florida to Nevada two years of time of time ago to feed his video-poker habit & get away from the stateâ€™s humidity.
On Mon., he was making an attempt to fathom how his brother might have opened fire from his 32nd-floor hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip Sun. night, killing at the least 59 people & injuring greater than 500 others who have been at an outside music festival.
“An asteroid just fell out of the sky,â€� stated Eric Paddock, 57, who lives in east Orange County. â€œWe have completely no [idea] why on the earth he would do one thing like this.”
FBI agents showed up at Eric Paddockâ€™s door Mon., wanting to know why his brother would commit the deadliest mass shooting in trendy U.S. historical past.
Previously, Orlando held in that dubious record for the Jun. 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre, which killed 49 people & injure at the least 68.
Stephen Paddock killed himself in his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino as cops officers closed in.
Eric Paddock, speaking outside his home, stated his brother was by no means violent & had no historical past of mental sickness. He additionally wasn’t a veteran &, in accordance to the FBI, had no ties to the extremist Islamic State group, which had claimed a connection. He was a gun owner, still Eric Paddock stated he by no means knew his brother to have weapons powerful sufficient to do such injury.
â€œWe are utterly dumbfounded,â€� he stated. â€œWe canâ€™t perceive what occurred.â€�
The Las Vegas sheriff stated they found 18 weapons, explosives & hundreds of rounds of ammunition at Paddock’s home.
He lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, near the Arizona border. Eric Paddock stated his brother was a retiree & high-level poker player.
Eric Paddock stated his brother sold his 2-year-old home in Viera, north of Melbourne, & moved away partly to escape Floridaâ€™s humidity.
The present resident of Stephen Paddockâ€™s former Brevard County home on Sansome Circle, Mick Anderson, 68 â€” who bought the home for $235,000 â€” stated he didnâ€™t know Paddock.
“What drives somebody to do what he did? I just do not get it,” Anderson stated.
Sharon Judy stated she met Paddock when she & her spouse moved in to the neighborhood of manicured lawns concerning the same time as he did. Paddock told her he wasnâ€™t going to live there full time & gave her a key to examine on his home.
â€œHe was only a usual senior citizen to us,â€� Judy stated.
She stated Paddock described himself as a world traveler & “skilled gambler by trade” & stated he once showed her an image of himself profitable a $20,000 slot-machine jackpot.
Judy stated she was shocked when she heard the news source on the radio & did not know the neighborhood connection to the shooting until reporters knocked on her door.
â€œHe was real pleasant, very outgoing, very open about what he did for a living,â€� she stated.
Two special agents with the FBI arrived at Eric Paddockâ€™s home shortly after 10 a.m. Mon.. They interviewed him for about an hour & talked to his 89-year-old mother, who lives close by. He additionally received a call from the Las Vegas cops officers, he stated.
Paddock stated the last time he communicated with his brother was to textual content about an influence outage at their motherâ€™s home after Hurricane Irma. Eric Paddock stated his brother talked to his mother a few weeks ago to authenticate up on her & â€œeverything was high-quality.â€� Stephen Paddock had bought her a walker lately.
Stephen & Eric Paddockâ€™s dad additionally had ties to crime, gambling & Las Vegas.
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who typically went by Patrick Benjamin Paddock, was a bank robber who was put on the FBIâ€™s most-wanted list in 1969. A former garbage-disposal salesman & serviceman, in accordance to a 1960 article by the Arizona Republic, he was arrested (taken in to custody) in Las Vegas in that yr & tried to run an FBI agent over with his auto before he was captured.
He made the list after escaping from a federal jail in La Tuna, Texas, on Dec. 31, 1968, having served eight years of time of time of a 20-year sentence. The- FBI at the time described Hoskins Paddock as a frequent gambler & avid bridge player. He’d a wife and 4 kids in Arizona, officers stated in 1969.
Hoskins Paddock was captured in Springfield, Ore., in 1978. He’d opened a bingo parlor for a nonprofit organization in Eugene, Ore., throughout his time on the lam. He died in 1998.
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