Las Vegas: Gunman Of US's Worst Mass Shooting Was A 64-Year-Old Wealthy Investor

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| October 3 , 2017 , 13:28 IST

The worst mass shooting in modern US history took place in Las Vegas on Monday when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 fans attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 59 people and injuring 530 others before shooting himself.

Although Stephen Paddock has been clearly identified as the gunman when he was found on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with at least 17 guns, Police, FBI and family members are still stumped as to what could have been Stephen's motive.

While the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the horrific shooting, the FBI agent in charge in Las Vegas Aaron Rouse said that the investigators found no connection between the incident and international terrorism.

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"No affiliation, no religion, no politics. He never cared about any of that stuff," Stephen's brother Eric Paddock said.

A one-time accountant with no known criminal record, Stephen Paddock lived with his 62-year-old girlfriend in a retirement community in Nevada. Twice divorced, ge was a wealthy real-estate investor and enjoyed casinos, especially video poker in Las Vegas.

Eric Paddock, Stephen's brother, described him as a multimillionaire.

"He had substantial wealth. He'd tell me when he'd win. He'd grouse when he'd lost. He never said he'd lost $4 million or something. I think he would have told me," Eric said.

According to the supervisor of FBI's behavioural science unit Clint Van Zandt, Stephen didn't seem like a typical mass murderer. Stephen was older than the typical age-group of mass shooters and was also not known to be suffering from any mental illness.  

"My challenge is, I don't see any of the classic indicators, so far, that would suggest, 'OK, he's on the road either to suicide or homicide or both," Van Zandt said to AP.

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However, based on Stephen's planning it was evident that the attack was not on the spur of the moment and had been thought out, as he checked into the hotel with 10 suitcases on Sunday.

"He knew what he wanted to do. He knew how he was going to do it, and it doesn't seem like he had any kind of escape plan at all," Van Zandt said.

Stephen may not have had any criminal history, but his father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was a notorious bank robber who was arrested by the FBI when Stephen was 7. Diagnosed as a 'psychopath' Benjamin Hoskins escaped from a federal prison in Texas when Stephen was a teen in 1968. For nearly a decade Benjamin lived on the run under an assumed name but was identified in 1978 when he opened Oregon's first licensed Bingo parlour. He passed away in 1998.