Brother says Las Vegas shooter was multi-millionaire real estate investor

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock says he was a multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate.

Eric Paddock told reporters Monday in Orlando that his brother was also an accountant for many years.

He was not aware of his brother having any recent financial difficulties.

Stephen Craig Paddock recently sent a walker by mail to his 90-year-old mother.

The brother says the shooter collected coins when he was a child.

Police have said the suspect killed at least 58 people in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The brother of the suspect in the worst U.S. mass shooting in the modern history says Stephen Craig Paddock was “not a normal guy” and frequently played high-stakes video poker.

Eric Paddock in an interview in Orlando, Florida, says his 64-year-old brother once “texted me a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine.”

He says his brother was “not a normal guy” and “played high-stakes video poker.”

Eric Paddock says last had contact with him via text messages in September.

He says his brother being named by authorities as the shooting suspect was “like if an asteroid fell out of the sky.”

Authorities say Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers at an outdoor country-music show in Las Vegas on Sunday night, leaving 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded.


ORLANDO, Fla. (NBC) — The brother of the man who is behind the largest mass shooting in U.S. history says his family feels like an asteroid just hit them.

Eric Paddock spoke outside his home in Orlando, Florida this morning, Oct. 2. He was visibly distraught and stunned to find out that his brother, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, is responsible for shooting and killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500 at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

His brother said Paddock was just a guy who gambled and went to hotels and shows, and as far as he knows had no affiliations to any groups.

He says his family has “no reason, rhyme or rationale,” for the shooting.

“Our condolences to everyone.  We just don’t understand. It’s like I said, an asteroid just fell out of the sky. And we have no reason, rhyme, rationale, excuse. There’s just nothing.

“The last time she (MOM) talked to him… no indication of anything. I mean nothing. He was in Vegas and then out on a cruise or something…  I mean he sent her a walker because she’s having trouble walking. I mean… it’s like I said, find out who sold him the machine gun.

“I mean it’s his fault that he did this, but I’d like to find out where he got the machine gun, because that can’t be something that’s easy to come by–I assume. He has no criminal record… nothing, nothing, nothing. He has no affiliation with anything… there’s nothing.”

“We’re working with the cops since the first thing, trying to you know understand, trying to make it do what we could. There’s just nothing. We have nothing to give you. He was just a guy.”

“I mean he’s definitely only himself. There’s no affiliations, once again that I know of, there’s no affiliations. There’s no church, there’s no politics, there’s no anything.”

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