The Daily Mail contacted the brother of the Las Vegas shooter who was completely dumbfounded by the shooting and said he must’ve snapped or something, suggesting this was atypical behavior for his brother:
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DAILY MAIL – The brother of the Las Vegas shooter said that he was a normal guy who must have ‘snapped’ before carrying out the worst mass shooting in American history.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Eric Paddock said that ‘something happened’ to make his brother Stephen kill at least 50 people and injure 200.
Eric said that there was ‘absolutely no indication he could do something like this’ and said that Stephen had no political or religious affiliation.
He said: ‘He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something’.
Speaking from his home in Orlando, Florida, Eric said: ‘We know absolutely nothing, this is just, we are dumbfounded.
‘We have absolutely no idea. Our condolences go to the victims and all their families’.
Eric said that he and Stephen, 64, lived on different coasts – Stephen’s last address was in Mesquite, Nevada – and that they did not speak that often.
He said that his mother was ‘in shock’ and struggling to cope with the news.
He said: ‘Our family is OK, we’re sitting in here in our house hoping that everyone doesn’t attack us.
‘My mother is 90 years old, lives down the street from me, we’re just completely dumbfounded
You can imagine how this is affected her.
Here’s more on the shooter:
NBC News reports that Paddock was married and going through a divorce or somehow splitting up with his wife, though it was not clear who that woman is. NBC also said it is not known if the marital issues played any role in the shooting.
Clark County court records show that Paddock sued a Las Vegas strip hotel in 2012. He filed the lawsuit against Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts Inc. in September 2012. The case was dismissed with prejudice on October 3, 2014, and then later settled through arbitration. Records show he was suing for “Negligence – Premises Liability.” According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Paddock claimed in the lawsuit he “slipped and fell on an obstruction on the floor” and was injured because of the “dangerous condition.”
Also he did have a Pilot’s license:
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And one last bit from the Sheriff in Las Vegas:
He described the suspect as a “distraught person intending to cause mass casualties”, adding that he killed himself as police approached the hotel room.
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