Stephen Paddock, 64, was a wealthy former accountant who opened fire on an open air country music concert in Las Vegas shortly after 10 pm local time in the west of the United States.
Paddock used rifles equipped with a device that allowed the weapons to rapid-fire. Police confirmed his use of a “bump stock” Tuesday afternoon in a press conference.
The shooter kept firing for about nine minutes after the first 911 call went out, and he utilized a camera in a food service cart outside his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
The Las Vegas Police Department is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other parties to probe the mass shooting that resulted in at least 59 dead and over 500 injured.
The “lone wolf” gunman was not known to authorities as a threat previous to Sunday, and held no criminal record. Paddock had a pilot’s and hunting license, and lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada.
Paddock has been described as a professional gambler and traveled to Las Vegas often to participate in the game.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who has been hosting the press conferences, said the following on Paddock: “We have no investigative information or background associated with this individual that is derogatory.”
Mr Lombardo did mention Paddock received a citation “several years ago” but that it “was handled as a matter of normal practice in the court system.”
Authorities had ruled out any connection to international terror or militant groups by Monday.
Eric Hudson Paddock of Orlando, Florida, said he had “no idea” why his brother committed the shooting.
Eric Paddock told NBC News that his retired brother regularly went to Las Vegas to gamble and for shows.
Stephen Paddock made several heavy transactions in the days leading up to the shooting, including around $100,000 USD that was sent to the Philippines. This has not been confirmed by authorities at this time, however.
Eric Paddock aso disclosed that his and Stephen’s father was on the FBI’s notorious “Most Wanted” list.
In the 1960’s and 70’s, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was a bank robber, an escaped federal prisoner and an eventual fugitive who made it on to the “Most Wanted” list.
Paddock the elder was arrested for robbing a bank in Pheonix in 1961 while living in Tuscon with four children, according to the New York Daily News. He allegedly robbed other financial instituitions but was never charged for them.
After being caught in an attempt to escape prison in Las Vegas, he was moved to La Tuna in Texas and escaped on Dec 31 at the end of 1968.
The elder Paddock was placed on the “Most Wanted” list on June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977. Eric Paddock said his father died a few years ago, and that Stephen was born while his father was on the run.
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