Mass shooting suspect's father was on FBI Most Wanted List

Mass shooting suspect's father was on FBI Most Wanted List

Eric, the brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 50 people from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino late Sunday, told the Orlando Sentinel that their father was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock.

His father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was a diagnosed psychopath, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he was convicted of "bank robbery, automobile larceny, and confidence game".

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, born in Wisconsin, was the 302 person who appeared on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list, using aliases including "Big Daddy, " "Chromedome" and "Old Baldy". He had been serving a 20-year sentence for a string of Phoenix bank robberies.

Another neighbour Maria Alameida said the mother had moved into the home in 2004, saying: "We'd always have parties and now I'm thinking about how we could have made him mad".

Eric Paddock recalled receiving a recent text from his brother showing "a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine".

Benjamin Paddock died a few years ago.

"He was my brother and it's like an asteroid fell out of the sky", Eric Paddock said. "We haven't had any traffic stops, any law enforcement contact, no arrests or nothing", Averett said. "I don't know how it could have been prevented".

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Another neighbour, Maria Alameida, recalled that he bought the house for his mother in 2004 before brother Eric moved her to Florida some time later. He was found operating a bingo parlor in Springfield under an assumed name.

Stephen Paddock had been living in Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Past court filings and recorded deeds in California and Texas suggest he co-owned rental property.

Mesquite, Nevada, police spokesman Quinn Averett, said: "What's unique for us is the gunman, the shooter, and the person with him, we in the Mesquite Police Department have not had any contact with these people in the past".

He has been divorced at least twice, including marriages that ended in 1980 and 1990.

"We assure though that the BI shall cooperate with any and all of our worldwide counterparts in providing any relevant information that would help their investigation", she said.

Stephen Paddock checked into the hotel on Thursday. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed by a judge and settled by arbitration. Paddock was 34 at the time, and had already been to prison twice for his role in what the Arizona Republic called "confidence games".

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