Brother says Las Vegas shooting suspect was high stakes gambler - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Brother says Las Vegas shooting suspect was high stakes gambler

Posted: Updated:
LAS VEGAS -

UPDATE:

A 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.

Previous Coverage:

The brother of the man suspected of opening fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing 50 and injuring hundreds more, says he was stunned when he heard the news. 

Eric Hudson Paddock of Orlando, Florida, said he had "no idea" why his brother committed the shooting.

 “Mars just fell into the earth,” he told NBC News. “We’re completely dumbfounded.”

Paddock described his brother as retired and said he was "just a guy" who went to hotels, gambled and went to shows. 

“We are completely at a loss,” Eric Paddock said.

At least 50 people were killed when Paddock opened fire into a crowd of approximately 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday night, police said. 406 people had been transported to hospitals, according to police. 

Police said Paddock shot and killed himself before police could reach him.

It is still not known what kind of weapon Paddock used, but officials said more than 10 rifles were recovered from his hotel room.

Paddock was a licensed pilot, who owned two planes. He also had a hunting license from Alaska.

Officials were searching for Marilou Danley, whom they identified as a companion of the suspect, Lombardo said.

Just before 7 a.m. ET, police tweeted that they had "located the female person of interest." Lombardo said Danley was located out of the country and was not believed to be involved in the shooting. He added that Paddock was utilizing some of her identification.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man in custody after stabbing eight-year-old boy in Spokane Valley

    Man in custody after stabbing eight-year-old boy in Spokane Valley

    Sunday, November 18 2018 12:06 AM EST2018-11-18 05:06:41 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 30-year-old male is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing an eight-year-old boy at a HiCo store in Spokane Valley Saturday night. Around 4:30 p.m, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of two males fighting along with the reported stabbing. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 30-year-old male is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing an eight-year-old boy at a HiCo store in Spokane Valley Saturday night. Around 4:30 p.m, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of two males fighting along with the reported stabbing. 

    >>
  • Three Montana deer test positive for brain wasting disease

    Three Montana deer test positive for brain wasting disease

    Saturday, November 17 2018 4:12 PM EST2018-11-17 21:12:49 GMT

    Montana wildlife officials say three deer in Blaine County have tested positive for a brain wasting disease. The Great Falls Tribune reports that the deer found to have chronic wasting disease were all harvested within a priority surveillance area. 

    >>

    Montana wildlife officials say three deer in Blaine County have tested positive for a brain wasting disease. The Great Falls Tribune reports that the deer found to have chronic wasting disease were all harvested within a priority surveillance area. 

    >>
  • Spokane Police investigating death of man shot during sex

    Spokane Police investigating death of man shot during sex

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 8:45 PM EST2018-11-15 01:45:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating the death of a man who reportedly shot himself in the head during sex. In a search warrant filed Nov. 8 in Spokane Superior Court, a detective wrote that around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, police were called to a home in the 7800 block of North Morton Ave. after a woman said her partner shot himself in the head. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating the death of a man who reportedly shot himself in the head during sex. In a search warrant filed Nov. 8 in Spokane Superior Court, a detective wrote that around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, police were called to a home in the 7800 block of North Morton Ave. after a woman said her partner shot himself in the head. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Man in custody after stabbing eight-year-old boy in Spokane Valley

    Man in custody after stabbing eight-year-old boy in Spokane Valley

    Sunday, November 18 2018 12:06 AM EST2018-11-18 05:06:41 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 30-year-old male is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing an eight-year-old boy at a HiCo store in Spokane Valley Saturday night. Around 4:30 p.m, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of two males fighting along with the reported stabbing. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 30-year-old male is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing an eight-year-old boy at a HiCo store in Spokane Valley Saturday night. Around 4:30 p.m, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of two males fighting along with the reported stabbing. 

    >>
  • One firefighter suffers minor injuries after North Spokane house fire

    One firefighter suffers minor injuries after North Spokane house fire

    Saturday, November 17 2018 10:55 PM EST2018-11-18 03:55:04 GMT
    One firefighter suffered minor injuries after a house fire broke out in North Spokane Saturday night. The home on North Perry Street between Buckeye Ave and North Foothills Drive was empty at the time the fire broke out. The fire was contained to one room of the house and crews were able to get the fire knocked down fairly quickly. The Red Cross was on scene to work with the homeowner. The firefighter who was injured did not need to be taken to a hospital. The cause...>>
    One firefighter suffered minor injuries after a house fire broke out in North Spokane Saturday night. The home on North Perry Street between Buckeye Ave and North Foothills Drive was empty at the time the fire broke out. The fire was contained to one room of the house and crews were able to get the fire knocked down fairly quickly. The Red Cross was on scene to work with the homeowner. The firefighter who was injured did not need to be taken to a hospital. The cause...>>
  • Five more bodies found, bringing death toll to 76 in Northern California wildfire, 1,300 remain unaccounted for

    Five more bodies found, bringing death toll to 76 in Northern California wildfire, 1,300 remain unaccounted for

    Saturday, November 17 2018 9:38 PM EST2018-11-18 02:38:09 GMT

    Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says emergency responders have made progress in finding people who had been reported missing in the wildfires but the list of those unaccounted for is now nearly 1,300. Honea pleaded Saturday with the public to check out the list and to call in if they are safe. 

    >>

    Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says emergency responders have made progress in finding people who had been reported missing in the wildfires but the list of those unaccounted for is now nearly 1,300. Honea pleaded Saturday with the public to check out the list and to call in if they are safe. 

    >>