Brother of Las Vegas shooter 'dumbfounded' after attack

  • 03/10/2017

The brother of the suspected Las Vegas gunman has spoken out about his shock at hearing his brother is behind the attack.

Stephen Paddock is believed to be responsible for opening fire on a country music festival from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, killing at least 58 people and injuring over 500.

Eric Paddock told police in a statement he's "dumbfounded" after hearing of the shooting.

Speaking to CBS, Eric said his brother was "not an avid gun guy at all" with no military background.

Stephen Paddock and his brother Eric Paddock
Stephen Paddock and his brother Eric Paddock Photo credit: Stephen Paddock - Handout from Eric Paddock; Eric Paddock - Reuters

"He's a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite (Nev.), and drove down and gambled in Las Vegas," Eric said.

"He went to college, he had a job. We owned some apartments, we sold some apartments. There was nothing.

"Our condolences, you know, it could have been my kids at that show I don't know what else to say."

The Paddock brothers were not very close. The last time Eric heard from his brother was after Hurricane Irma when Stephen enquired about his 94-year-old mother's health.

Police are now reportedly speaking to their mother as she was the last person to speak to Stephen before the attack.

Eric said Marilou Danley, named as a person of interest after the shooting, was Stephen's girlfriend. 

Newshub.

Contact Newshub with your story tips:
news@newshub.co.nz