The Strange Background of the Las Vegas Shooter
By JENNIFER MEDINA, RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and ADAM GOLDMAN. Law enforcement officials have said they are confident that Mr. Paddock, who had no prior criminal record, was the sole gunman on Sunday. Though the Islamic State group has claimed that he was one of its followers, officials say that they have found no evidence so far that he had ties to any extremist group. . .
His work history was not completely clear; his brother has described him as a wealthy retiree. Mr. Paddock worked for the federal government for roughly 10 years, from 1975 to 1985, a spokeswoman for the Office of Personnel Management confirmed.
Investigators unearthed multiple job applications, with Mr. Paddock’s fingerprints on file, as part of records reflecting his employment as a letter carrier for the Postal Service in the mid 1970s; as an Internal Revenue Service agent from 1978 to 1984; and as an auditor focused on defense contracts, a job he held until 1985. He also worked in the 1980s for one of the companies that later combined to form Lockheed Martin, the aerospace contractor. (Read more from this story about the Las Vegas Shooter HERE)
Sheriff: Paddock Did Not Act Alone
By Vincent Wood. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said: “At face value he had to have some help at some point and we want to ensure that that’s the answer.
“Maybe he was a superhuman who figured this out all on his own but it would be hard for me to believe that.”
Police confirmed the shooter “meticulously” planned his strike on the Route 91 Harvest Festival from his vantage points in the Mandalay Hotel.
Officers, who are investigating the double life of the cold-blooded killer, believe he spent decades acquiring weapons and living a “secret life”. (Read more from this story about the Las Vegas shooter HERE)
Las Vegas Shooter a “Multi-Millionaire”
By Brad Tuttle. Paddock also appears to have been quite wealthy. . . He owned two planes and was a licensed pilot, and owned homes in four states, according to the Washington Post. His brother said that Stephen Paddock made some $2 million when the two sold their real estate business a few years ago. And just before the massacre, he wired $100,000 to his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, in the Philippines, a transaction investigators are still attempting to explain. . .
Much of Paddock’s money appears to have been spent in casinos. NBC News reported that Paddock often gambled at least $10,000 a day in Las Vegas casinos, and sometimes upwards of $30,000 per day. He reportedly gambled a total of at least $160,000 at Vegas casinos in the weeks before the mass shooting.
It’s unclear how much he won or lost over this time span.A few years ago, he described himself as a “professional gambler by trade” according to his then-neighbor in central Florida, before he moved to Nevada. . .
Eric Paddock said that his brother Stephen pocketed roughly $2 million a few years ago when they sold off the real estate business they ran together. “He’s a multimillionaire,” Eric said, according to New York. “He helped me become affluent, he made me wealthy.” (Read more from this story about the Las Vegas shooter HERE)