Nothing in Stephen Paddock’s background suggests why he would have been on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with at least 17 guns on Sunday night, raining an unparalleled slaughter upon an outdoor country music festival below.
He was a resident of Nevada retirement community where the amenities include golf, tennis and bocce. He was a wealthy real-estate investor, recently shipped his 90-year-old mother a walker and liked to play high-stakes video poker in Las Vegas.
Investigators and family members have no idea what would motivate a one-time accountant with no known criminal record to inflict so much carnage. Paddock had apparently planned the attack in great detail, including showing up at the hotel with at least 10 suitcases.
At least 59 people were killed and nearly 530 injured in Paddock’s attack.
Stephen’s brother Eric Paddock said as he alternately wept and shouted. “No affiliation, no religion, no politics. He never cared about any of that stuff.He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled.”He described his brother as a multimillionaire and said they had business dealings and owned property together. He said he was not aware that his brother had gambling debts.