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‘Las Vegas gunman, Stephen Paddock, was a retired accountant with no history of violence’



Stephen Craig Paddock was a retired accountant who lived on a desert golf course in Mesquite Nevada, with no known history of violence — until he shot dead 50 people in a hail of gunfire from his Las Vegas hotel window .

Paddock’ s family was in shock after the 64 -year-old sowed terror on the Vegas strip in the worst mass shooting in recent US history , which the Islamic State group early Monday claimed was carried out by one of its “ soldiers . ”

His brother , Eric Paddock, told CBS News his brother was “ not an avid gun guy at all. ”
“ Where the hell did he get automatic weapons ? He has no military background or anything like that, ” he said.

“ He ’ s a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite, drove down and gambled in Las Vegas . He did stuff . Eat burritos . ”

Paddock was found dead , apparently of a self -inflicted gunshot wound, when a police SWAT team burst in to his room on the 32 nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel .

The gunman, who photographs showed as greying with a trimmed beard and moustache , was a former accountant and a licensed pilot with no criminal record , according to ABC News.

At least eight weapons , including a number of long rifles , were recovered in his hotel room.

Las Vegas police said 50 people were confirmed dead and more than 400 people were transported to hospitals in the horrific shooting .

IS ’ s propaganda outlet, Amaq , said in online statements the attack was carried out by a “ soldier ” who had “ converted to Islam several months ago . ”

Security officials earlier said Paddock appeared to have been working alone, and his brother told US media he had no known religious affiliation .

“ Nothing . No religious affiliation , no political affiliation , he just hung out , ” Eric Paddock told CBS .

The 55 -year-old Paddock, who lives in Orlando Florida, told media the family was shocked by the shooting.

“ It ’ s like an asteroid just fell on top of our family , ” he told the Las Vegas Review -Journal . “ We have no idea how this happened . ”

Stephen Paddock also had a hunting license for Alaska , where hunting for big game like elk and bear is popular .

According to publicly available information , he resided in a new golf course development carved into the desert just outside Mesquite, Nevada on the border with Arizona. (AFP )

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