Las Vegas Shooter Identified as Stephen Paddock, He Was a Retired Accountant
The suspected gunman in the Las Vegas shooting has been identified as a white man named Stephen Paddock.
The shooting has been said to be the deadliest in US history, leaving at least 50 people dead, more than the 49 killed at the nightclub in Orlando in 2016.
Over 200 people have also been said to be injured, after Paddock reportedly opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Paddock has also been reportedly shot dead.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) also identified a Marilou Danley who was said to be traveling with Paddock. She is wanted for questioning, they said.
Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
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.”