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“If you told me an asteroid fell into Earth, it would mean the same to me.
There's absolutely no sense, no reason he did this,” his brother Eric Paddock said in an interview outside his home in Orlando, Florida.
“He's just a guy who played video poker and took cruises and ate burritos at Taco Bell. There's no religious affiliation that we know of.” After the shooting, officers found Stephen Paddock dead with 17 guns on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where he had arrived Thursday.
But in his own life, Stephen Paddock, 64, had kept his nose clean until Sunday night, when he suddenly unleashed a firestorm of bullets from his casino hotel room, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 more on the Las Vegas Strip.
He liked to bet big, wagering tens of thousands of dollars in a sitting.
He owned homes in four states but preferred staying in casino hotels, sometimes for weeks at a time, as he worked the gambling machines.
“He never said much about it, just said they were moving back to Vegas.” Police in Texas and towns Paddock lived in in Nevada said they could find no records of run-ins with the law involving him.
California records show that Paddock married a woman named Peggy Okamoto in 1985.
He found out otherwise when Patrick went to the Air Force Academy and was told his father was a decorated veteran and still alive.