To some, Stephen Craig Paddock was a ghost, rarely-if-ever seen and one who kept his political and personal views to himself. To his family, he was a retired accountant who gambled for a living and lived about an hour outside of Las Vegas. Video poker was his forté, his brother said.
To the rest of the world, Paddock, 64, is the gunman who opened fire from inside a 32nd floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas late Sunday night, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 others who were attending a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
Police said when Paddock ended his shooting spree, he turned a weapon on himself and took his life. Police found at least 17 rifles in his hotel room and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
“There’s no there, there,” Paddock’s brother Eric Paddock said during an hour-long interview with assembled media outside his suburban Orlando home Monday afternoon. “He’s a guy who freaked out. Something went wrong in his head.”
Stephen Paddock has no military background, according to his brother, and no political leanings. He liked to travel, eat at good restaurants and play poker, often for high stakes. He lived with a woman two years his junior named Marilou Danley whose LinkedIn page says she once worked as a hostess at Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada.
“He won cars, $250,000 checks. It was a job to him,” Eric Paddock said. “They need…