Las Vegas Gunman's Brother: 'This Wasn't Terrorism, It Makes No Sense'
Erick Paddock in complete state of shock from brother actions
The brother of the Las Vegas gunman who massacred over 50 people and injuring 400, has said he believes the attack "wasn't terrorism" and it "makes no sense".
The brother of Stephen Paddock has been dumbfounded by the attack saying his brother was “just a guy” and speculated that "something snapped"
64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 music event.
The gunman's brother, Erick Paddock, is in a complete state of shock from his actions. Speaking to the Daily Mail he said there was “no indication” he was capable of carrying out such a deadly attack.
He added: “He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something.
“He's my brother, we don't have a very close relationship but we talk occasionally. There's no rhyme or reason here, it makes no sense"
“He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn't a terror attack.”
Daily Express reports: Eric Paddock, who did not regularly keep in contact with his brother, said he was now with their mother in Orlando, Florida.
He told DailyMail.com his brother had showed “no indication” he was capable of carrying out such a deadly attack.
Mr Paddock said: “He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something.
“He's my brother, we don't have a very close relationship but we talk occasionally. There's no rhyme or reason here, it makes no sense.
“We have absolutely no idea. Our condolences go to the victims and all their families.”
He said the shooting was not a terror attack but could not explain why his brother had carried out the deadliest shooting in US history.
Mr Paddock said: “He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn't a terror attack.”
He said his family were in shock and concerned at what could happen in the aftermath of the shooting.
Mr Paddock said: “Our family is OK, we're sitting in here in our house hoping that everyone doesn't attack us.
“My mother is 90 years old, lives down the street from me, we're just completely dumbfounded.”
Eric told CBS that his brother's partner, Marilou Danley, 62, worked at one of the hotels in Las Vegas.
He described his sibling as a normal guy, not "an avid gun guy."
He said: “He’s just a guy who lived in Mesquite who liked burritos.
“He had a couple of guns but they were all handgun, legal...he might have had one long gun, but he had them in a safe.
"His life is an open book. It's all in public record. Once again, there is nothing. He went to college. He had a job.”
And when asked when he had last heard from his brother, he said that he texted him to ask about my mum after the hurricane (in Florida).
He said: “I can show you the text. ‘How is mom? Did you get power?’ That was it...We have nothing for you.”
Eric claimed that his brother had ”No religious affiliation. No political affiliation. He just hung out.
“My kids didn't know him that well or anything. He lives on the other coast...He sends his mom cookies.
“We are shocked. We are horrified. We are having trouble finding the words.
“She (his wife) is a nice lady. I've met her three or four times. She's got a Facebook page. She sends cookies to my mum
“Not an avid gun guy at all...where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background.”
The gunman lived just 90 minutes outside Las Vegas in the city of Mesquite.
He bought the home in a retirement community for just over $369,000 in 2015 according to public records.
The shooter had hunting and fishing licenses according to public records, as well as his pilot's license.
Police said that he had no criminal record in the state of Nevada.
But officers found more guns in his home.
Thousands of panicked people fled the scene, in some cases trampling one another as law enforcement officers scrambled to locate and kill the gunman.
Shocked concertgoers, some with blood on their clothes, wandered the streets after the attack.
No other suspects are being sought after Stephen Paddock was discovered dead in his hotel room in Mandalay Bay.