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Las Vegas Shooter Lived in Florida, Records Show

October 2, 2017 - 9:45am
Marilou Danley and Stephen Paddock
Marilou Danley and Stephen Paddock

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Fifty-nine people are now dead with over 520 injured from the Las Vegas massacre on Sunday, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

The shooter who opened fire on a crowd attending a music festival in Las Vegas once lived in Florida, records show.

Shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, lived in the Sunshine State for a brief stint, owning a home in Melbourne from April 2013 to May 2015.

Paddock resided in the 55-plus community of Heritage Isle in the community of Viera, which is just shy of 60 miles away from Orlando.

Paddock's brother, Eric Paddock, currently resides in Orlando. His mother lives in Orlando as well.

"He's my brother, we don't have a very close relationship but we talk occasionally," Paddock told the Daily Mail Monday. "There's no rhyme nor reason here, it makes no sense."

According to police reports, Paddock opened fire on a large crowd attending a Jason Aldean country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday evening, killing at least 50 people while injuring more than 500 others.

The numbers started out much smaller, with only two dead, then 20. The current number of dead  -- now at 58 -- is said to be a preliminary estimate and could climb as the day goes on.

Paddock's former roommate, Marilou Danley, named early by the Las Vegas sheriff as a person of interest in shooting, has now been cleared. She was out of the country when the attack occurred, according to Monday morning news reports.

Approximately 22,000 people were in the crowd to see Aldean play when the shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, spraying hundreds with bullets and causing chaos as concertgoers realized what was happening.

The shooting is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, topping last year’s tragedy at a gay nightclub in Orlando where 49 people died. 

Panic washed over concertgoers, many of whom began running to flee the concert, trampling each other to get out of the area. Aldean, still on stage, stopped playing and ran off to take cover from the gunman.

"Tonight has been beyond horrific," Aldean said in a statement posted to Instagram. "It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night."

According to Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Paddock shot himself before law enforcement officers arrived at the hotel room, which was filled with “numerous” weapons.

KTNV's Beth Fisher, citing a police source and reporting it on Twitter, “said shooter had 8 guns & 2 platforms set up to shoot from + cameras set up to see police arriving.” 

Police said Monday afternoon they found 18 more guns, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition in Paddock's home.

A motive for the shooting is not yet clear.

"We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said.

President Donald Trump responded to the incident on Twitter Monday morning, offering words of comfort to the victims of the tragedy.

"My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" Trump said.


This is a breaking story. Check back for updates. 

 

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen

 

 

Comments

Why does it seem the Florida media seems to take pride in the fact that murderers, terrorists, criminals, and idiots have ties to this state? It's nothing in which to take pride.

Voter record not found or record may belong to voter with information protected from public disclosure per section 119.071(2), (4), or (5), Florida Statutes. Contact your local Supervisor of Elections office to determine your registration status.

I looked this is what info was given

He has no no voter registration in Florida unless they have been sealed

He was a liberal

Can you prove it?

Yup, he was an evil, twisted, mal-contented miscreant. Enough said?

Voter registration records in Florida are open and show the party affiliation of each voter. I wonder why the writer of this article didn't comment on whether Paddock was a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. The Melbourne, Florida, area is a deep red, pro-military area of the state. I suppose we shall know more by tomorrow.

How are we to know whether it was the lucid Paddock or the insane Paddock at the time he registered to vote, IF he registered to vote in Florida, where he wasn't living at the time of his mass murder?

It's highly relevant to the issue of ready access to high power, military style weapons - no matter what condition of a potential user. Talk, like some of the above, is now not only cheap, but insidious to continued civil society.

Nobody can just walk into a gun store in the United States and buy "military style" weapons. Those are highly regulated by the Federal government and new one are not available to civilians at all. They must have been manufactured prior to 1986, and the purchaser will have to pay a tax stamp and pass extensive background checks. Since they must have been manufactured more than 31 years ago, a more accurate description would be "obsolete military style" weapons. But if they have the funds, anyone can illegally purchase military weapons through black market channels, regardless of where they live.

"Las Vegas Shooter Lived in Florida, Records Show" "Shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, lived in the Sunshine State for a brief stint, owning a home in Melbourne from April 2013 to May 2015." Relevance?

C Breeze what's you take man! Why do you always look for the worst motive? You need to get checked out!

...and your rationale for this residency "revelation" is WHAT Allison??? YOU think this is "news" or are you just "beating the drum" for "Liberal Democrat gun-control" AGAIN? (ALL "crazies" ultimately end up in California via Las Vegas... maybe even you one day (still posing as a "journalist" sans a "Journalism Degree")...

Allison's "revelation" might just be common sense, "CBreeze".

I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better? http://www.moviendoesperanzas.org/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=5870

What a stupid assumption about Allison. Everything about this story is news right now you raving galoot.

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