Authorities found 64-year-old suspect Stephen Paddock dead after he allegedly opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas Sunday night.
Photo emerges of Stephen Paddock, 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, who has been identified as suspected gunman in Las Vegas shooting. pic.twitter.com/IunCAVwygo
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On social media, a photo of Paddock emerged:
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Paddock, according to NBC News, lived in Mesquite, Nevada, with his companion, and now person of interest in the shooting, Marilou Danley. Police believe he acted as a “lone wolf” in the shooting, USA Today reported.
Paddock allegedly shot concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel building, where police found a cache of weapons. Police believe Paddock killed himself before they entered his hotel room.
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Las Vegas Sherriff Joseph Lombardo, according to The Telegraph, said he didn't suspect Paddock was connected to any militant groups. “We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo reportedly said. Paddock reportedly lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, which is a little more than an hour, or 80 miles, from Las Vegas.
Danley, an Australian citizen, may be of Indonesian descent and, according to public records, has lived with Paddock since the beginning of 2017.
On her Facebook profile, Danley apparently described herself as a “Proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”
The Independent reported that Paddock was a grandfather who lived in a $396,000 house. In the weeks leading up to Sunday's shooting, Paddock made several, large gambling transactions in the tens of thousands of dollars, NBC News reported.
As was previously reported, Paddock's brother, Eric, was “dumbfounded” and said there was “absolutely no indication he could do something like this.”
According to CNN, the Federal Aviation Administration is gathering Paddock's records and confirmed he had a private pilot's license. Law enforcement, as USA Today noted, found more weapons and ammunition when it searched Paddock's house.
The Daily Mail noted that Paddock was a retired accountant who also had hunting and fishing licesenses. His father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was a serial bank robber, escaped prison, and in 1969, was on the FBI's Most Wanted List. Paddock's father, according to the FBI, was “diagnosed as psychopathic.”
NOTE: This story has been updated.