Las Vegas Shooter's Father Was On FBI Most Wanted List

Gladys Abbott
October 9, 2017

Stephen Paddock - the gunman who opened fired on concertgoers in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 527 others - was the son of a notorious bank robber who spent almost eight years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list.

An FBI wanted poster from 1969 says Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was born in Sheboygan, Wis., in 1926.

In 1960, Benjamin Paddock was charged with stealing $25,000 from three different banks in Arizona, where he and his son are thought to have lived. He was removed from the Most Wanted list on May 5, 1977.

As reported at NY Daily News, Patrick Benjamin Paddock was arrested in his 30s after he'd robbed a Valley National Bank in Phoenix in 1960.

The perpetrator of what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history has a familiar connection to criminality. The 34-year-old tried to run an agent over with his vehicle during his arrest, according to an article by the Tucson Daily Citizen.

Reports indicate Benjamin Paddock went on to face racketeering charges in Oregon.

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As the identities of the victims started coming in Monday morning and authorities said that the death toll stands at 58 with more than 500 injured, more information has come out on the 64-year-old killer, a man by the name of Stephen Craig Paddock.

He tried to resist arrest and run down an agent with his vehicle after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Las Vegas caught him in the summer of 1960, according to the Tuscon Daily Citizen.

As for what motivated the actions of his brother, Eric Paddock said he and his family are "still just completely befuddled".

As an Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted poster once put it, the elder Paddock was a man who had been "diagnosed as psychopathic", seemed to have "suicidal tendencies" and "should be considered armed and very unsafe". "There's no political affiliation that we know of".

Stephen Paddock was not known to police before the attack that devastated America.

Eric Paddock told the Orlando Sentinel that he had helped his brother move from Florida to Nevada two years ago, saying his brother wanted to play video poker and escape the humidity. "There's absolutely no sense, no reason he did this".

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