After Sunday night’s mass shooting at a country music festival, many are hurriedly trying to piece together some semblance of a profile of the shooter. While there is still no clear motive for the attack that left 59 people dead, much of Stephen Paddock’s life is coming to light. Old images and videos are showing us who he was before this moment.
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Security camera footage from 2011 has many people talking. As the Daily Wire reports, “the video, which contains footage from multiple security cameras, was preserved due to Paddock’s ultimately unsuccessful 2012 lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas after he slipped in a puddle of liquid and fell.”
Many of those who knew Paddock describe him as a gambler who liked the lifestyle of the Las Vegas poker scene. Others, such as the attorney for the Cosmopolitan, Marty Kravitz, have other words for Paddock. Kravitz remembers him as “bizarre” and “slovenly and careless.”
Kravitz shared his insights with NBC, who obtained the video. He said he was considered to be a “high-roller” by one unidentified casino. Yet Kravitz was struck by the way he dressed. When he fell in the Cosmopolitan, he had been wearing what Kravitz called “crappy flip-flops.” “You wonder what a guy like this is doing at the Cosmo,” he added.
This is hardly odd for Vegas, though, and didn’t raise red flags. Eccentricity is part of the allure of the town.
“This is not a guy that I would have looked at and thought, ‘He’s going to commit a crime one day,'” Kravitz concluded.
Others, such as NBC, are quoting unnamed sources that suggest Paddock owed large sums of money to casinos. This is in contrast to CNN’s take, though. CNN is reporting that Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines.
What is clear now is that psychopathy runs in the family. Paddock’s father, a bank robber who escaped from prison back in the late 1960’s, was reportedly diagnosed as a psychopath by the FBI. Paddock even made the notorious most-wanted list in the 1970s before he was recaptured.
Unlike his father, though, this seems to have been Stephen Paddock’s first brush with the law. As more information becomes available, we’ll continue to flesh out his profile.