Who is Stephen Paddock, the shooter killed in Las Vegas?

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 7:28 AM

What You Need to Know: Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas Shooter

Las Vegas authorities have named Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, as the man who shot and killed at least 50 people at an outdoor concert at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The shooting took place at 10:08 p.m. as a concert by country singer Jason Aldean was ending. Authorities say they have confirmed at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured at the event which was on the last day of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival - a country music event.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)(David Becker/Getty Images)

Here’s what we know about Paddock so far. Check back here for more updates: 

  • He was 64.
  • He was in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
  • He was taken down at the scene. Authorities say they believe he killed himself.
  • According to Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, law enforcement "located numerous firearms" in Paddock's hotel room. Lombardo described the weapons as “rifles.”
  • Lombardo also confirmed two vehicles that were being searched for have been located.
  • It is believed to be the deadliest shooting in US history, with the death toll surpassing the 49 killed at a nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. 
  • The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Paddock owned a home in Melbourne, Florida. He sold the 2-bedroom home located in a “55-plus” community in 2015. 
  • Police said Paddock had "at least 10 rifles" in the room. 
  • He had been staying in the room since Sept. 28. 
  • Police identified a female companion named Marilou Danley, who has been overseas and spoke to police Monday. Danley is not believed to have been involved in the shooting.
  • The FBI says the bureau had found "no connection with an international terrorist group."
  • He had no criminal record beyond a routine citation years ago. 
  • Paddock moved to Mesquite in June 2016 from Reno, Nevada. He live in Melbourne, Florida, Texas and California.
  • His father was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in the 1970s. He was accused of robbing banks.
  • Paddock had a pilot’s license.
  • He liked high-limit video poker.
  • He was the oldest of four children.
  • He had no criminal record.
  • He sued the Cosmopolitian Hotel and Resorts in Nevada, saying he slipped and fell in some water on the floor.
  • He had 23 guns in his hotel room, including semi-automatic rifles.
  • Some of the rifles had scopes.
  • Police found 19 rifles at his home.

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VP Mike Pence ready for secret meeting with North Korea, but North backs out

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:05 PM

Vice President Mike Pence, and seond lady, Karen Pence are pictured just in front of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong  (back left) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  
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Vice President Mike Pence, and seond lady, Karen Pence are pictured just in front of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong (back left) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets.

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Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but did not speak to her, creating a media sensation.

The North canceled the meeting just two hours before Pence was scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and another North Korean state official, Kim Yong Nam, on Feb. 10 after Pence announced new sanctions against the North Korean regime during his trip and rebuked it for its nuclear program, according to the Washington Post, which was the first to report on the secret meeting.

“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” the vice president’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

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News of the secret meeting comes as relations between the communist north and democratic south seem to be thawing in recent weeks with the announcement last month from Kim Jong-un that he was sending a delegation to the Olympics. He sent his sister to lead the group.

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“We regret [the North Koreans'] failure to seize this opportunity," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. "We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death."

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Pence said he planned to use his trip to the Olympics to prevent North Korea from using the games as a ploy for favorable propaganda on the communist regime.

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Parents locked 4 adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricted food, bathroom use, police say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:28 AM

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An Arizona couple is facing child abuse charges after police say they locked their four adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricting access to food and bathrooms.

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Alabama police officer shot, killed; suspect dead

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:36 AM

Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa. (Photo credit: Mobile Police Department)
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Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa. (Photo credit: Mobile Police Department)(Mobile Police Department)

An Alabama police officer who was shot Tuesday night has died, authorities say.

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Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls arming teachers 'the dumbest idea I've ever heard'

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

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Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) called an Alabama push to arm teachers “the dumbest idea [he had] ever heard” and “crazy.”

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Alabama’s state House is considering a bill that would allow teachers to carry firearms. State Rep. Will Ainsworth – who is sponsoring the bill – introduced it during a press conference at an Alabama elementary school. Ainsworth, a Republican, said teachers carrying guns would be required to undergo 40 hours of training before being certified to carry a gun in the classroom, AL.com reports. The state won’t pay for a teacher’s gun.

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Ainsworth said the law was about giving kids “a fighting chance.”

“The only way we can do that is to have people armed in the schools to fight back,” he said.

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But to Jones, the new law doesn’t make any sense. He told WKRG: “I think that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I think it’s crazy. You don’t need 40 to 50 guns in there, and it’s a cost issue. You’re going to have to train those teachers. You don’t need to arm America in order to stop this; you just need to be smart about it.”

Jones was elected to the upper chamber in December after a heated race with Republican candidate Roy Moore. The former U.S. attorney has advocated for gun control in the past while simultaneously being a Second Amendment supporter. During the Senate race, the National Rifle Association spent almost $55,000 on mailers against him. He was the first Democrat elected to a Senate seat from Alabama in over two decades.

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This isn’t the first time that pro-gun politicians have suggested arming educators, but the notion is getting another push in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 dead. A sheriff in one of Florida’s biggest counties said his department is putting together a program to train and arm teachers. Even Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been asked about the idea, although she declined to take a stand on the issue, instead saying: “I think this is an important issue for all states to grapple with and to tackle. They clearly have the opportunity and the option to do that and there are differences in how states approach this.”

Rare reached out to Sen. Doug Jones’ office but received no comment.

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