Gunman's Father Was on FBI's Most Wanted List

Screengrab Stephen Paddock

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a convicted bank robber and con man described in a wanted poster as "psychopathic" with suicidal tendencies, had escaped from prison in 1969, earning him a spot on the FBI's list of most-sought-after and risky criminals.

An FBI poster issued after the escape said Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had been "diagnosed as psychopathic" and should be considered "armed and very unsafe". "He reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very risky".

- The father of the gunman behind the deadliest shooting in modern us history robbed a string of banks in Arizona, escaped prison in Texas and tried to start a new life as the manager of a bingo parlor in OR, according to historical newspaper articles.

His brother Eric Paddock, who lives in Orlando, told reporters he was dumbfounded by what his brother had done. "I was born on the run, " he said, according to The Washington Post.

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"I can show you the text", he said. The gunman has been identified as 64 year old Stephen Paddock, a white make who lived in a senior center in Mesquite, Nevada.

Eric told WFTV: "There's nothing more I can say".

Paddock often checked in on his mother, who lived in a home on Clear Lake in Mesquite, but neighbours hinted he "wasn't very sociable". She is rumored to have lived with him since early 2017.

He described his brother as a multimillionaire and said they had business dealings and owned property together. He was found operating a bingo parlor in Springfield under an assumed name. He died in 1998.

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Armed with what appeared to be at least one automatic weapon, Stephen used the elevated vantage point to fire into the crowds across the Las Vegas Strip at the Route 91 Harvest festival, where the country singer Jason Aldean was onstage.

"What's unique for us is the gunman, the shooter, and the person with him, we in the Mesquite Police Department have not had any contact with these people in the past". One of the ex-wives lives in Southern California, where a large gathering of reporters congregated in her neighborhood.

"He was a loner", she says. He relayed that the two had not been in contact for a long time and did not have children.

Paddock also had the advantage of time, using multiple weapons and possibly reloading.

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