Las Vegas gunman may have planned to attack Lorde concert first

Las Vegas gunman may have planned to attack Lorde concert first

Las Vegas gunman may have planned to attack Lorde concert first

64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd at a Las Vegas country music festival on the night of October 1, killing at least 58 people and wounding 515.

Marilou Danley, 62, was initially said to be a "person of interest" but has since been cleared of any involvement in the shocking shooting that left 59 dead and more than 500 injured.

Stephen Paddock rented condos overlooking the annual Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas last week, which this year was headlined by Lorde and Chance the Rapper, a source told the The Daily Beast.

Stephen Paddock had been living in Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. CNN reports that he previously lived in Orlando, Florida.

Jorge Juertes lived next door to Paddock's mother when she resided in Dallas, Texas, and said he met the killer once.

"Mars just fell into the earth, "he said". He said his brother had handguns and possibly a long gun, but insisted he had no machine guns and didn't know where he would have obtained them.

Eric said they had little to do with their father.


Another neighbour Maria Alameida said the mother had moved into the home in 2004, saying: "We'd always have parties and now I'm thinking about how we could have made him mad". According to his brothers, he grew up in Sun Valley, California.

Patrick was known by the Federal Bureau of Investigation by his alias name, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock.

A little earlier, and the sheriff of Las Vegas Joe Lombardo, however, had explained that there was not, to his knowledge, the link between the shooter and the AR. Newsweek reports that he broke out of a Texas prison on December 24, 1968.

According to an Arizona Republic article from January 1961, the elder Paddock surrendered two days after the robbery after an officer shot at his vehicle, shattering his windshield.

ABC News reports that a poster circulating back in 1969 describes Benjamin as "psychopathic" with "suicidal tendencies" and "should be considered armed and very unsafe".

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after Sunday night's mass shooting. He was described at the time as a "glib, smooth-talking man who is egotistical and arrogant", Newsweek reports. He was captured ten years later in Oregon.

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