Brother of Las Vegas Shooting Suspect: Brother Was ‘Not An Avid Gun Guy At All’

Erik Paddock / Twitter
Erik Paddock / Twitter
• October 2, 2017 11:43 am


Erik Paddock, brother of the suspected shooter in Sunday night's Las Vegas mass shooting, said Monday that suspect Stephen Paddock was "not an avid gun guy at all."

At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 were injured when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on country music festival concert-goers Sunday night from his 32nd floor room at Mandalay Bay Hotel, according to local authorities.

Authorities are still investigating the motives of the shooter. Law enforcement officers found numerous guns inside the shooter's hotel room, including 10 rifles.

The shooter's brother spoke to reporters and appeared to be surprised by his brother's actions. He said Stephen Paddock wasn't an "avid gun guy," and that he had "no military background."

"No, not an avid gun guy at all. The fact he had those kind of weapons – where the hell did he get automatic weapons?" Erik Paddock said. "He has no military background."

Law enforcement officials were looking for Marilou Danley as a person of interest, but later on Monday said they no longer regarded her as being related to the case. Erik Paddock said Danley was his brother's girlfriend.

President Donald Trump called on the country to unify in the wake of the shooting.

"In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one, and it always has," he said. "We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity."

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