Brother of man ID’d as Las Vegas shooter: ‘Like an asteroid just fell on top of our family’

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Eric Paddock, brother of suspect Stephen Paddock

By Brett Molina

The brother of the man who police say killed at least 58 people and injured about 515 said his family is “dumbfounded” by details of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“We can’t understand what happened,” said Eric Paddock, brother of Stephen Paddock, identified by authorities in Las Vegas as the gunman who opened fire from a hotel room during a nearby outdoor concert.

Paddock spoke outside his home near Orlando, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Stephen Paddock, 64, was found dead by officers who stormed his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Eric Paddock said his brother was never an “avid gun guy” and didn’t have any background in the military.

“He’s a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite (Nev.), and drove down and gambled in Las Vegas.” said Paddock, in a video clip of an interview posted by CBS News. “He did stuff, ate burritos.

Eric Paddock also said there is “no reason” the family could imagine his brother carrying out this massacre, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s like an asteroid just fell on top of our family.”

A motive for this shooting has not been determined at this point.

The last time Eric Paddock spoke to his brother was after Hurricane Irma, when his brother texted to check on their mom. Eric believes their mother was the last one to speak with Stephen Paddock.

“There’s absolutely no way I can even conceive that my brother would shoot a bunch of people he didn’t even know,” Eric Paddock said. “There’s no rationale. There’s nothing anywhere that said why he did this.”

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