An undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.
An undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. John Raoux

Brother of Las Vegas shooter shares family's private hell

By Lucy Pasha-Robinson, of The Independent

THE brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has called him a "highly intelligent, highly successful person” in an emotional interview.

Speaking in front of his Orlando home, Eric Paddock told reporters he was having difficulty processing the "horror story” that unfurled on Sunday when his brother gunned down 58 people and injured almost 500.

Mr Paddock said there were "no types of clue” as to why the retired accountant opened fire on concert-goers before killing himself.

"I hope they find there's a tumour in his head or something, if they don't then we're all in trouble,” he told CBS News. "This is what everyone's so scared about right now.”

He added: "Something had to happen to Steve - I'm not even trying to excuse it - but something happened that drove him into the pit of hell and he did this. Whatever happened to him, it happened over the course of months.”

Mr Paddock added his family was finding it difficult to cope with the news, saying "how the hell did this happen?”

"My son is just crushed by this and it has nothing to do with him. I'm an old-school guy, this crying thing is not my normal gig, I can't even process this really,” he said as tears rolled down his face.

"Steve took care of the people he loved. He helped make me and my family wealthy. He's the reason I was able to retire. This is the Steve we know, we knew. The people he loved and took care of.”



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