The brother of Stephen Paddock, the suspected gunman in the Las Vegas shooting that killed more than 50 people, has said that his family have been left stunned by the news.
“We have no idea. We’re horrified. We’re bewildered and our condolences go out to the victims,” Eric Paddock said in a brief telephone interview with Reuters, his voice trembling. “We have no idea in the world.”
Police believe Mr Paddock shot himself just ahead of their arrival. He allegedly shot down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel at a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the famous Vegas Strip.
Country music star Jason Aldean was performing on stage at the time of the shooting, around 10 pm local time.
Mr Paddock is from Mesquite, Nevada approximately 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
The New York Times has reported he was known to Las Vegas police, but only for a routine traffic violation. He was not known to the Mesquite police at all, according to Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the Mesquite police.
Mr Paddock had over ten rifles in his hotel room, where he had reportedly checked in three or four days ago, according to Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.
Police are set to search Mr Paddock’s residence as well.
Las Vegas Police have not called this a terrorism event, however it may qualify as one under Nevada state law.
The law defines terrorism in the state as any event that “is intended to…cause great bodily harm or death to the general population.”
There have been reports that terror group Isis has been celebrating the event on their channels, but that is not an indication it was directly involved.
Police questioed a women believed to be a companion of Mr Paddock’s, Marlilou Danley, but have since cleared her of any involvement in the shooting.
Mr Paddock’s alleged motive is unknown as well as…