Friday 20 October 2017

'I don't want them to chase bad leads' - Las Vegas gunman's brother helps authorities with investigation

Stephen Paddock
Stephen Paddock

Regina Garcia Cano and Ken Ritter, in Las Vegas

Investigators have met the brother of the Las Vegas gunman while friends and relatives of the 58 killed and other concert-goers returned to the scene to reclaim shoes, phones and bags left behind in the panic as they fled.

The interviews with Stephen Paddock's brother were part of an exhaustive search through the 64-year-old's life in search of clues about why he unleashed gunfire from broken windows in the 32rd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino.

Eric Paddock declined to say what he was asked, but he said he is co-operating with investigators, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"I'm trying to get them to understand Steve's mindset," Eric Paddock told the newspaper. "I don't want them to chase bad leads."

In a newly revealed court document obtained by CNN, Stephen Paddock described himself as a nocturnal creature who bet up to 1 million dollars each night at Las Vegas casinos in flip-flops and tracksuits, catching sleep in the day.

The description of his lifestyle comes from a deposition filed as part of a civil lawsuit he filed against Cosmopolitan Hotel, where he slipped and fell in 2011.

The personal effects being recovered were strewn across the massive grassy concert venue where 22,000 country music fans attended the Route 91 Harvest festival. They have become sentimental memories of loved ones for some, and haunting reminders of the night of terror for others.

Some of the victims of the deadliest shooting in modern US history have already been returned home for funerals while many others are en route ahead of services planned for later dates.

Eric Paddock said he came to Las Vegas to retrieve his brother's body in hopes of sending the cremated ashes to their 89-year-old mother in Orlando.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said he could not discuss the results of a post-mortem done on Stephen Paddock, who police said shot himself dead before officers arrived at the Las Vegas Strip hotel suite.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 3: Las Vegas Blvd. remained closed to vehicular traffic near the scene of Sunday night's mass shooting (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 3: Las Vegas Blvd. remained closed to vehicular traffic near the scene of Sunday night's mass shooting (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Crime scene tape and red balloons outside the Route 91 festival venue Photo: Mark Ralstonmark/Getty Images
Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A message of condolences for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting is displayed on the marquee of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A view of Las Vegas Village, a 15-acre open air venue on the Las Vegas strip, taken on October 3, 2017 AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Flowers were left on Las Vegas Blvd. near the scene of Sunday night's mass shooting (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The W Las Vegas displays a message for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Mourners light candles during a vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Las Vegas police investigate a side street near the Las Vegas Village after a lone gunman opened fired on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
People take an outdoor escalator past a sign asking for prayers for the victims outside of the MGM hotel in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with dozens of people killed and hundreds injured, some by gunfire, some during the chaotic escape. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A woman looks over a makeshift memorial site on Las Vegas Boulevard on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Nighttime view of the Las Vegas Strip including the festival grounds where a mass shooting occurred, bottom right, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. Authorities said Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino and began firing with a cache of weapons Sunday, killing dozens and injuring hundreds at a music festival. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A sign asking for blood donations on a marquee is shown following a mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2017. Photo taken October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Lisa Girion

Eric Paddock told the Review-Journal that he plans to put his brother's assets in a trust that would benefit the shooting victims. He has described his brother as a multimillionaire who considered himself a professional gambler and owned real estate.

The family of one of the victims, 56-year-old John Phippen, of Santa Clarita, California, has already asked a Nevada judge to appoint a special administrator to take control of the gunman's assets.

The lawyers said that is a necessary step to allow lawsuits to be brought against Paddock's estate.

People hug and cry outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
People hug and cry outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People tend to the wounded outside the festival ground after an apparent shooting on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
A pair of cowboy boots is shown in the street outside the concert venue after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas StripY
Police vehicles block a street corner after a deadly shooting at a music festival (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)
A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01 People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
People react at gunshots heard at music festival in Las Vegas, U.S., October 1, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. @RTBLECKvia REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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