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© (AP Photo/John Raoux) - Eric Paddock holds a photo of him, at left, and his brother, Stephen Paddock, at right, outside his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday killing dozen © (AP Photo/John Raoux) - Eric Paddock holds a photo of him, at left, and his brother, Stephen Paddock, at right, outside his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday killing dozen
© (AP Photo/John Raoux) - Eric Paddock, left, brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, speaks to members of the media outside his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Paddock told the Orlando Sentinel: "We are completely dumbfounded." © (AP Photo/John Raoux) - Eric Paddock, left, brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, speaks to members of the media outside his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Paddock told the Orlando Sentinel: "We are completely dumbfounded."
© (AP Photo/John Raoux) - ric Paddock brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, speaks to members of the media outside his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. © (AP Photo/John Raoux) - ric Paddock brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, speaks to members of the media outside his home, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
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The brother of the shooter in the mass Las Vegas shooting says Stephen Craig Paddock was a big spender at casinos and often received free rooms and meals from the casinos.
  
Eric Paddock told reporters Monday his brother never showed signs that he could be violent and owned several guns but never collected firearms.
  
He described the wealth of his multimillionaire brother as substantial, said it included real estate and that he managed property for relatives.
  
Eric Paddock also described his brother as different than other people: "He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled."
  
He says Stephen Craig Paddock did not care about religion or politics.


A brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock says he was a multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate.
  
Eric Paddock told reporters Monday in Orlando that his brother was also an accountant for many years.
  
He was not aware of his brother having any recent financial difficulties.
  
Stephen Craig Paddock recently sent a walker by mail to his 90-year-old mother.
  
The brother says the shooter collected coins when he was a child.
  
Police have said the suspect killed at least 58 people in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.


The father of suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Craig Paddock operated an Oregon bingo parlor after escaping from a Texas prison in the late 1960s.
  
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was put on the FBI most wanted list after the escape.
  
An Oregon Supreme Court opinion from 1981 says FBI agents him on Sept. 6, 1978, at the Bingo Center in the small city of Springfield. He went by different names and was identified by the court as Patrick Benjamin Paddock.
  
Despite the escape, Paddock was paroled the following year and returned to Oregon. He continued the bingo operation until authorities shut it down in 1987 and charged him with racketeering.
  
Don Bishoff, a columnist for The Register-Guard of Eugene, wrote in 1998 that Paddock pleaded no contest to the charges, but he received no jail time. He wrote that Paddock spent the last decade of his life in Texas.
  
The columnist described Paddock as one of the Eugene-Springfield area's "most colorful rogues." Paddock was also known as Bruce Ericksen.
  
Police say his oldest son killed at least 58 people in Las Vegas in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More than 500 were wounded.

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