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Las Vegas shooter spent part of childhood in Tucson

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Who was Stephen Paddock, the man suspected of killing more than 50 people on the Las Vegas Strip?

Paddock spent part of his childhood in Tucson with his parents and three siblings. His father, Benjamin "Chromedome" Paddock, was on the FBI's Most Wanted List after escaping from federal custody in 1968 in a bank robbery case.

Paddock was a teen when an FBI poster issued after the escape said his father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had been "diagnosed as psychopathic."
    
The FBI warning about the elder Paddock said he should be considered "armed and very dangerous." He had been serving a 20-year sentence for a string of Phoenix bank robberies.
    
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock died in 1998.
    
Eric Paddock's brother confirmed their father's identity in an interview Monday with The Orlando Sentinel.

His brother also said Stephen Paddock was "not a normal guy" and frequently played high high-stakes poker.
    
Eric Paddock in an interview in Orlando, Fla., said his 64-year-old brother once "texted me a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine." He said he last had contact with him via text messages in September.

He said his brother being named by authorities as the shooting suspect was "like if an asteroid fell out of the sky."

Stephen Paddock, 64, was a resident of Mesquite, a town of about 18,000 people on the Nevada-Arizona state line 82 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Authorities are searching his home Monday. They don't know how long he'd lived in the area.

He'd been staying in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas since last Thursday, authorities said.

From his room on the 32nd floor, he fired hundreds of rounds into the crowd on the street below at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Sunday night, killing more than 50 and wounding over 400.

Officers broke into his hotel room and found Paddock dead, police said in a statement. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said it appears he killed himself. Police don't think anybody else was involved.

More than 10 rifles were found in the room, Lombardo said.

Law enforcement has no "derogatory information" about Paddock, besides the fact that he received a citation several years ago that was handled in the court system, Lombardo said.

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Paddock had a private pilot's license and the FAA is gathering his records, according to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock's father was a notorious bank robber who tried to run down an FBI agent with his car in Las Vegas in 1960 and was on the agency's most wanted list after escaping from a federal prison in Texas in 1968.
    
Paddock was a teen when an FBI poster issued after the escape said his father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had been "diagnosed as psychopathic."
    
The FBI warning about the elder Paddock said he should be considered "armed and very dangerous." He had been serving a 20-year sentence for a string of Phoenix bank robberies.
    
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock died in 1998.
    
Eric Paddock's brother confirmed their father's identity in an interview Monday with The Orlando Sentinel.

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