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Crime Trackers: Las Vegas shooter had ties to Tucson

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TUCSON - The shooter responsible for the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States lived in Tucson as a child. 

Stephen Paddock’s father, Benjamin Paddock, worked in Tucson. He was also a convicted felon and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

The "Wanted" poster signed by J. Edgar Hoover was released in 1969 after Benjamin Paddock escaped from a federal prison in Texas. 

It read "Caution: Paddock, diagnosed as psychopathic, has carried fire arms in commission of bank robberies.  He reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous."

He was arrested in 1978 in Oregon and died in 1998.

While Paddocks were in Tucson, they lived in a quiet neighborhood. The current owner of their former home, who's been there 20 years, asked not to be identified.

"Their spirit is gone, so it doesn't bother me at all. My spirit's here now."

Benjamin Paddock was 34 years old when he lived in the house with his wife and four children during the 1960s. It was then when he reportedly robbed banks in Phoenix, including a Valley National Bank on East McDowell that's now a senior center. He reportedly took nearly $5,000. He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

His neighbors said at the time, "They couldn't believe that the colorful businessman was involved in crime."

And now one of the bank robber's sons is responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Another son, Eric Paddock, lives in Florida and is searching for answers.

"My brother just killed 50 plus people how does that affect me? I'm a little . . . I got this headache right now, strangely enough."

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