Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock’s Remains Given to Brother
Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock’s ashes were given to his brother—months after he committed the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said the ashes were given to Eric Paddock, who told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he had trouble getting his brother’s remains. He plans to keep them at a bank instead of his home in Florida.
Stephen Paddock is accused of killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more on the night of Oct. 1, firing down on a crowd of concert-goers from his Mandalay Bay hotel suite. He later shot and killed himself as police approached his room, according to officials.
“I’m putting the ashes in a safe deposit box in a bank in order to make sure that there’s no hoopla around Steve’s remains,” Eric Paddock told the paper. “I don’t want someone to do something stupid.”
Last month, the coroner also said that all of the people who died in the incident had died of gunshot wounds. None died of injuries related to their escape.
No motive has been released in the shooting.
According to Reuters, Paddock emailed about discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed.
Bump stocks believed to be used in the massacre were found in the 32nd-floor hotel room from where Stephen Paddock fired down on a crowd gathered on a Sunday night for the finale of a country music festival held on the Las Vegas Strip.
The details suggesting the attack may have planned months in advance were part of more than 300 pages of search warrants unsealed by a federal judge in Nevada on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times, one of several publications that sought release of the documents.
The documents also showed that Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, told investigators before they searched a house that the two shared that they might find her fingerprints on ammunition “because she occasionally participated in loading magazines,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
An unsealed search warrant shows that an email sent July 6, 2017, from an account linked to Paddock to an address that he may also have controlled discusses the use of bump stocks “for a thrill,” according to an affidavit posted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Reuters contributed to this report.