The shooter behind the Las Vegas massacre previously lived in Florida but moved to Las Vegas because he loved gambling, according to his brother. Eric Paddock said he helped his mass-murderer sibling Stephen move from Viera in Central Florida to Nevada in 2015 over his love for video poker, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.
Stephen previously owned a home in Heritage Isle, a 55-plus retirement community, and bragged to his neighbors about being a world traveler and “professional gambler by trade.” One woman, Sharon Judy, said he once showed her a picture of himself winning a $20,000 slot-machine jackpot. “He was friendly all the time,” said Judy.
Judy told Florida Today that Stephen seemed “normal, other than that he lived by gambling” and told her that he and his girlfriend Marilou Danley would stay up all night gambling. “He was very open about that,” Judy said. “First time we ever met him, he handed us the key to the house and said, ‘Hey, would keep an eye on the house, we’re only going to be here every now and then.’”
Stephen lived in Viera between 2013 and 2015, when he sold the home for $235,000, to move to another retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada. Judy said he’d only been around to the Florida home about five times with Danley. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Department said it never had any run-ins with the 64-year-old, who killed at least 58 people in Las Vegas Sunday night while shooting from the window of his 32nd-floor hotel room at Mandalay Bay.
Mick Anderson, who purchased the two-bedroom home, said he had no dealings with Stephen. “It was all done through his realtor and my realtor. House was listed, we liked it and we made an offer,” said Anderson. “I had no direct interaction with him. The only thing I can tell you is that documents were regularly late.”
Some of Stephen’s family, including his brother Eric and mother, live in Orlando. “He’s never even drawn his gun before,” Eric told the Orlando Sentinel, adding that Stephen had some guns but was never violent. “He’s just a guy.” Stephen had a stint working for aerospace company Lockheed Martin between 1985 and 1989, News6 in Florida reported. The company said it was cooperating in the investigation.
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